Are you entitled to head injury compensation?

Whether you were in a car accident, part of a work related incident, or whether you just slipped and fell because of neglect, you may be entitled to compensation for your head or brain injury. Every year it is estimated that 1.4 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury. If you or a loved one sustained a concussion, memory loss, coma, or even death, you may be entitled to compensation for your accident.

Head injury symptoms:

If you were in an accident and are not sure if you sustained a serious head injury there are several symptoms that you should be aware of. If you suffer from any of these symptoms after an accident, be sure to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Some of the most common symptoms of a brain injury include: nausea, dizziness, loss of balance, vomiting, ringing in the ears, and neck pain. If you feel any of these symptoms after an accident you most likely have sustained a head injury. Depending on the severity of the brain injury, symptoms should last less than a few weeks. However if the injury is severe, they could be permanent. No matter how mild you believe your symptoms to be, be sure to see a doctor if you think you have any head injury at all because some of the most severe head injuries (like hematoma) can take days to show symptoms.

How to file a brain injury claim:

If you want to file a claim with your insurance company, or the with the company you believe caused your head injury there are a few things you should keep accurate records of to help your case in the event of a lawsuit.

Medical Expenses: If a judge rules in your favor, you will most likely be entitled to reimbursement for all of your medical bills relating to your head injury. Be sure to keep extremely detailed records of what day you visited which doctor for what reason. Keep receipts and copies of all payments and exam results, as well as a short description of your level of pain that day. Additionally keep track of all of your travel expenses to and from the doctors office or specialist.

Lost Wages: Begin gathering pay stubs and tax returns to prove a loss of income due to the injury. If you are unable to work as you normally would as a direct result of your brain injury you may be entitled to compensation for any wages lost right now and in the future because of the accident. Even if you are able to continue working but miss a few days due to doctors appointments or court dates, keep track of everything.

Pain and Suffering: This is the most difficult variable to determine what is a fair amount of compensation. It is the reason we have judges and juries, and why every settlement is different. A number of factors come into play such as fault, pain tolerance, and personal factors such as the age of the victim. For more information about estimating the value of your head injury claim, you may find the head injury calculator helpful.