Were you or someone you love injured in a car accident caused by another driver? If you were, you might be able to hold the other driver responsible for the financial implications of the accident by filing an insurance claim or lawsuit for financial recovery.
According to Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2315.18, a successful compensation claim could mean the at-fault driver is legally required to pay your:
- Total medical expenses
- Total loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Physical disfigurement
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
You do not have to figure out your recoverable damages (or the compensation claims process) on your own. Contact the personal injury team at Bressman Law by calling (877) 538-1116 to learn more about how a Cincinnati concussion caused by a car accident lawyer can help you assign financial liability to the driver who caused your car accident.
The Physical and Financial Consequences of a Concussion
A concussion, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, can prevent your brain from functioning normally and can cause symptoms and side effects that might last for months. Citing car accidents as a major cause of concussion, Johns Hopkins Medicine lists the following concussion symptoms that might start immediately after a car accident (or that might not become readily apparent for months afterward):
- Lack of focus
- Unsteady gait
- Visual disturbances
- Sleep disturbances
Because the physical symptoms of a concussion can severely impact and disrupt your physical and cognitive ability, it can also impact your finances. Your concussion can prevent you from working, and instead may lead to extensive medical and rehabilitation bills.
An accident someone else caused should not create financial difficulty for you. The driver who caused the accident should be responsible for these expenses and losses. A member of our case review team can show you how to seek financial recovery with a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit.
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The Cost of Treating a Concussion
Johns Hopkins Medicine states that diagnosing and treating a concussion can be expensive. Diagnostic tests can include a physical exam, assessing any loss of consciousness, evaluating other symptoms, testing your memory and recall, CT scans, and other imaging exams. Treating a concussion can involve:
- Careful monitoring
- Extended periods of rest
- Frequent naps and breaks
- Restricted physical activity
- Pain relief medications
- Mental rest and recovery
While many patients will experience symptom relief within weeks, some may take months to fully recover. Others still might suffer from post-concussion syndrome with symptoms that persist for years, unfortunately. The intensity and severity of your injuries and the extent of your recovery can greatly influence your financial award.
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Keep Track of Your Total Concussion-Related Expenses
When you suffer a concussion in a car accident, your accident-related expenses start adding up right away. Compiling a file with proof of your concussion-related expenses can help ensure that nothing is inadvertently excluded when you and your Cincinnati concussion lawyer assign value to your compensation claim.
Include your ambulance fees, emergency room and hospital admissions, medications, transportation to and from medical appointments, and any other expense related to your medical care. You should also include estimates or bills related to repairing or replacing your car and direct deposit receipts or check stubs that demonstrate your income loss. You can round out your evidence file with pictures of your injuries and of the damage to your car.
Fully and accurately calculating the aftermath of a car accident is important. You can work closely with your lawyer to ensure that you do not devalue your total compensation or leave out any of the expenses the at-fault driver should be responsible for paying.
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Proving Negligence in a Cincinnati Car Accident
You might be fully aware of the cause of the car accident that led to your concussion, but the law requires you to prove the other driver was negligent in order to collect financial recovery. To get the financial compensation you are entitled to, our team will help you prove:
- The at-fault driver owed you a standard of care that they failed to meet
- You would not have been injured if the at-fault driver had not been negligent
- You would not have had financial damage had it not been for the at-fault driver’s actions
A lawyer might be able to help you prove these legally required elements of your personal injury claim. When you are ready to start building your compensation claim, contact the personal injury team at Bressman Law today by calling (877) 538-1116.
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A Concussion Is a Time-Consuming Injury
Because it can require long periods of mental and physical rest and immobility, a concussion can prevent you from actively participating in the financial recovery process. While your physical recovery may take time, it typically will not extend the amount of time you have to file your personal injury lawsuit.
In addition, because your car accident happened in Cincinnati, your filing deadline is decided by ORC §2305.10. This law enforces the statute of limitations, which generally limits your right to file a lawsuit to two years from the date of the accident.
Your crash report will detail the date and time of the accident and can help ensure you conform to the required timeline. Your lawyer can help ensure your case continues to move forward by concentrating on your financial recovery while you focus on your physical recovery.
Put Our Team to Work for You
A Cincinnati concussion lawyer may have the tools and resources you need to get the financial compensation you are entitled to after a car accident. Our firm has been serving personal injury clients for more than 30 years because we are committed to helping injured people get the financial compensation they deserve.
When you want the warm, helpful support of a legal team that gets the job done, we are here to help. Contact the personal injury team at Bressman Law by calling (877) 538-1116 today.