A San Diego Brain Injury Lawyer Discusses Mental and Emotional Car Accident Injuries
This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
Posted in News & Articles | Posted by: George Heppner - San Diego Personal Injury Attorney
San Diego brain injury lawyer George Charles Heppner sometimes represents people who have suffered from emotional and mental injuries in car accidents caused by others. Since most insurance adjusters are not as familiar with the various types of mental health and emotional problems that people can suffer in accidents, they rarely offer to settle them for the appropriate value early on in the case. If you have received emotional or mental injuries in a motor vehicle crash, here is what your San Diego injury lawyer would like for you to understand about your claim and what you can expect.
The Unique Nature of Mental Health and Emotional Accident Injuries
The proper evaluation of mental health and emotional injuries requires a depth of understanding about how they affect a person. Very few insurance adjusters possess this type of understanding. Insurance adjusters also use a formulary to estimate the value of a claim, and mental health and emotional injuries are not included in most that are used. Instead, insurance companies are more accustomed to the evaluation of physical injuries and their impact. This means that your accident case is unlikely to be settled during the claims stage and that you will likely need to file a lawsuit in order to receive fair compensation for all of your losses, including those caused by your mental health and emotional trauma.
How Your San Diego Injury Lawyer May Address Your Mental Health and Emotional Injuries
The impact of mental health and emotional injuries vary widely from one person to another. This variance makes them more difficult for insurance companies to grasp. Your injury attorney may do several things in order to try to negotiate a fair settlement for you. They may first try to present information about the injuries you have suffered to the adjuster in order to try to educate them. Still, that is unlikely to work, especially if the adjuster is not knowledgeable about mental health injuries. Your lawyer may need to retain a defense psychiatrist to fully examine you. You may expect to be interrogated through litigation about your injuries, and you should also expect the insurance company to raise doubts about your credibility concerning your mental health injuries. You should also expect the insurance company to hire their own psychiatrist to evaluate you and compare your claims to the case records. Accident cases involving mental health and emotional injuries normally must advance after a formal lawsuit has commenced. They generally will not be settled until well after the discovery process has been initiated. In very rare cases, an insurance company may want to settle a matter early, but you should not expect that to happen when a part of your claim involves mental health and emotional injuries.
Contact a San Diego Brain Injury Lawyer
To speak with San Diego brain injury lawyer George Charles Heppner – San Diego Personal Injury Attorney, call (888) 503-6473.