A common injury that occurs during a car accident is a concussion.
Although it may seem like there should be an average settlement amount for sustaining a concussion during a car accident, there is not.
The determination of a concussion settlement amount is different for each person. The calculation involves several factors, including the cost of treatment, who was at fault, and the severity of the injury.
However, it is possible to estimate the amount of compensation you can recover from a concussion with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
The Complexity of Concussion Settlement Claims
Two primary issues arise when negotiating a concussion settlement claim: the cost of treatment and the issue of fault.
The more expenses you incur in treating your concussion symptoms, the greater your settlement award will be.
However, your settlement award will decrease if you were partly at fault in causing the accident.
Cost of Treatment
The cost of treatment adds to the complexity of concussion settlement claims.
The severity of concussion symptoms differs depending on the person and the accident.
As a result, the more severe the concussion is, the higher the costs of treatment will be.
For example, people diagnosed with chronic concussion symptoms will incur higher treatment costs.
Some of these symptoms may include headaches, blurred vision, and dizziness.
Injured parties with more severe symptoms are likely to receive a higher settlement amount even though some symptoms are difficult to diagnose.
Injuries sustained during a car accident in addition to a concussion will also increase your treatment costs.
For example, an injured party may suffer from both whiplash and concussion symptoms.
Their settlement amount will increase because treatment for whiplash and a concussion will cost more than treatment for a concussion alone.
Issue of Fault
The issue of who was at fault in the accident adds another layer of complexity to concussion settlement amounts.
Speak with a Georgia injury attorney before beginning settlement discussions because your degree of fault can lower your settlement award.
Generally, the less at fault you are the more that you can recover in a settlement.
However, it is important to understand that Georgia is a modified comparative negligence state.
In Georgia, if the injured party was partly at fault for the accident, they can still recover compensation.
But the amount that the injured party can recover is reduced according to their percentage of fault.
For example, if you sustained a concussion from a car accident with damages of $100,000 but were 30% at fault, your recovery would be $70,000.
Although comparative negligence usually comes up when taking your case to court, it will likely come up during settlement negotiations as well.
We at Pritchard Injury Firm will help you navigate this complex issue when fighting for the settlement amount you deserve.
Calculating Concussion Settlement Amounts
There is no mathematical formula used to calculate all concussion settlement amounts. The severity and extent of your concussion, whether you have suffered from extra injuries, and your degree of fault are all taken into consideration when negotiating your settlement amount.
Non-economic damages such as loss of life enjoyment and permanent cognitive impairment are also important considerations. Because every case is different, it is best to contact a Georgia Injury attorney after suffering a concussion.
At Pritchard Injury Firm, our staff will take the time to understand your case and get you the settlement amount you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.