When you have been diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome (PCS), you may experience significant and debilitating symptoms, including depression, anxiety, dizziness, irritability, and headaches. The symptoms and effects of PCS could have a substantial impact on your life. When someone else is responsible for causing your injuries, you may have the opportunity to bring them to justice and recover the compensation you will need to heal.
If you wonder what your PCS case could be worth and the average settlement of a case like yours, you need legal guidance. A personal injury attorney from John Foy & Associates can examine your losses in detail to accurately determine the value of your PCS claim.
More About Post-Concussion Syndrome
Many people are diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome after being involved in serious accidents, such as slip-and-falls, car accidents, truck wrecks, motorcycle crashes, construction accidents, or other work-related accidents. Sports injuries that cause post-concussion syndrome are also common.
Unfortunately, many of the effects of post-concussion syndrome continue a long time after you are injured. Some of the more common symptoms associated with PCS include:
- Lack of smell or taste
- Memory issues
- Loss of memory or concentration
- Blurry vision
Your personal injury attorney will need to carefully evaluate how your PCS injury occurred to determine who is responsible. They will gather the evidence needed to support your case and ensure you are compensated fairly for your losses.
It will be vital for your attorney to consider the lasting impact your PCS has on your life. It is common for victims to continue experiencing the symptoms for years after the accident that caused the post-concussion syndrome.
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The Average Settlement for Post-Concussion Syndrome
Concussions and post-concussion syndrome should be taken seriously by all parties. Although these types of injuries may be considered minor brain injuries, their impact can be debilitating. It is crucial to keep in mind that there is no average settlement for PCS. Every person’s case is different, and every person will experience various losses depending on the extent of their damages and how the accident occurred.
Generally, payouts for PCS settlements can have a wide range, amounting to tens of thousands of dollars or more than $1 million. The more significantly your life has been affected by your PCS or the accident that caused it, the more you can expect to be awarded. Here are some notable awards for post-concussion syndrome across the country:
- In Garber v. Heimbigner, which occurred in Oregon in 2020, a woman who was rear-ended was awarded $50,000 for her PCS and related back and neck injuries.
- In 2020, Maryland state saw the case of Anonymous v. Gaylord where the victim was involved in a red light intersection accident and ultimately was awarded $100,000 through an insurance settlement.
- In Jennings v. F&G Custom Ag, there was a 2019 case in California of a married couple involved in a head-on collision. Each spouse required significant medical treatment and ongoing medical care due to the extent of their injuries, and the couple was eventually awarded $2 million for their damages.
Several factors play a part in the potential settlement or jury award, such as the severity of your injuries, the significance of your damages, and how your accident occurred. It will be up to your attorney to ensure every loss is considered so you can recover your damages in full. Your lawyer will also obtain a prognosis from medical experts to include future treatment you may need.
How to Calculate the Value of Your Post-Concussion Syndrome Damages
In order for your attorney to maximize the compensation you are awarded for your losses, they must go over your damages in full with you to ensure nothing is overlooked. There are many different types of damages you may be entitled to recover. Some examples of these losses include:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of income
- Hospital and ambulance bills
- Prescription medication costs and co-pays
- Cost of medical equipment and ongoing medical treatment
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Disfiguring skin scars
- Inconvenience and apprehension
- Shock and shame
- Fear and anticipation
- Insurance rate hikes
- Damage to your credit score
- Reputational damages
- Permanent disability
- Loss of potential future earnings
- Loss of household services
How to Increase Your Settlement for Post-Concussion Syndrome
In addition to including every loss, you should take other recommended steps to protect your claim. These can ensure you have the strongest case against insurance companies or in court. Some examples include:
- Never speak to the insurance company without your personal injury lawyer.
- Have your personal injury attorney negotiate with the insurer on your behalf.
- Never post about the accident that caused your PCS online or on social media.
- Avoid speaking with family and friends about the accident.
- Only settle out of court if the insurance company agrees to compensate you for every loss.
Get Help from a Personal Injury Lawyer in Georgia Today
If you have been diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome and your symptoms have had a significant impact on your life, you need professional legal advice. The Strong Arm across Georgia is ready to fight for the compensation you are entitled to if someone else is to blame. We are committed to providing the best representation available to every client in every situation.
Our team can also connect you with medical specialists to diagnose and treat your condition. You do not need to suffer in silence and watch the medical bills pile up. We are ready to take the burden off your shoulders.
Contact a Georgia personal injury lawyer at John Foy & Associates for a free consultation. We work on contingency, so you do not pay our attorneys unless and until we win your case for you. Complete our secure contact form or call our office to start working on your PCS case as soon as today.