Common injuries seen in a head-on collision include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Facial injuries from airbag impact
- Broken bones
- Cuts and scrapes
- Spinal cord injuries
Head-on collisions can be especially violent, and the injuries sustained may vary based on the speed of the collision, the angle of impact, the safety features of the vehicle, and other factors.
If you were hurt in a car accident or are confused about your symptoms after a collision, visit a doctor for a thorough physical examination.
Accident Victims Should Monitor Themselves for Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries commonly occur in head-on collisions. The driver’s head may be at risk for this type of injury if it strikes an airbag, the side of the vehicle, or if it shakes violently during the collision.
Anyone involved in a head-on collision should monitor themselves for signs of a TBI. According to Mayo Clinic, car accidents commonly cause TBIs, and the symptoms can be varied and subtle. Per Mayo Clinic, TBI symptoms could include:
- Having headaches
- Having trouble speaking, thinking, or remembering things
- Feeling sensitive to certain lights or sounds
- Becoming nauseous or dizzy
- Having a hard time sleeping
These symptoms may not present themselves right away, so make sure you monitor yourself closely in the days after an accident for the mental or physical signs of a TBI. If you are feeling any of these types of symptoms, see a doctor immediately. Even a mild form of a TBI—also known as a concussion—may require medical treatment.
Your Medical Bills May Be the Responsibility of the At-Fault Driver
It is important that you receive the medical care you need to make a complete recovery after a car accident. If someone else caused your accident, they might be responsible for paying for your collision-related medical treatment, including:
- Ambulance rides and emergency room treatment
- Doctor’s appointments and diagnostic testing
- Physical therapy
- Prescription drugs
- Mobility assistance devices
- The costs of transportation to your medical appointments
Depending on the injuries you have and how severe they are, the responsible party may also owe you compensation for:
- The pay and benefits you were unable to earn during your recovery period (also known as lost wages)
- Damage to your car and any other property harmed in the accident
- Pain and suffering for the mental and psychological toll of your injuries
- Disability, if your injuries leave you with permanent limitations
Getting Compensation for Your Damages After a Head-On Collision
One of the most stressful parts of being injured in a car accident is knowing if or when the other party will pay for your losses. The responsible party’s insurance company may not come looking for you to make things right, and if they make you a settlement offer, it could be for less than you deserve.
Generally, the best way to pursue compensation after a car accident is by getting evidence of the responsible party’s liability and the full value of your damages. Then, you can use this evidence in a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. Often, accident victims file an insurance claim first and then resort to a lawsuit if they do not receive a satisfactory settlement offer.
A lawyer can help you with this entire process.
Working with a Lawyer on Your Case
A lawyer’s job is to take care of all of the legal work in your case and fight for the best outcome possible on your behalf. Many car accident lawyers work for a contingent fee, meaning they get paid a percentage of your winnings. If they do not win your case, you do not need to pay any attorney fees. This payment structure makes representation financially accessible for many accident victims and helps motivate lawyers to work hard for their clients.
In general, a car accident lawyer can help you by:
- Dealing with all of the written and verbal communications on your behalf
- Figuring out who was at-fault for your accident
- Collecting evidence that proves they were responsible for your injuries
- Notifying the insurance company of your claim
- Negotiating back and forth for a settlement that covers the value of your damages
- Rejecting unfair offers and taking your case to trial if necessary
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Let the Fitch Law Firm LLC Help with Your Case
If someone else injured you in a head-on collision, the Fitch Law Firm LLC wants to lend you a hand. We help car accident victims in Columbus file insurance claims and lawsuits.
To receive a free case review from our car accident team, call the Fitch Law Firm LLC today at (614) 545-3930. Even if your head-on collision injuries were uncommon or unique, we encourage you to call. We also serve clients in Dayton, Cincinnati, Marion, and Springfield.
We recommend that you get an early start on your car accident case, as Ohio Revised Code § 2305.10 generally gives you just two years to submit a personal injury lawsuit. After this deadline passes, a court may dismiss your lawsuit and leave you without an option to compel the responsible party to pay for your damages.