The true cost of car accidents for personal injury victims
Car accidents can do a lot of damage to a person’s overall health, their vehicle and their bank account.
If you or someone you care for sustained a serious injury in a car accident, you may be wondering what your total lifetime costs may be. Data from 2017 suggests that each emergency room visit costs in excess of $3, 000, per visit, without adding in fees for tests and medication.
Extended hospitalizations can cost tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on whether surgery is involved. If the accident victim needs extended personal therapy, this can add another layer of expenses.
There is also the matter of longer-term care, and whether additional treatment will be needed as time goes on. For example, one of our clients once told us about a cousin who had sustained a severe head injury during a motorcycle accident. He recovered much faster than expected, and the doctors were shocked that his cognition was seemingly unaffected.
Yet then, about 15 years later, signs of the traumatic brain injury began to emerge. He became short-tempered, had an increasing number of emotional outbursts and eventually, doctors told him he would need to start taking medication, that he’d likely need to take for the rest of his life.
The bottom line is this: when it comes to medical expenses associated with car or motorcycle accidents, the true cost is not the out-of-pocket costs you’ll need to pay in the short term. Long-term and in some cases, life-long care needs, will need to be factored into a settlement.
Reasons to speak with an attorney if you’ve been in a Naples car accident
If you were injured in a vehicle accident, you’ll want to contact a local personal injury attorney right away. When you work with an experienced lawyer, you’ll be able to spend your time recovering from your injuries, as opposed to trying to investigate your case and negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Your lawyer will also be able to negotiate the best possible settlement, which will help ensure that you receive the compensation you need to help with bills today, tomorrow and 20 years from now.
For more information on how personal injury lawsuits work, or to find out more about how much your case may be worth, call The Law Offices of Marc L. Shapiro, P.A. today at 239-649-8050 to get started.