What is the Average Post-Concussion Syndrome Settlement Value?
The average post-concussion settlement value can exceed $20,000 based on our case data. However, every case is unique. The wide variance demonstrates that there is no true “average settlement” amount that could accurately estimate how much compensation you can expect to recover in your case.
It is rare that a brain injury case settles for a minimal amount unless there is a minimal amount of insurance coverage. At Cordisco & Saile, if there is a minimal amount of coverage, we will recover the policy limits of the person who caused the injury. When there is sufficient coverage, we have recovered millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. Our results speak for themselves. Our brain injury attorneys have recovered serious compensation on behalf of our clients who sustained brain injuries as a result of the negligence of others, including the following:
- $10 million for brain and spinal injuries in a Philadelphia truck accident
- $2.9 million for brain injuries due to a Bucks County motorcycle accident
- $1 million for brain injuries sustained in a Bucks County car accident
- $470,000 for brain injuries sustained in a WaveRunner accident
- $242,500 for a brain injury from a minor impact rear-end accident
- $195,000 for a brain injury from a Bucks County bicycle accident
If you have developed post-concussion syndrome that interferes with regular functioning, you may be eligible for substantial compensation. The brain injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile, LLC can help you calculate your post-concussion syndrome settlement value and recover the highest compensation available.
Why do concussion settlements vary?
Settlement compensation payouts vary because costs vary from case to case. Every detail of your case plays a role in your compensation. Some of the important factors that impact personal injury damages include:
- The cause of your concussion
- The severity of your concussion
- At-fault party
- Insurance coverage
- Having an experienced lawyer
The Cause of Your Injury
The type of injury that caused your concussion affects your settlement value because different types of insurance coverage apply. For example, the average settlement for a concussion in a car accident would differ from the settlement value of a slip-and-fall accident.
The Severity of Your Injury
Injuries that are severe and long-term add more to your case value than less severe, short-lived injuries.
When your injury leaves you with chronic pain or causes you to miss out on activities you used to enjoy, this may increase your non-economic damages, which include compensation for pain and suffering, loss of society, and loss of enjoyment of life. Emotional damage, including PTSD stemming from your concussion, is also figured into your settlement value.
The severity of your injury also impacts your economic damages, which include compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages. Your medical expenses are calculated by considering your current medical expenses and anticipated future expenses.
Lost wages are based on a comparison of your earning capacity before and after the accident. Higher wages before the accident may result in a higher settlement value when you are unable to work or when you can no longer earn as high an income.
The Conduct of the At-Fault Party
If the at-fault party’s conduct was especially grievous, you may qualify to pursue punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded as a punishment against the defendant rather than for the purpose of compensation. Punitive damage awards can be significant.
Punitive damages are awarded by a trial judge. However, if the defendant knows there is a case for punitive damages, this could positively influence your settlement without the need to go to trial.
The Liable Parties
The identity of the liable party or parties in your accident can significantly impact your settlement value. For example, if a manufacturer is liable for your concussion in a car accident, the settlement value may be higher than if it was just the driver, because the manufacturer’s available insurance coverage is likely higher than an individual’s.
When you hire a Philadelphia concussion attorney at Cordisco & Saile, LLC, you can count on us to initiate a thorough investigation of your case so all responsible parties can be identified.
Whether You Share Fault in the Accident
Pennsylvania is a modified comparative negligence state, which means you can recover compensation if you are no more than 50 percent at fault, but your compensation is reduced in proportion to your percentage of the fault. For example, if your case value is $100,000 and you are 20 percent at fault, your available compensation is reduced to $80,000.However, you should not accept a finding of fault by law enforcement or your insurance company. We will perform a more thorough investigation, which often contradicts the initial finding of fault.
The Available Insurance Coverage
Collectibility is an important factor in calculating your case value. No matter how much compensation you need and deserve, your case can only settle for the amount you can realistically collect. Unless the defendant has significant assets, your case value is generally limited to the available insurance coverage.
The Lawyer You Select
Choosing an experienced brain injury lawyer in Bensalem, Bucks County, or Philadelphia is an important predictor of case value. To maximize your case value, you will need a skilled lawyer who is willing to fight for you and commit resources to complete a proper accident investigation by hiring expert witnesses, financial planners, and other consultants.
You will need an experienced personal injury attorney with strong negotiation skills, successful trial experience, and a reputation for getting results. We have been helping injured clients get remarkable results for more than 30 years.
When you retain a brain injury lawyer from Cordisco & Saile, LLC, you can count on our award-winning team to fight aggressively on your behalf to recover as much compensation as possible, as quickly as possible, while making the process easy for you.
Can I sue for a concussion?
You can sue for a concussion as long as you can prove the following:
- Another party owed you a duty to exercise reasonable care.
- The other party breached the duty of care.
- The breach of duty caused you to develop a concussion, which has caused you harm.
- The other party’s breach of duty, and not something else, is the cause of your concussion and the harm that followed.
How do you prove post-concussion syndrome?
Proving these elements of negligence is not always easy. The other party or the insurance company may attempt to minimize your injury or blame you for the accident.
The Pennsylvania brain injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile, LLC, are always prepared for these tactics. We work with renowned medical experts, accident investigators, and life care planners who will unearth the evidence we need to build a strong case on your behalf.
How serious is post-concussion syndrome?
“A ‘concussion’ is a poorly used term for a brain injury. It should really be ‘brain damage.’ When the brain is injured, it is really permanently damaged. The brain contains billions of neurons. In a traumatic brain injury, thousands to millions of neurons are forever sheared or torn and do not repair themselves. The neurons are the pathways where the brain sends information. After a brain injury, the brain has to find new neural pathways to send the same information.” —Michael Saile, managing attorney at Cordisco & Saile LLC
Concussions are also known as “mild traumatic brain injury.” According to a study published by Scientific Reports, mild traumatic brain injuries are known to lead to serious long-term neurological effects, which include the following:
- Cognitive impairment
- Loss of movement coordination
- Social changes
- Reduced quality of life
Post-concussion syndrome may linger for months, a year, or longer. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms may include the following:
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to noise or light
- Decreased sense of taste or smell
These symptoms can delay a return to work or school and result in a significant loss in quality of life. You may require one or more of the following treatments, resulting in significant medical costs now and in the future:
- Physical therapy
- Cognitive rehabilitation therapy
- Concussion neurology
- Vision therapy and neuro-optometric rehabilitation
- Balance therapy
- Occupational therapy
Do I need a lawyer if I have a concussion?
It is always a good idea to contact an attorney as soon as possible if you have sustained a brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence. Although insurance companies have experience with accident cases, they hire attorneys, and so should you.
Insurance companies do not represent your best interests, no matter what they tell you. When you hire an attorney at Cordisco & Saile, LLC, you can count on us to do the following:
- Represent your best interests
- Provide you with sound legal advice
- Negotiate aggressively with the insurance company
- Refuse to give up until we win you the compensation you deserve
What types of concussion cases does Cordisco & Saile, LLC accept?
Contact the Concussion Lawyers at Cordisco & Saile, LLC
If you have sustained a concussion because of someone else’s negligence and you are now suffering from post-concussion syndrome, let the brain injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC help you recover the compensation you need and deserve. We charge nothing up front, and if we don’t win, you don’t pay. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.