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OT: I Was in a pretty serious car accident
John Stoops, Photographer, Student/Intern
Seoul | ROK | South Korea | Posted: 3:52 PM on 02.09.13
->> On Wednesday I was traveling south on hwy 65, the car in front of me stopped to turn, I stopped but the car behind me hit my car at 50 mph; totally my car.

I was knocked unconscious and the next thing I knew I was being pulled out of my car by the ambulance crew. I was taken to the hospital for tests and it was discovered that I had a concussion and bleeding on the brain.

They insist that I stay overnight for observation, and the next morning I was released.

Here is my question: Does anyone know how much money I should expect for pain and suffering? That seems fairly gray and uncertain.

They other driver admitted guilt, he was cited by Ohio Highway Patrol. But I am very curious how much I should expect from an accident like this. I had a concussion, bleeding on the brain, and pretty serious pain around the chest area.

I don't want to meet with the other guy's insurance company completely ignorant of what I should have coming to me.

Does anyone have an idea what to expect?
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Stan Cochrane, Photographer
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 3:54 PM on 02.09.13
->> See an attorney,,,do not meet with his insurance company. Repeat, see an attorney first.
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Mike Janes, Photographer
Attica | NY | USA | Posted: 4:02 PM on 02.09.13
->> It depends on your lawyer honestly, do not even think of going to meet with their insurance company without one! The insurance company will want to settle fast and cheap, not something you want to happen, find a lawyer!
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Patrick Fallon, Photographer, Assistant
Torrance | California | USA | Posted: 4:12 PM on 02.09.13
->> Find an attorney, do not post more on public forums about the topic.
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Greg Francis, Photographer
Rochester | NY | USA | Posted: 4:15 PM on 02.09.13
->> Retain an attorney, in today's world, a percentage of the accident is assigned to you, a percentage of the accident is the other drivers fault. Have your insurance get an attorney to represent your interests
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor, Photographer
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 4:17 PM on 02.09.13
->> John, I'm glad you're doing relatively OK, but, really, this is your first question?

--Mark
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John Stoops, Photographer, Student/Intern
Seoul | ROK | South Korea | Posted: 4:19 PM on 02.09.13
->> Patrick,


Perhaps you are right, I was hoping someone had a magic bullet formula that took into consideration all the factors involving the accident and that could spit out a ballpark figure of what to expect.
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John Stoops, Photographer, Student/Intern
Seoul | ROK | South Korea | Posted: 4:23 PM on 02.09.13
->> Mark,


Yea, I guess the pain and suffering is a pretty uncertain figure.

The value of the car is pretty locked in. My medical bills will be paid for, but how do insurance companies calculate pain and suffering?

I was hoping someone on sportsshooter had a similar experience and could shed some light on this.
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Mark Peters, Photographer
Highland | IL | USA | Posted: 5:18 PM on 02.09.13
->> If there was a pat answer there would be a ton of unemployed attorneys.
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John Stoops, Photographer, Student/Intern
Seoul | ROK | South Korea | Posted: 5:31 PM on 02.09.13
->> Mark,


Good point.
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Patrick Fallon, Photographer, Assistant
Torrance | California | USA | Posted: 5:46 PM on 02.09.13
->> STOP. POSTING. ABOUT. PENDING. LEGAL. MATTERS.

FIND AN ATTORNEY.
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Jim Karczewski, Photographer, Assistant
Hammond | IN | USA | Posted: 6:46 PM on 02.09.13
->> Not posting Legal advice.. But I was rear ended at 45. Suffered severe whiplash that I had to undergo PT for 4 months to stop the stiffening of my neck, lost work, basically lost my wedding business due to it. Because I have State Farm and the guy that hit me had state farm, I got roughly a settlement for $25k + medical (which the attorneys take 1/3 of ALL including medical)

Had it been a different insurance company, or if I really wanted to pursue my own insurance company, I'm sure I could had.. But.. That's how mine went.

With that said, talk to people you know.. GET A GOOD ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY!!!!
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Jim Karczewski, Photographer, Assistant
Hammond | IN | USA | Posted: 6:47 PM on 02.09.13
->> FYI, In most states anytime you are rear-ended, it's the fault of the person rear-ending you.... no matter the reason.
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 8:39 PM on 02.09.13
->> John,
I am not a attorney. Do what others have suggested and get a very good lawyer who is experienced in dealing with insurance companies and accidents and quit posting about it on here.

