How spine and brain injuries affect your life and your finances
A woman in Ireland who suffered brain, spine and chest injuries in a high-speed car crash was recently awarded 10 million euro (approximately $14 million) in a court settlement. A teenager in Canada spent five years recovering from a 30-foot fall that resulted in head and neck injuries. The effects of a catastrophic injury aren’t limited to the moment an injury happens. There are long-lasting repercussions that can affect victims for a lifetime.
When determining appropriate compensation following a catastrophic injury, it’s important to understand that the cost of such an injury doesn’t end when a patient is discharged from the hospital. A skilled attorney will look at all costs that will affect a victim’s life, and build a case and a compensation recommendation based on their holistic estimate.
Calculating the effect of a catastrophic injury on a person’s lifetakes many factors into account, the most obvious being the medical impact. Victims of severe injuries will spend time in the hospital requiring treatments and medication simply to stabilize their condition. Patients with brain and spine injuries often require physical and occupational therapy to regain the everyday faculties they took for granted.
After the hospital and beyond the medical costs, there will be changes that affect victims’ day-to-day lives. Many people who have suffered a spinal injury endure some level of paralysis or limited mobility that can affect even the simplest interactions with people and everyday objects. Some injuries require attendant care for an extended time period or lifelong assistance from a support worker following a catastrophic injury.
Modifications may need to be made to a person’s home and workplace, if they can return to work at all. Those who can return to work may need retraining or vocational rehabilitation. In addition to loss of work and a need for assistive care, victims may be impacted emotionally, requiring therapy, along with a consistent medication regimen to help manage pain or other symptoms of their injuries.
The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC in Baltimore take a comprehensive view of the financial and emotional costs of a catastrophic injury. Their lawyers provide legal representation and support for victims to help ensure that they have every resource they need to recover as best as they can. They encourage anyone considering filing a personal injury claim to contact them at their Baltimore offices.