What’s the Average Post-Concussion Syndrome Car Accident Settlement in Florida?
This article attempts to explain what is post-concussion syndrome and what affects post-concussion syndrome settlements.
Car crashes can cause all sorts of harm, including traumatic brain injury (TBI). At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we often work with individuals suffering from collision-related head and brain injuries. We know your recovery doesn’t always progress as expected. Instead of seeing improvement over time, your symptoms may persist or even get worse.
If you do suffer a concussion or more severe TBI, we typically won’t rush into a settlement agreement. It takes time to diagnose post-concussion syndrome after a car accident, and this condition may impact the value of your settlement.
We’re here to guide you through the auto insurance claim process, and when it’s time, request that you receive a fair post-concussion syndrome car accident settlement.
Give us a call at 866-504-2029, or contact us online to set up a free consultation at one of our offices in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, New Port Richey, Spring Hill, or Lakeland.
Recent Post-Concussion Case Results
Recovery of compensation for 15 yr old with Post-concussion syndrome
Our client, a delightful 15 year old boy, was traveling with his stepfather when they stopped for traffic on Little Road in Pasco County, FL. The defendant, who was travelling behind them, failed to stop in time and caused a rear end collision injuring both our client and his stepfather.
Prior to the accident, our client was diagnosed with a brain abnormality and a form of autism. He also experienced headaches and other related symptoms before the accident. After the wreck, he began to suffer with increased headaches. He and his family also started to notice symptoms such as short-term memory loss, difficulty concentrating and dizziness. These symptoms are the hallmarks of a post-concussion syndrome. He was diagnosed by three physicians with a concussion.
We presented a comprehensive demand to the insurance company, however, they dismissed the claim of post-concussion syndrome instead blaming the problems on our client’s pre-existing conditions. This defense presented challenges since our client undoubtedly had a number of the symptoms before the accident. Additionally, post-concussion injuries are very difficult to prove. They are not always obvious and there is not always clear diagnostic testing to identify the injury. We argued forcefully that the accident had permanently aggravated our client’s condition. We had our client examined by a board-certified neurosurgeon who confirmed the diagnosis. Eventually, after a long period of negotiation and a mediation settlement conference with the other side, we were able to convince the insurance company to pay a substantial sum that would provide our client with much needed compensation. Our client and his family were very happy with the result in this case.
Sarasota Post-Concussion Syndrome; $300,000 recovered
Our client, a delightful 39 year old lady, was traveling on US 41 near the intersection of McIntosh Road in Sarasota, Florida, when the defendant failed to stop and caused a rear end collision. The defendant later tried to blame rainy weather for the accident.
Our client began medical treatment shortly after the accident with a chiropractor. She also began to experience symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, anxiety and traumatic stress, all indications of a post-concussion syndrome. She has lately evaluated by a neurologist and a psychiatrist who found that she indeed suffered a closed head brain injury. Our firm also had her evaluated by a Ph.D neuropsychologist who found that she had sustained post-concussion syndrome.
Eventually we were successful in convincing the insurance company to pay their entire insurance policy limits of $300,000.00. We did so by demonstrating to them that their insured was at fault and by providing medical substantiation of the post-concussion syndrome injury. Our client was extremely pleased with the result.
Our firm has considerable experience and a long history of representing victims with post-concussion syndrome and closed head injuries. Give us a call at 866-504-2029, or contact us online to set up a free consultation at one of our offices in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, New Port Richey, Spring Hill, or Lakeland.
Post-Concussion Syndrome After a Car Accident
A concussion is a mild TBI, which typically happens when you suffer a blow to the head. For instance, a falling object may strike you in the head, or you may hit your head on the dashboard or window during a car crash. Despite being a serious injury, most people recover fully from a concussion within three months. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for everyone.
Post-concussion syndrome, also called persistent post-concussive symptoms, is when you suffer a concussion, and the symptoms last beyond the typical recovery period. These symptoms may include:
- Irritability Anxiety;
- Concentration and memory issues;
- Blurry vision;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Sensitivity to light and noise; and
- In rare cases, loss of taste and smell.
These symptoms are not mild. They can make it impossible to think clearly or concentrate on your work. They can make it impossible to spend time with friends or participate in sports. After sustaining such an injury, many people feel confined and depressed at the loss of their happy, active lifestyle.
Doctors aren’t entirely sure why some people suffer from post-concussion syndrome and others do not. It may be because of structural damage to the brain or disruption to the nerves caused by the TBI.
Others believe the persistent symptoms are psychological because they are similar to individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Whatever the cause of this condition, the symptoms and their impact on your life are very real.
Always See a Doctor
Many car accident victims don’t know they’ve suffered a concussion at first. That’s why it’s essential that you see a doctor after a car crash and describe everything that happened and your symptoms. Tell the doctor if you lost consciousness after the collision, although you can have a mild TBI without ever blacking out.
If your doctor diagnosed you with a concussion, but your symptoms have become worse,make a second appointment to see your doctor. Keep track of your symptoms—what they are, when they happen, how long they last. You may even benefit from consulting a concussion specialist.
The only way to demand and pursue a fair post-concussion syndrome settlement is to establish your diagnosis in your medical records.
Can I Obtain Compensation for Post-Concussion Syndrome?
Yes, if you can prove another party caused the car crash and your concussion, you may recover compensation. We highly recommend having one of our Tampa personal injury lawyers help you with the claims process. We have years of experience establishing negligence, and more importantly, proving the value of your physical, emotional, and financial injuries.
Car accident damages usually include:
- Property damage,
- Medical bills,
- Pain and suffering,
- Emotional distress,
- Lost wages,
- Disability, and
- Lost future wages.
We’ve helped many people with post-concussive syndrome navigate auto insurance claims and successfully obtained fair settlements. We want to do the same for you.
What’s the Average Settlement for Post-Concussion Syndrome?
It’s impossible to calculate the average car insurance settlement involving post-concussion syndrome. Every case is unique, and the accident victim probably suffered other injuries that affect the value of their claim. Other factors, like comparative fault and insurance policy limits, impact final settlements and court verdicts, too.
Instead of relying on settlement announcements online, talk with a car accident attorney about the potential value of your post-concussion syndrome settlement. Our team looks at the details of your specific claim. We fight for an amount of compensation that makes sense based on your and your family’s needs.
What Affects Post-Concussion Syndrome Settlements?
Several factors impact the potential value of your mild traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome settlement.
Your medical care
You can demand compensation for all your medical expenses, including your initial doctor’s visit, diagnostic tests, follow-up visits, specialist visits, prescription medications, treatments, and more. With post-concussion syndrome, you have likely had to return to the doctor multiple times. If so, this may increase your settlement amount.
Post-concussion syndrome has kept more than one person out of work for extended periods of time. Victims of this injury sometimes experience severe symptoms that keep them home. Many also need multiple doctor’s appointments which also cause loss of work time. You can demand the at-fault driver compensate you for this lost income.
Pain and suffering
Pain and suffering constitute a large portion of many settlements. Post-concussion syndrome means you have been experiencing pain, discomfort, and other negative side effects for a longer period of time than typical concussion victims. You deserve compensation for those difficult experiences.
We’ll go over all of these factors and others with you during the claim process. You can rest assured that we will gather proof and carefully document your injuries. We work to build a case that enables us to demand maximum compensation.
Ready to Talk with a Florida Car Accident Lawyer?
Have you been diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome after an accident? If you’ve been dealing with the insurance company yourself up until now, it’s time to give Abrahamson & Uiterwyk a call.
We’ll get to know you and the details of your case. We also can talk about possible settlement amounts for post-concussion syndrome and what we’ve achieved for other clients.