My reason for posting is your injury. I suffered a fracture skull in either late November or early December and was air flighted 100 miles because they were worried it might bleed.

Make sure that your doctors are cool with your health. What I've learned is that brain injuries are serious business - even "minor" ones - "there are", as someone who has worked with brain trauma told me, really "no such thing."

One doctor told me I have a 20% chance of having a seizure over the next 12 months, and I'm in good shape.

My message is clear: Make sure your injury is under control and poses no risk to you long term. If this is mishandled, legal liability will be the least of your concerns if your health goes south.
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Brian Blanco, Photographer
Tampa / Sarasota | FL | USA | Posted: 8:45 PM on 02.09.13
->> John,

FIRST: LISTEN to Patrick Fallon and STOP POSTING ON HERE.

SECOND: Your member page shows the last 5 threads you've contributed to. Trust me when I tell you that you DO NOT want opposing council to find this thread when they Google you (and they WILL Google you) so post something helpful in 5 more threads to bump this off your member page and then never come to this thread again.
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Brian Blanco, Photographer
Tampa / Sarasota | FL | USA | Posted: 8:46 PM on 02.09.13
->> ...and do it, like, tonight.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 1:21 AM on 02.10.13
->> Cripes, the idiocy on this forum sometimes amazes me. Seriously, you look towards a website like THIS for legal advice? Really? I'm sorry for your troubles but COME ON. Asking for legal advice on SportShooter is like asking for me to perform brain surgery...the outcome is nothing short of bad.
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John Stoops, Photographer, Student/Intern
Seoul | ROK | South Korea | Posted: 1:39 AM on 02.10.13
->> No I was not asking legal advice, I was asking people's personal experience with similar circumstances.

In hindsight, I realize it was a mistake, but I am heavily sedated due to my injuries, which include a concussion and a cracked rib.

Chuck, it would be nice if you got off you stump for once and stopped talking down to people.

When sportsshooters.com members don't renew because of the poison that is spewed on the message board, they are referring to jerks like you.

If you don't like a question I ask, please shut up. I don't to hear your ridiculous complaints.

Take that crap back to high school.
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John Stoops, Photographer, Student/Intern
Seoul | ROK | South Korea | Posted: 1:55 AM on 02.10.13
->> Chuck forgot to ask:


Where do you get off policing what is asked on this forum. Why do yo concern yourself?

I have seen your venomous comments time and time again.

There are countless times I have seen questions that I thought were inappropriate or silly, but for some reason you feel it is your obligation to belittle someone publicly when they ask a question that you feel does not fit into YOUR perception of appropriate.


Do everyone a favor, and keep your toxic, snide remarks to yourself.
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Scott Serio, Photo Editor, Photographer
Colora | MD | USA | Posted: 2:03 AM on 02.10.13
->> Umm....one of the side effects of concussions is...

DRUM ROLL...

Lack of impulse control.

JOHN....STOP POSTING... You are going to say something you will regret and it might be because you have a concussion.

STOP POSTING and maybe make a request that this was an ill-advised thread based on your medical condition and have it removed. And if they don't remove it...

STOP POSTING...

Trust me on this...my wife had a concussion last year, she is still suffering the effects, but her boss pissed her off, and thanks to that lack of impulse control, she quit her job. She still hasn't found actual employment. The upside is she is a lawyer and can get money through private practice, but hopefully you get the point.

STOP POSTING...
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Craig Mitchelldyer, Photographer, Assistant
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 2:08 AM on 02.10.13
->> Why would anyone ask a bunch of photographers for legal advice? This thread is hilarious.
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Kent Nishimura, Student/Intern, Photographer
Honolulu | HI | USA | Posted: 7:16 AM on 02.10.13
->> listen to Patrick, Blanco and Scott.

just stop posting and let your attorney sort it all out. thats what they get paid for.
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 7:37 AM on 02.10.13
->> OT: WTF is this question doing here???

