Costs and Losses Associated with Back and Neck Pain
Have you been injured in a serious car accident? Back and neck pain stemming from car accidents are actually a very common thing, happening to thousands and thousands of Americans every year. However, you may not know how serious the pain can really be and the costs that come with these injuries. Now you can find out more about the costs and losses that you may have to deal with over time due to the injury.
Many people think that injuries are standard when injured in a car accident. If you’re new to the game, you may consider that medical costs are the only thing you will have to worry about. And that, when all is said and done, you will be back up on your feet and moving in the right direction once again. However, there are many long-term consequences you must be aware of that you weren’t before. Many people injured in the neck and back areas will sustain very complex and serious injuries that include financial loss, diminished productivity, and emotional injuries. Long-term losses are very common to look at for what just so happen to be very common car accident injuries.
Many people who have sustained neck and back injuries will be looking at financial damages for time to come. For instance, you may think that the injuries will go as far as medical care and hospitalization. However, you may also require ongoing physical therapy and rehabilitation. Treatments for back pain (such as traction therapy) may be extensive and not covered by your insurance. For this, many things will be out-of-pocket. This means that, if somebody’s negligence has caused your injuries, they will be held liable through court to pay these damages and for your medical care. Here are some more damages you may expect:
- Lost Productivity at Home: If you have sustained back or neck injuries that restrict your mobility and movement, you may have difficulty doing everyday things around the house. This may make it much more difficult to help your spouse, which can be especially rough when there are children involved. If you are not able to do the activities you once did before the accident, then you may be eligible for compensation.
- Lower Quality of Life: Somebody who has suffered a neck or back injury may not be able to exercise, hike, play sports, or any other activity. This can reduce the quality of a person’s life.
- Emotional Trauma/Depression: It is reported that those who feel physical pain may also suffer from depression. Not being able to deal with constant pain and reduced mobility can make someone susceptible to mood swings.
So, what is a long-term disability actually worth? If you have chronic pain due to a back or neck injury, there may be ongoing and open-ended costs involved. This is why settlements for these types of injuries are not as easy to calculate. Insurance companies will work with you as the injured individual to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. Putting a number to the value of the suffering may be difficult but it is not impossible.
Yes, you may find that quantifying the emotional toll of long-term disability may not be an easy task. However, you can make the process a bit easier by having experienced legal representation on your side throughout the tedious process. Call Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi today if you have sustained a personal injury in a car accident. Neck and back pain is serious and we are willing to work with you.