If a recent car accident left you with major injuries that will never heal all the way, you will now have to live the rest of your life with these problems. Luckily, you can seek compensation for them if the other party in the accident caused the accident to occur. When you do this, you will need to make sure you receive enough compensation from the settlement to cover all the future medical bills you will have to pay now that you have major injuries, and here are several important things you should know about this.
Wait Until You Reach Maximum Medical Improvement
Maximum medical improvement (MMI) is a common term used in the field of personal injury law, and it is a term that refers to some point in a person's life when he or she has recovered from injuries to the maximum point. In other words, it is the point when this person will never get any better. The person has reached the maximum point of improvement that he or she will ever reach.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to determine when you reach this point, but your doctors can help you figure this out. Once you reach MMI, you will have a better idea as to how these injuries will affect you for the rest of your life and the amount of money you might have to spend seeking medical care for the rest of your life.
Visit All the Necessary Doctors
A second important step you will need to take involves visiting all the doctors necessary for treatment of the conditions you now have from the accident. While a regular doctor can be helpful to visit too, you should also seek help from the following types of doctors if necessary.
Physical therapist – Physical therapy has several goals, and one is to help a person regain as much movement as possible. With major injuries, you may need to seek physical therapy services for the rest of your life to keep you mobile, and this is something you should consider as you seek compensation for your injuries.
Chiropractor – If your injuries involve neck or back problems, seeking help from a chiropractor is another good step to take, and this too is something you may need for the rest of your life. Chiropractors are helpful for relieving pain from problems involves the spine or bones and muscles in the neck and back.
Therapist – In addition, you might also want to seek help from some type of therapist if you suffer from emotional trauma caused by the accident. You may need to visit a therapist for many years to get over this trauma and to cope with the new lifestyle you have due to your injuries.
The goal is to find out from each doctor their expert opinions regarding how long you will need treatment for your injuries. This will give you evidence to prove that you need financial compensation for this, and it will help you receive a larger settlement.
Seek Damages for Emotional Trauma
Not only can you ask for compensation for future medical bills, you can also seek compensation for emotional trauma that you will suffer from for the rest of your life. If your life is no longer the same, you might be impacted for the rest of your life emotionally, and you can seek compensation for this. Your lawyer may recommend writing down your thoughts about this in a journal so you can use the journal to prove the suffering you are experiencing. Your therapist may also be able to testify about your mental and emotional health.
If you have questions about a recent car accident case and have not yet met with a lawyer, do so now. Contact a car accident attorney to schedule a consultation.