Car accidents can bring pain and suffering to victims, create financial hardship, and disrupt life for a long time. Unfortunately, when the injuries are more severe, everything about the accident becomes more difficult. Chief among those difficulties is the quest for adequate compensation. Read on and learn why permanent injury cases need special attention.
Independent Medical Examinations Can Be Incorrect
Car accident victims who have serious injuries may be asked to participate in an independent medical exam (IME). The exam can determine whether or not the victim has reached a point in their healing process where future medical needs may be determined (known as maximum medical improvement). The IME may find that the individual needs more medical treatment. If so, future medical treatment expenses need to be added to the usual compensation victims can expect.
Unfortunately, the results of this type of exam may not be accurate. If you are not satisfied with the exam findings, you have a right to another exam with a doctor of your choosing. Speak to your personal injury lawyer to make that happen. Your future needs are too important to be set aside.
Damages Can Be Multiplied
Pain and suffering is how personal injury law addresses the stress on your mental health as a result of a careless driver. You can be paid for pain and suffering even when the injuries are not permanent. In most cases, pain and suffering payments are based on how much your medical treatment costs amount to. For permanent injuries, though, you can expect to be paid more than the cost of your medical bills. However, the only way to be paid for your pain and suffering is to seek legal action beyond what the insurer is willing to offer you.
Some Needs Can Get Expanded Coverage
Many accident victims with permanent disabilities need and deserve more financial assistance to cover associated items. For instance, you might not be able to drive again without special equipment for your vehicle. You may also need certain accommodations around your home like a ramp, lower cabinets, wider doorways, and more. Talk to a personal injury lawyer and have your future disability-related needs included in the settlement talks.
To find out more about any of the above issues, speak to a personal injury lawyer from a company like Carter & Fulton, P.S. They can help you figure out your situation so you can get compensation for your injuries.