3 FAQs About Motorcycle Accident Claims Involving Head Injuries
Motorcycle helmets save more than 1,000 lives every single year. That doesn’t mean, however, that they’re foolproof. At the end of the day, even the most durable helmets won’t prevent catastrophic injuries in certain scenarios.
If you or a loved one suffered brain damage in a motorcycle accident, the costs are probably adding up fast. Thankfully, your family may be entitled to financial compensation.
Before you can seek a payout, though, you must build a strong claim. Read on for the answers to a few frequently asked questions about doing so:
- How Can I Prove the Severity of My Brain Injury?
Because brain injuries are inherently complex, demonstrating their extent often poses a challenge. As such, it’s wise to turn to a resourceful motorcycle accident attorney for guidance.
A lawyer can consult relevant experts, gather critical documents, and depose individuals who can speak on how your injury has changed your mood, behavior, and demeanor.
Once it comes time to file the actual claim, the evidence you present will likely include some combination of the following:
- Testimony from neurologists;
- Testimony from psychologists;
- Testimony from your medical team, including your primary care provider, psychiatrist, and occupational therapist;
- Studies regarding brain injuries similar to yours;
- Medical records;
- Diagnostic images;
- Personal injury journal entries; and
- Statements from friends, loved ones, and colleagues.
- How Can I Prove the Value of the Damages I Incur?
California allows for the recovery of both economic and non-economic damages. Examples include medical expenses, property repairs, home and vehicle modifications, domestic help, lost wages, loss of enjoyment in life, and pain and suffering.
Before you can recover a single dollar for any such losses, though, you’ll have to prove that you did, in fact, incur them. Evidence that may help you do so includes:
- Health insurance statements;
- Hospital bills;
- Pay stubs tracking your missed work;
- Quotes for addressing any property damage;
- Bills, receipts, and invoices for reasonably necessary replacement services; and
- Quotes for home and vehicle modifications needed to accommodate any resulting disabilities.
- What If the Opposing Party Is Uncooperative?
If the party that was ultimately responsible for the accident in which you were hurt disputes liability or refuses to settle, you may have no choice but to take them to court—and in California, you’ll have a limited amount of time to do so. The state’s typical statute of limitations for personal injury suits is two years. As there are several exceptions to this deadline, though, you should consult a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
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If you or a loved one suffered brain damage in a motorcycle accident, contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. Our consistently superior results—we’ve recovered more than $300 million in successful settlements and verdicts—demonstrate our commitment to excellence in every case we handle. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS or use our Online Contact Form to set up a free consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer in California.