Some accidents are so catastrophic that the injuries are so severe a full recovery is unlikely. Any time an accident results in severe brain damage, loss of limb, paralysis, or physical impairment so severe the victim is “never the same”, recovery to a pre-accident status is not possible. In these cases, special care must be taken to ensure the injured party is adequately compensated for the drastic change in their quality of life. This requires careful legal maneuvering in order to be sure the results are satisfactory and meet the needs of the victim.
Examples of the forms of recovery you are entitled to for a personal injury from which a full recovery is not likely include:
- Loss of quality of life, which also includes how your changed status affects your spouse. Evidence of activities you enjoyed prior to the accident and what you are able to do now is required to show that your quality of life has decreased.
- Compensation for future needs, such as in the event that you will need ongoing lifelong care or additional surgeries.
- Pain and suffering, which could include an award for the emotional trauma you are likely to experience from a debilitating and life changing injury.
- Repayment of the large and often overwhelming medical expenses associated with your treatment.
In some instances the facts may call for seeking an award of punitive damages. But, because each case is different it is best not to expect this type of damage in your case. The instances that call for an award of punitive damages are usually the most egregious of cases, where the behavior of the negligent driver rise above carelessness. The best way to find out what you can expect is to partner with a qualified personal injury attorney. We have experience helping hurt people seek a full and fair compensation, and can help you too. Call our office today to find out what to do next, and how you should proceed if you have been injured in such a way that a full recovery is out of the question.
If you have been in an accident, call our office to learn your options. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.