To accept any settlement offer after a car accident in Hollywood, you need to know the full cost of your accident. How much money will truly cover all the expenses related to your accident and injuries?
This can be a surprisingly challenging question to answer, because a car accident can affect your life in so many ways. Your car accident may end up costing more than you realize because you may end up having to pay for:
1) Medical care.
Even imaging tests can end up costing thousands of dollars. If you are not correctly diagnosed right away or if you have a serious injury, you may need to make multiple visits to many doctors and specialists, and all of those visits can add up.
2) Specialized care.
If you have suffered a back injury, you may be sent to an orthopedic surgeon. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may need to visit a neurologist or may need surgery for your injury. Specialized care can be especially expensive and you may need to undergo months or even years of treatment and rehabilitation before you reach full recovery.
After a car accident, you may need to pay for pain medication, antibiotics, and other medications.
4) Medical devices.
If you have suffered a fracture or other injury, you may need a wheelchair, crutches, a cast, braces, and other medical devices.
5) At-home and outpatient care.
If you’ve suffered a traumatic or serious injury, you may need care at-home or you may need specialized outpatient care, both of which can be expensive. If you have suffered a severe and catastrophic permanent injury, you may need to pay for a lifetime of care at an assisted living facility or a lifetime of additional support at home.
6) Time away from work.
Even if you are expected to make a full recovery, you may have to spend time away from work, losing income. If you have been severely injured, you may lose months of work or may not even be able to return to your job because your injuries may prevent you from working.
7) Missed business opportunities.
If you were working on your career before you had your car accident, time away from work may mean you miss out on promotions, business opportunities, and new clients. This can end up harming your career for months or years to come.
8) Incidental costs.
There many minor costs after a car accident, and these costs can add up. The cost of installing a grab bar in your shower so you don’t slip if you have suffered a broken leg, for example, or the cost of installing a wheelchair ramp if you have a wheelchair, can be considerable.
If your car has suffered damages, you may need to pay for repairs or you may need to have your car replaced. In both cases, you may need to pay for a rental or pay for taxis while your car is not available. If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury, you may not be able to drive for some time, meaning you’re going to have to rely on someone to drive you. Or, you may need to purchase a more expensive modified vehicle to accommodate your injury and pay for rehabilitation and driving lessons to learn how to operate that vehicle safely with your injury.
10) Likely future costs.
If you’ve suffered a serious injury, you could still be paying for costs related to your injury months or even years after the injury. These likely future costs also need to be considered.
Working with a personal injury attorney in Homestead or your community can help you determine the likely total costs of your injuries, so you can choose a settlement or insurance offer that makes sense for you. If you have been injured, contact Flaxman Law Group to arrange a free, no obligation consultation to discuss how much your case may be worth.