Car accidents can take an extremely high toll on the victims. The cost of a car accident involving medical costs alone can cost several thousand dollars, which is why it is so important that the compensation a victim earns matches the current and future costs of the accident.
Some catastrophic injuries come with a lifetime of consequences. When negotiating for a settlement, it is important to consider how the consequences of your injury may impact you in the future and the present. Here are some examples of what long-term injuries can cost you.
Motor vehicle accidents can cause victims to lose a few fingers, a hand, or the entire limb. Crushed body parts often result in amputation when the damage becomes too severe. Additionally, lasting infections can also call for an amputation to protect the rest of the body.
Paralysis and numbness
A severed nerve is all it takes to cause a person to be unable to control a body part anymore. Even if the nerve is whole, there could still be damage that causes an arm or leg to experience numbness and limited mobility.
Traumatic brain injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can leave a victim with lifelong paralysis, emotional changes, memory loss and other difficulties, trouble sleeping and many other issues. TBIs can change the way a person behaves, thinks and lives, and their family may not even recognize the victim by their new behavior.
Compensation should reflect future costs
These and other injuries can cost a victim a lifetime of experiences, such as walking a child down the wedding aisle and sharing a dance with them, enjoying hobbies like rock climbing or boating, or even being able to move about their own home comfortably. An injury settlement cannot bring these opportunities back, but it can help fund ways to compensate for the loss. If you suffered a serious personal injury, make sure your attorney is pursuing compensation that accurately reflects your injury’s current and future costs.