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The Lifetime Costs of a Catastrophic Injury

A catastrophic injury often changes the life of a victim forever, as well as the lives of their family members and friends. The price of this type of devastating injury is not only measured by pain and suffering, as well as missed life opportunities and experiences, but also the financial expenses incurred throughout the recovery process and the new life these victims must lead.

A catastrophic injury typically involves the following steps for recovery:

  • Emergency medical attention
  • Surgery to stabilize a body part or relieve bleeding to the brain
  • Recovery after surgery
  • Lengthy hospitalization
  • Physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy
  • Rehabilitation

This type of care can last for months or even years as the victim recovers and regains some normal function again. In addition, a victim of a catastrophic injury almost always requires future medical care.

When a victim returns home form the hospital, it is possible that he or she will spend more money for the following:

  • Ongoing therapy
  • Durable medical equipment, such as a wheelchair
  • Maintenance of a van equipped to handle a wheelchair for a paraplegic or quadriplegic accident victim
  • Modification of existing housing, or a move to alternative housing which allows for restrictions and use of medical equipment

Someone who has suffered a catastrophic injury will likely spend a considerable amount of time away from the workforce as he or she recovers. Furthermore, it is possible that person will never be able to return to work again. If the victim’s family relies on the victim for financial support, the entire family could potentially lose their main source of income, their home, and even more.

Assessing the lifetime costs of a personal injury is a critical component of a successful injury claim or lawsuit. Our Woodstock personal injury attorneys at Warlick & Craig, P.C. can determine an accurate estimate of projected personal injury lifetime costs and help you obtain the financial compensation you and your family deserves.

Contact us and request a free consultation to discuss your case today.

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