When someone suffers a catastrophic injury after a car accident, they may not know just what the long-term consequences of the accident will be. Without knowing what is at stake after your accident, it can be hard to get fair compensation for your injuries. The cost of a car accident with medical expenses can be several thousand dollars or more, but that does not include what else you may experience because of your injuries. When you are negotiating for your maximum compensation, here are a few different long-term consequences to consider:
Relocation or renovation costs
Some catastrophic injuries can change the way that you live on a day-to-day basis. These injuries can mean that you can no longer use stairs or that you need to use a wheelchair. These needs may mean that you can no longer get around your house reliably, and your compensation should cover the costs of relocating to a suitable home or renovating your current one to suit your needs.
Loss of life enjoyment
Catastrophic injuries can also mean that you miss out on a lot of opportunities in your future. If you were someone who loved the outdoors, you might not be able to pursue your hobby of rock climbing or hiking anymore—missing out on the things you loved to do or other unique experiences like having a parent-child dance at your kid’s wedding.
Loss of earning potential
Suppose a traumatic brain injury reduces your ability to work or paralysis keeps you from performing your career in construction. In that case, your injury compensation should also reflect the years of future income that you would have earned without your injuries.
Get help maximizing your compensation
A catastrophic injury can take far more from you than you expect it can. When you are trying to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries, let an experienced personal injury attorney help you determine your injury’s current and future costs and fight to receive compensation that reflects those costs.