Personal injuries come in many forms, but the worst of them are life-changing. Brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other forms of debilitating injuries change your life from the moment they happen. They don't just change your life either. In fact, it is likely that your entire family, social group and even co-workers will be affected.
The most serious injuries often take years of recovery just to get you to a point of being able to live on your own. In some cases, you will never be able to live without medical assistance. For this reason, it is vital that you get an appropriate amount of compensation for your injuries. The last thing you want to find out is that you do not have the funds to seek the medical treatments you need.
What should you do if you suffer a debilitating injury?
Immediately following any injury of this caliber, you should go to the hospital. The longer you wait to seek care, the more likely it is that you will suffer secondary injuries. These are injuries that occur as a result of the first injury's symptoms. For example, a brain injury is caused by a primary trauma, but the swelling and bleeding that could occur may lead to further damage if it is not treated quickly. Spinal cord injuries are similar; an early intervention can help preserve the nerves in the spinal cord by reducing inflammation and addressing compression.
After you get medical treatment and are stable, your attorney will help you seek a settlement from the other party. The person who hurt you, whether it was intentional or not, should be responsible for your medical care now and in the future. They may also be held responsible for travel fees, damages to your personal property and other financial losses.