Hope you're truly OK but maybe you're due a lot more money...
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Jacob Langston, Photographer
Orlando | FL | | Posted: 9:28 AM on 02.10.13
->> If and when you do retain an attorney, one of the first things they will tell you is to NOT post on social media about the accident.

Unfortunately, these posts cannot be deleted.

So, call an attorney, and stop posting.
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Thomas E. Witte, Photographer, Photo Editor
Cincinnati | OH | USA | Posted: 11:13 AM on 02.10.13
->> John, the reason you shouldn't be posting about this has nothing to do with it being off topic or anything like that. It has to do with protecting any case you have.

If the attorneys for the other party happen to search the internet for any character references on you, they could potentially find this thread. The whole reason you started this thread and the topic of most of your subsequent posts is: "how much money can I expect."

Do you know how that comes off to defense counsel?
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Jason Myers, Photographer
West Palm Beach | FL | USA | Posted: 11:37 AM on 02.10.13
->> This is amazing....
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 11:59 AM on 02.10.13
->> Made my Sunday morning! This is FUN!
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Bradly J. Boner, Photographer, Photo Editor
Jackson | WY | USA | Posted: 12:40 PM on 02.10.13
->> Man, 26 replies and I can't believe no one has advised him to stop posting and to contact an attorney...
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Todd Spoth, Photographer
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 6:30 PM on 02.10.13
->> John,

I have been in an accident that totaled my vehicle and was the fault of the other driver. I had no attorney and collected pain and suffering including all medical and other expenses from the persons insurance.

Please post ALL details of everything including any legal details here and I will help you out.

-Todd
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David Hungate, Photographer
Roanoke | VA | United States | Posted: 6:48 PM on 02.10.13
->> In a wreck, get a check!
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Steven Limentani, Photographer
Charlotte | NC | United States | Posted: 9:05 PM on 02.10.13
->> To quote many, I am not an attorney, however, I am a physician. The most important point is that following brain injury and while receiving sedating medications people often do and say things that they would not had these events not occurred.
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Mark Perlstein, Photographer, Photo Editor
Plano | TX | USA | Posted: 9:28 PM on 02.10.13
->> John, I can place a good bet that you will get a lot less now.
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G.J. McCarthy, Photographer
Dallas | TX | US | Posted: 11:19 PM on 02.10.13
->> " The most important point is that following brain injury and while receiving sedating medications people often do and say things that they would not had these events not occurred."

I know for a fact this is true. When I got a concussion a couple years ago I ended up spending like a week on the couch watching nothing but Jersey Shore. Then I sent a long letter to MTV's head of programming thanking him for bringing such quality, enriching and inspiring television to living rooms the world over.
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Gordon Haywood, Photographer
Perth | West Australia | Australia | Posted: 8:28 AM on 02.11.13
->> Struggling to get over the irony...

Got injured in a car accident...

of all the things that I might be concerned about...

How much money will I get...
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 10:31 AM on 02.11.13
->> So when is your expected recovery, G.J.?
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Michael McNamara, Photographer, Photo Editor
Phoenix | AZ | USA | Posted: 10:47 AM on 02.11.13
->> Maybe he's building his case. He was in a car crash. So where does he go for advice? A sports photography forum. And when people tell him to stop posting, he keeps posting.

If he's trying to build a legal footing for saying that the crash really messed up his cognitive reasoning, he's doing a marvelous job.
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Preston Mack, Photographer
Orlando | FL | | Posted: 11:08 AM on 02.11.13
->> John, hope you get better soon. Take care of yourself.
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Garrett Hubbard, Photographer
Washington | D.C. | USA | Posted: 11:20 AM on 02.11.13
->> John, I hope you feel better and get the proper physical therapy to recover fully. Car accidents like this are no joke. I'm sorry to see that you've been ostracized here for your comments. People on this board are often heavy on truth and light on mercy.
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Israel Shirk, Photographer, Assistant
Boise | ID | US | Posted: 1:01 PM on 02.11.13
->> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX0fIi3H-es
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Israel Shirk, Photographer, Assistant
Boise | ID | US | Posted: 1:15 PM on 02.11.13
->> (and get better BTW!)
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G.J. McCarthy, Photographer
Dallas | TX | US | Posted: 2:07 PM on 02.11.13
->> Aw, Chuck -- that was so funny! Did you think of it all by yourself?
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