Serious injuries create many costly long-term expenses for victims and their families. When surgeries, medical costs, health care, assisted living expenses and other costs are incurred as the result of another person’s negligence, injury victims have the right to be compensated for all these expenses. They even have the right to be compensated for projected future expenses which have not yet been incurred. The experienced personal injury attorneys at the Dolman Law Group can help St. Petersburg injury victims calculate all future projected expenses which require compensation as a result of a serious injury.
Types of Long-Terms Costs Incurred as a Result of Serious Injuries
Serious injuries create a wide array of medical expenses. Emergency medical care, surgeries, inpatient hospital care, and follow up appointments with primary care doctors and specialists are all common costs which are incurred in the immediate aftermath of a serious injury. But medical expenses can accrue for years after a serious injury occurs. Many victims require ongoing medical testing, observation, diagnosis, and treatment long after the statute of limitations has run on their personal injury claim. In this case, future medical expenses must be projected by the plaintiff. These expenses are itemized along with those which have already been incurred and demanded as part of a personal injury settlement or lawsuit.
Rehabilitation can also continue long after the statute of limitations has run on a personal injury claim. Rehabilitative services can include occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy and other services designed to restore the victim’s cognitive functioning and mobility. Sometimes these services must be rendered within the care of an assisted living facility. Other patients are able to live at home with skilled nursing care or other in-home assistance. These, too, are expenses which can be projected for inclusion in a personal injury lawsuit.
Other Types of Financial Losses Caused by Serious Injuries
Serious injuries cost a victim far more than medical bills. The lengthy recovery period causes many victims to miss significant time from work, or even lose their job altogether. These lost wages are subject to compensation by the person whose negligence caused the injury. Some victims will never be able to reach their former earning capacity or even return to work at all. These losses cause a permanent decrease in the victim’s earning potential. This, too, is a financial loss which can be projected and compensated in a personal injury settlement.
Other losses are less tangible, and more difficult to quantify with a dollar amount. Pain and suffering can be significant with serious injuries. Often, it lasts for years after the injury occurs. It can also cause a victim to miss out on important aspects of daily life. Hobbies, picking up children, enjoying time with family, and other such activities can be devastating to lose as the result of a serious injury. While it is difficult to determine the amount of these losses, they too are very real losses which are subject to compensation. In a complicated personal injury case arising from a serious injury, it is often left to a jury to assign a value for to these intangible losses.
Serious injuries also result in large costs on a national level. PBS reports that traffic accidents in the United States cost an estimated $871 billion every year. These costs were incurred by 32,999 deaths, 3.9 million injuries, and 24 million vehicles damages in 2010. Such costs can be prevented with investments in roadway infrastructure improvements, safety initiatives by local traffic agencies, and other important nationwide efforts. Many state and local agencies run public awareness campaigns addressing a specific issue. Drivers may be reminded to use a seatbelt, not to text and drive, to pull over for emergency vehicles, or similar safe driving behaviors. These campaigns require an investment of funds but carry the potential to reduce accidents and save lives.
On an individual level, it is important for injury victims to hold negligent drivers accountable for their dangerous conduct in order to prevent similar accidents in the future. Criminal laws provide this accountability in certain egregious cases of negligence (such as reckless driving, or driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs). Less egregious negligence may not carry criminal penalties, but it is still highly dangerous and costly to society. It is important that injury victims assert their right to compensation through the civil court system - especially when the criminal court system cannot provide the negligent driver with consequences for his or her dangerous actions.
The Costs of Workplace Accidents
Workplace accidents also result in staggering costs to society. According to EHS Today, American companies pay $62 billion per year as a result of time lost due to workplace injuries. This is greater than the GDP of 91 countries. The leading cause of workplace injuries, overexertion, was responsible for nearly 25 percent of this total.
In addition to time lost from work, companies can also pay increased workers’ compensation insurance premiums, safety violation fines, training costs, and other expenses as a result of workplace accidents. Companies can also incur indirect expenses after an accident. Temporary employees, quality disruptions, decreased morale, and an impaired business reputation can also hurt an employer’s bottom line. These, too, are expenses which can be mitigated with reasonable investments in workplace safety training.
Aggressive Representation for Serious Injury Claims
Whether you have experienced a brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, burns, or other life-changing conditions, you may have the right to be compensated for the financial losses you will sustain throughout your life as a result of this injury. An experienced personal injury attorney can aggressively defend your right to be compensated for all types of financial losses. The Dolman Law Group has years of experience in protecting the rights of injury victims in and around the St. Petersburg area. Call (727) 222-6922 to schedule your free consultation with a personal injury attorney today. Injury victims across southern Florida trust our professional staff, comprehensive legal expertise, and superior customer service.
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1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712