After an injury, one of the most important things for you to do is to understand what your medical needs will be like in the future. Are you expected to make a full recovery? Is it more likely that you will have lasting disabilities or need long-term care?
The answers to those questions will help you decide how much financial support you’re going to need in the future. Since your injury may not yet be at the point of maximum recovery, one thing your attorney will help you do is to determine what kind of settlement or award would be fair in your case.
If you have an injury that is going to have lifelong impacts, then you should consider the kinds of medical care you will need in the future. For example, if you have a brain injury, you may need things like:
- Home health care
- Cleaning services to take care of your home and yard
- Further surgeries or invasive medical procedures
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- To make changes to your home to make it handicap accessible
It’s necessary for the at-fault driver in any collision to cover your losses. They should be covering your medical care expenses, lost wages and other financial impacts that the car crash caused.
How do you know how much you need out of a settlement?
If you can, it’s better to wait to settle until you know how this injury is going to affect you. You will be able to use your medical documents, letters from friends, colleagues, employers and medical providers and use that information to show the insurance company the severity of your injuries. Your attorney has experience working with people who have been hurt in cases like yours, so they will also use that experience to help you fight for a fair amount of compensation.