Suffering an injury-causing accident will probably cause you to focus on the here and now. You may be in pain, and the looming threat of medical expenses coupled with all the work you’re missing can be overwhelming. It’s okay, and probably healthy, to take a “one day at a time” approach to your recovery.
That said, it’s important not to overlook the ripple effect of your injuries. Even seemingly minor injuries can have lasting repercussions. You may need medical treatment for some time after your initial injury.
Additionally, your injuries may affect your future earning potential. Depending on your job, you may find you’re no longer physically capable of doing what you used to do. What’s more, your pain and suffering could end up causing you to miss important events, or reduce your enjoyment of life.
There Is No Crystal Ball
While no personal injury lawyer possesses a crystal ball that will predict exact details of your future, our team of experienced attorneys have a broad background in many types of personal injury cases.
If you’re severely injured, or have injuries that are difficult to treat, you could be looking down the barrel of a long recovery—which could become very costly. Your lawyer may be able to offer crucial insight into your likely expenses for the future, be they short term or lifelong.
Quantifying Future Harm
The long-reaching effects of an injury are not limited to medical expenses. A number of factors figure into how your injuries will influence your future:
- Cost of medical equipment
- Nursing care expenses
- Cancelled plans such as vacation or a family event
- Missed opportunities at work
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of fertility; inability to have children
Your attorney can help you to quantify the likely effect on your future your injuries will have. This is an important step in determining the amount of compensation you should seek. By considering all the ways in which your plans have to change because of your injuries, your lawyer can help you receive compensation for the lifestyle changes you may be facing.
Let us put our experience to work for you. If you’re facing an uncertain future after an injury, there may be legal help available. Call today for a free case evaluation: 317-920-6400 or 800-525-8028