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5 steps to take after suffering a head injury in a car crash

You have driven to work every day for months, but today was different. A truck driver went out of his lane, and the next thing you knew, you woke up in the hospital. It's now days later and you're just starting to be able to communicate.

It turns out that you suffered serious head trauma that has left you with a lasting brain injury. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to start a claim and get compensation for this injury, so you can focus on your health instead of money during this difficult time. Here are five steps to take as soon as possible.

1. Talk to your attorney

The first thing you should do is talk to your attorney. In your current physical state, any extra stress or anxiety could be harmful to your health. It's important that your attorney handles the legal actions you wish to take while allowing you to focus on your recovery.

2. Collect your medical documents

One of the things your attorney will need is a collection of your medical documents. Bills are especially important, since they show how severely injured you are and the number of treatments and medical decisions you've had to make.

3. Keep track of lost wages

Also keep track of your lost wages. You may miss weeks of work or never be able to return. It's important that your attorney has information on your monthly or yearly salary as well as the financial impact this accident has had on you and your family.

4. Update information as you learn more

As you learn more about your condition and begin to focus on treatment, it's a good idea to give your attorney regular updates. The extent to which you recover does play a role in the settlement you're offered and potentially in the claims you can make if you go to trial.

5. Discuss your claim

Finally, when you have time, talk to your attorney about your claim and what you expect. He or she can help you understand what is normal in this kind of situation and what kinds of things you can expect if you head to court.

With the right help, you can file a claim while focusing on your health. This accident has changed your life, and you deserve compensation.

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