While one hopes a severe car accident never happens, driving always comes with risks.
In Georgia, motor vehicle crashes rank second as the leading cause of emergency and hospital visits. During the initial chaos, people often focus on the present. Unfortunately, a catastrophic injury has far-reaching consequences.
Constant medical bills
Most catastrophic injuries come with life-altering changes. From the start, medical expenses start to pile up. From surgery to the need to use state-of-the-art equipment from the beginning to potential long-term care and rehabilitation, it may seem like bills will never end. After finally returning home, those expenses do not go away. Severe injuries may mean needing special equipment that requires the additional cost of ramps and rails. In some instances, a person may need 24/7 care, which quickly evaporates money.
While the injured person deals with recovery, they also have to worry about lost income. Sustaining a catastrophic injury often means losing the inability to work. Often a permanent injury, it may also lead to lost future income or working at a job that pays significantly less.
Along with the financial burden, these injuries come with other pain and suffering. Losing mobility and dealing with chronic pain take away from the life once lived. The constant feeling of missing out on the activities once loved quickly leads to depression and other emotional issues.
A catastrophic accident not only affects victims but also families. Having to spend thousands of unexpected dollars over a lifetime takes its toll, making it important to remember that victims have the right to seek compensation.