Concussions have been thrust into the public conscience due to ongoing investigations involving professional athletes, and the mounting evidence suggests that closed head injuries play a much more significant role in long-term health than previously thought.
And while sports stories attract the majority of interest among news outlets and social media sites, the fact remains that everyday accidents account for the largest number of closed head injuries among our population.
Whether a concussion or other closed head injury occurred in a football game, or in a car accident, the aftermath can produce similar life-altering effects.
Bolton Law Group has long been advocating on behalf of clients who suffer concussions and traumatic brain injuries as a result of car accidents. Our experience has taught us that insurance company’s sometimes fail to give these cases their due respect and can undervalue their worth.
So what are the most common causes of causes closed head injuries? What are the factors that determining the value of your case?
Common causes of closed head injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following incidents serve as the top 3 three causes of traumatic brain injury in the U.S.:
- Being struck, or striking one’s head against an object
- Car accidents
Because of the amount of time we spend in our vehicles, combined with the speed and increased instances of distracted driving, it does not come as a surprise that traumatic brain injuries and concussions are closely associated with highway collisions.
The majority of Boulton Law Group clients have sustained a head injury due to a motor vehicle accident, with the most serious of closed head injuries typically resulting from a severe car or motorcycle accident.
Factors that affect the value of a closed head accident case
First, it is important to understand that no two cases are alike, no matter the type of accident or injuries involved. The value of your head injury case will rely on a number of independent factors, each of which Boulton Law Group will explain to you during your initial consultation.
For example, attorney Boulton will first investigate any accentuating behaviors of the at-fault driver, such as reckless speeding or driving under the influence.
However, determining the value of your case will largely rest upon the seriousness of your head injury, all associated medical treatment, expenses for past and potential future care, your individual pain and suffering, and any potential effect on your earning capacity.
Looking at these in further detail helps to better explain the importance of each factor:
Medical Treatment – Past & Future Care
Ongoing physical, neurological, and psychological rehabilitation for closed head injury cases will have significant costs. And for accident victims that suffer an especially serious traumatic brain injury, there may be the need for medical care that persists throughout the remainder of the injured person’s life.
Indiana accident victims have a right to recover for costs associated with past and future medical care. This factor often plays a significant role in the estimated damages an accident victim may be awarded.
As such, attorney Boulton will use your medical treatment as a major factor in determining the value of your closed head injury case.
Pain & Suffering
Closed head injuries present a number of physical effects on an accident victim, however, the mental pain and suffering is also significant.
Depending on the extent of your closed head injury, you may be experiencing decreased cognitive functioning, including loss of memory, or a change in behavior that involves depression, anxiety, personality changes and/or aggression.
Because Indiana accident victims also have a right to recover for pain and suffering, attorney Boulton will use a combination of personal interviews and examination of your medical records to help determine how much value your pain and suffering may be worth to your case.
In instances of severe brain damage, it is not uncommon for closed head injuries to have a negative affect on a person’s ability to effectively perform their previous job duties, and/or seek gainful employment in another profession.
Indiana allows for earning capacity to be a factor in determining a closed head injury case, so it is critical that you have an experienced personal injury attorney examine this factor on your behalf.
When attorney Boulton reviews the effects your injury has had on your ability to earn a wage, he will measure whether or not your earning potential has been partially reduced or permanently affected.
Ultimately, there are many factors that serve as reasons as to why closed head injury claims are often worth more than other personal injury claims. The most important step to ensuring you receive the full value of your claim, is to have qualified legal representation on your side.
Boulton Law Group goes to work the day you contact us
Due to the potential long-term effects on one’s health, closed head injuries cases are given the utmost attention at Boulton Law Group.
Attorney Boulton has more than 20 years’ experience handling accident claims across Indiana that involve concussions, traumatic brain injury, and other serious cognitive debilitations.
It is critical that you choose a local personal injury attorney who will give your case the meticulous attention it deserves to help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Boulton Law Group offers accident victims a Zero Fee Guarantee, meaning you will never pay us for a consultation or legal advice, and the only way we receive payment is if we win your case.
Our goal is to make your experience as comfortable and pleasant as possible. If you wish for attorney Boulton to meet with you at a hospital, in your home, or somewhere else that is convenient for you, he is happy to do so. The only requirement we have of our clients is to follow doctor’s orders and focus on your health.
To speak to attorney Boulton about the potential value of your closed head injury case, you can contact him direct at 317-350-2680 or you can write to him using our confidential contact form.
Attorney Matt Boulton is an award-winning personal injury attorney with more than 20 years of experience helping seriously injured people throughout Indiana reclaim what was taken from them. His firm was created for for the client who expects exceptional service and passionate, successful legal representation.