What to Do If You're Dizzy After a Car Accident in Dallas
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If you are suffering from dizziness after a car accident, then dealing with insurance companies and the other drivers involved in your accident probably sounds like one of the last things that you want to do. Aside from the physical injuries that they can cause, car accidents can leave you facing a complicated legal process in order to seek compensation for your injuries. A Dallas car accident attorney may make this process easier by guiding you through and using their experience to strengthen your arguments and assist you in seeking maximum compensation. For a free consultation, call Zinda Law Group at (888) 314-6671.
What Do I Do After My Accident?
After the dust has settled on your accident, there are few steps that you should take to preserve any possible claim to compensation that you may have. These include:
1. Notify Your Insurance About the Accident: Your insurance policy may require you to report any accidents and failing to report an accident can be a breach of contract. Keep your conversation with the insurance company short, however. They may pressure you to enter into an agreement or sign a settlement very soon after your accident. Don’t agree to anything, simply inform them of the accident while giving the basic details of what happened.
2. Visit a Medical Professional: If you think there is any possibility you suffered an injury from the accident, schedule a trip to the doctor as quickly as possible. There are a couple of reasons for this. For one, some injuries may not present symptoms right away, and may get worse if left untreated for long periods of time. Also, insurance companies may try to make the argument that your injuries weren’t actually caused by the accident or aren’t as severe as you’re claiming if you waited a lengthy period of time to have them checked out.
3. Gather Documents: Once you have addressed your medical needs, it is important to start gathering the documents that may become important in your case. These include things like medical records, receipts for damaged property, and insurance letters.
4. Contact an Attorney: As mentioned before, the process that follows a car accident can quickly become confusing and overwhelming if you haven’t had substantial experience with it. To this end, a Dallas car accident attorney may be able to take some of the stress off of your shoulders as they help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries.
Causes of Dizziness
There are a number of things that can end up causing dizziness after an accident, ranging from mild to severe. Some of the more common include:
- Whiplash: Whiplash is one of the more common injuries suffered in car accidents. It occurs when a car comes to a sudden stop after crashing into another vehicle or object. This sudden change of speeds can cause the driver or passenger’s head to “whip” forward, leading most commonly to head and neck injuries. Whiplash can also cause dizziness by impacting the nerves in your spinal column.
- Concussions and Other Brain Injuries: Any impact to the head or neck are can end up causing a concussion or other head injuries. However, it is important to note that head injuries can result even if the head is not directly impacted. Concussions can be relatively innocuous, but other more serious injuries can lead to brain swelling or skull fractures.
- BBPV: BBPV, or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, happens when crystals in your ear connected 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 are responsible for carrying the blood throughout your body to the areas that need it to function. One critical area that blood vessels service is the brain. If blood vessels are damaged in an accident, then brain may not be able to get the blood it needs to function, and this can lead to dizziness.
What Should I Do If I Feel Dizzy?
As mentioned previously, the number one thing that you should do to address a head injury that is causing dizziness is seeking medical attention. However, there are a few steps that you can take to help ensure your safety in the meantime.
- Hold onto railings when using stairs, and if you feel that it is necessary, use a cane or walker while moving around.
- Don’t participate in activities like hiking, riding a bike, or anything else that may require a strong sense of balance.
- 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.
How to File a Claim
No two car accidents are ever exactly the same, but they will generally follow similar steps once they are started. These steps include:
1. Contacting an Attorney: Facing the legal process alone after an accident can be daunting, and there a lot of pitfalls to fall into and mistakes to be made if you don’t have experience in this area. A Dallas auto accident attorney may be able to help you navigate this process and help you seek the maximum compensation for your injuries.
2. Gather Information: After you have hired an attorney, they may be able to begin gathering the necessary documentation for your case. This includes things like medical records, photos and video footage, as well as insurance letters.
3. Negotiate a Settlement: Once your attorney has a handle on the specific circumstance surrounding your accident, they may be able to reach out and start settlement negotiations with the other parties involved. This step includes attempting to place your arguments in the best possible light while minimizing the possible weaknesses of your position.
4. Go to Trial: The vast majority of cases will settle before they get anywhere near a courthouse. However, if the parties can’t reach an agreement, then going to trial may be the next step.
Once you have addressed your immediate medical needs, you will probably begin to wonder how much your case is actually worth. It is nearly impossible to give an exact estimate at the outset of your case, but damages can be generally grouped into two categories.
Economic damages include things like medical bills, expenses for automobile repair, and wages that you may have missed out on while unable to work. These can typically be proven with a fairly high degree of certainty.
Damages in this category refer to the pain and suffering that you experience as a result of your injuries. Non-economic damages are a bit more difficult to pin an exact number on, but they may be recoverable in your case depending on the severity of your injuries.
Who is at Fault?
In order to be in a position to be awarded compensation for your injuries, another party or parties must have been at fault. In other words, someone else must have caused your injuries, either intentionally or through negligence. In discussing this topic, it is important to note that parties can share in the fault—accidents are typically not black-and-white situations. Some of the parties who will typically be at fault in an auto accident include:
- The Drivers: When most people think of the causes of a car accident, the drivers are usually the first parties to come up. In the majority of accidents, one or more of the drivers will share in the fault. This can be as simple as rolling a stop sign, or as serious as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- The City: In certain cases, it may be possible that the city or town responsible for the area where the accident took place will be at fault. For example, if roadwork is being performed without proper signage to warn drivers of the danger, then a city might be at fault if that roadwork ends up causing an accident.
- The Bar: Texas is one of the states with what is known as a “dram shop law.” These laws potentially hold the owners of bars or other establishments serving alcohol liable for injuries caused by their patrons if they served a person who was obviously intoxicated, and that person went on to cause an accident while under the influence.
Statute of Limitations
For every personal injury claim, there is a corresponding “statute of limitations.” The statute of limitations is the time you have to file a suit based on a given incident. For car accidents, the statute of limitations in Texas is two year. This means that you have two years from the date of the accident to bring a suit seeking compensation. Suits brought outside of this two-year period will likely be thrown out.
There are exceptions to the general rule, however. For example, if the victim in an accident is under the age of 18, then the statute may be extended until they reach the age of majority. In addition, the statute may be different for a dram shop case.
Zinda Law Group May Be Able to Help
If you are suffering, or have suffered, dizziness as a result of an automobile 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.
To find out if you have a claim, call us today at (888) 449-1160 for a completely free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers.
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