What Should I Do If I’m Dizzy After a Car Accident?
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If you’ve been left with dizziness after a car accident, dealing with insurance companies and other drivers is one of the last things you want to do. Whether you suffered from a fender bender in downtown Denver or were run off the road on your way up to Vail, an accident can leave you with physical, financial, and even emotional issues to sort through. Hiring an experienced attorney to guide you through the legal process can make all the difference in making sure your interests are adequately represented. The attorneys at the Zinda Law Group take pride in providing our clients with some of the best legal services in the business.
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What Do I Do After My Accident?
After you are in an accident, it is important to follow a few key steps to maximize your chances of a successful settlement down the road.
1. Seek Medical Attention
Immediately following the accident, move to a safe location away from moving traffic. Then, assess if emergency medical attention is necessary. Remember that the adrenaline from a crash can often mask the pain of injury, so take this into account when taking account of the situation.
2. File a Police Report
Before you leave the scene, make sure to file a report with a police officer. It is important to be as thorough as possible while the details of the event are still fresh in your mind because it is difficult to determine which facts may end up becoming important down the road.
3. Document the Scene
Document the scene of the accident as thoroughly as possible. Again, it is difficult to determine what will become important later, so be as thorough as possible. This step includes things like taking pictures of the cars involved, as well as the surrounding area and getting the contact information for any potential witnesses.
Causes of Dizziness
There a variety of circumstances of an accident that can cause dizziness. Depending on the circumstances of the collision, the potential injuries can range from mild to severe, and symptoms can sometimes show up days after the accident occurs. Some of the more common causes of dizziness include:
Whiplash is particularly common when dealing with rear-end collisions. It occurs when a sudden impact to the rear of your vehicle causes your head to “whip” back and forth. Whiplash commonly causes spinal and postural issues, but it can also cause dizziness by affecting the nerves in your spinal column.
Concussions and Other Brain Injuries
Impacts to the head and neck area can often cause concussions or more serious brain injuries. This can occur if a sudden stop or collision causes you to hit your head on your steering wheel, windshield, etc. Concussions can be relatively mild, but other head injuries can include brain swelling or skull fractures.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
BBPV, or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, occurs when crystals in your ear connecting to nerve endings are knocked out of place, which can lead to dizziness. Typically, certain movements will cause the dizziness to get worse.
Blood Vessel Damage
Blood vessels in your body are responsible for carrying the blood to your brain that it needs to function properly. If a car accident leads to blood vessel damage, your brain may end up not getting the blood that it needs, which may, in turn, end up causing dizziness.
What Should I Do if I Feel Dizzy?
There may be certain causes of dizziness that will simply go away on their own with a few days of rest. However, as discussed in the last section, head injuries are no joke. That’s why it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident if you are suffering from dizziness. That being said, there are a few steps to keep yourself safe before you are able to get to the doctor.
- Hold onto railings when using stairs, and if necessary, use a cane while walking around.
- Don’t participate in activities like riding a bike or anything that requires an enhanced sense of balance to keep yourself safe.
- Don’t drive while feeling dizzy, as this will put you and the other drivers on the road in a dangerous spot.
- Sit down whenever you feel dizzy
In addition, it is important to contact an experienced Denver car accident attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your legal claim.
How to File a Claim
After an accident, it is important to complete a few key steps in filing your claim to make sure that you have the best chance of receiving the maximum compensation.
1. Contact an Attorney
The legal process is complicated, and you have enough to deal with in putting your life back together after an accident. The experienced personal injury attorneys
at the Zinda Law Group will make sure that you do not need to worry about the intricacies of personal injury law.
Once you have hired an attorney, they will start the process of investigating the collision. This includes things like reading police reports, analyzing images of the collision scene and the vehicles involved, and interviewing witnesses. The investigation process will allow your attorney to determine what the most appropriate next step in your case is.
3. Negotiate a Settlement
Once your attorney has all of the information that they need, they can begin to negotiate to seek the most favorable settlement possible for you. It is critical that you have an attorney who is well-versed in car crash suits at this step because negotiations can become contentious and highly contested. An attorney with experience in handling similar cases will make sure that you are not taken advantage of by the other parties involved.
If you have been in a car accident that has led to serious medical or car repair bills, then you’re probably wondering, “How much is my case worth?” There are a lot of considerations that go into the final dollar amount that ends up getting paid out, but damages in a personal injury lawsuit can generally be grouped into two categories.
This category includes things like medical bills, car repair bills, and lost wages while out of work. Economic damages are generally proven by receipts and bills and can usually be proven with a fair degree of certainty.
This category includes the pain and suffering that come because of a car accident. It is obviously difficult to put an exact dollar amount on someone’s physical or emotional pain and suffering, but these are just as compensable as medical bills. However, in Colorado, there are caps on these types of damages.
Who is Liable?
In any personal injury lawsuit, there must be a liable party in order to seek compensation — it is not enough that you simply suffered an injury. The liable party is the party who actually caused the accident. In any given situation, there may be a few different parties who end sharing at least a portion of the liability:
The Other Driver
Usually, accidents are the fault of at least one driver. If the other driver in an accident was driving while impaired or otherwise distracted, or even if they simply made one poor decision while driving, they will likely be liable for the damage that results.
The City or Township
If road conditions created a hazardous situation that resulted in an accident, then the city of Denver, assuming the accident happened within its jurisdiction, may be liable. For example, if a streetlight went out, which caused a collision in an intersection, then the jurisdiction that was responsible for that light will probably share in the liability.
The Car Manufacturer or Mechanic
When we drive, we trust that the machinery put in place by the manufacturer and maintained by our mechanic. If this machinery fails and causes an accident, then it could be that the manufacturer or mechanic will be liable. For example, if tires were not secured properly after a rotation or the brakes proved faulty and did not work, then one of these third parties may be liable.
What is Comparative Fault?
In addition, Colorado follows a system of “comparative fault.” This means that it is not necessary for the fault to fall 100% on one party to recover. If an accident was 35% your fault and 65% the fault of another party, then you may be able to seek 65% of your damages.
Statute of Limitations
For every personal injury, there is a timeframe within which the resultant claim must be brought. The legal term for this time limit is the “statute of limitations.” In Colorado, the statute of limitations for car accident claims is three years. This means that a claim resulting from a car collision must be brought within three years of the date of the crash; if not, it will be dismissed by the court. While there are certain exceptions if the injured party is a minor or if the crash causes a death, it is generally advisable to contact an attorney as quickly as possible to make sure that you preserve any possible claim.
Tell Zinda Law Group About Your Case
If you are suffering, or have suffered, dizziness as a result of a car wreck, the car accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group
may be able to assist you.
Our experienced lawyers have helped numerous clients navigate their medical treatment and the legal process after a car accident, and we can help you seek compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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