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How Insurance Companies Minimize and Manipulate South Dakota Brain Injury Claims and How to Fight Them

Jeff Cole
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Partner at Zimmer, Duncan & Cole

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8/12/2014
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After you’ve suffered a brain injury or serious head trauma, the outlook can be uncertain. If you are also pursuing an injury claim while you recover, the success of your claim may be uncertain, too. While there shouldn’t be any argument that any kind of injury to the brain is a serious matter, victims often find themselves defending the severity of their injury to insurance companies that are attempting to minimize their claims for compensation. In fact, insurance companies often try to manipulate the subjective and uncertain nature of these injuries in order to save their own bottom lines. Some common tactics include:

  • Claiming a brain injury is less severe than a victim claims. Brain injuries can come with a range of symptoms that aren’t always obvious, such as behavioral changes, emotional difficulties, and problems with attention and focus. While these symptoms are very real, insurance companies may try to minimize symptoms that are difficult to measure.
  • Claiming a mild brain injury isn’t serious. Although brain injuries are often classified as mild, moderate, or severe, all brain injuries are serious. Even mild brain injuries can change a victim’s life for months, and some symptoms may persist even longer.
  • Settling a claim before the extent of the injury is known. Brain injuries often unpredictable, and insurance companies often try to settle South Dakota injury claims before the victim is aware that long-term care may be needed and later complications are possible.

Brain injury claims can be difficult to navigate, but our Sioux Falls legal is here to help you get informed. Contact us today to start learning more about protecting your rights after you’ve been hurt.



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