A personal injury lawyer with extensive experience in motor vehicle accident claims can investigate and assess for an array of future financial needs.
In an instant, a driver or passenger in a motor vehicle accident can suffer catastrophic injury that will change the rest of their life. A personal injury lawyer who represents such a victim will need to thoroughly assess the associated financial needs into the future to advocate for realistic money damages to support the victim on an ongoing basis.
The kinds of catastrophic injuries and resulting symptoms that can result from a serious collision may include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Head trauma and skull fracture
- Cognitive impairment
- Memory loss
- Chronic pain or headache
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck injury
- Paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia
- Burns and scarring
- Bone fractures
In July 2019, Michigan Radio published the story of a young man who almost died in a serious accident in which his car was T-boned by another vehicle at 60 mph. He survived with a brain injury that causes anger and fatigue as well as partial paralysis on his left side. Sixteen years after the accident, which happened when he was only 16, the victim lives with ongoing disabilities.
His story illustrates the kinds of costs that can stem from a catastrophic injury:
- Hospital and medical bills
- Therapies (speech, occupational, physical, music)
- Medical equipment like wheelchairs
- Home adaptations
- Caregiver services
In addition to those financial needs as described in the article, other expenses and legal damages of accident victims with serious, life-changing injuries may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost past and future wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Long-term residential care
- Accessible vehicle
- Mental health treatment
An experienced attorney will get expert opinions from medical experts and treating and assessing medical professionals to understand what kinds and levels of money damages should be sought from responsible parties like insurers and liable individuals. Documented medical issues and future assessment of need will provide the evidence needed to support the legal claims of the victim.
Anyone in Missouri facing serious injury from a motor vehicle crash should seek legal advice as early as possible to preserve all possible claims and legal remedies.
The lawyers at Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer with offices in Springfield and Columbia represent the victims of motor vehicle accidents as well as the surviving loved ones of those killed in such crashes throughout the state of Missouri.