If you or a loved one loses a limb in a car crash, it is crucial to understand the full effect this will have on your life. An amputation will change your life in ways you might not have considered, and that can have a financial cost that you should not have to bear yourself.
Understanding this now, before you file for compensation, will be crucial.
Here are some of the effects you should anticipate:
It will affect your mental and emotional health
Many people suffer from low self-esteem for years, feeling that people will look down on them because they are missing a body part.
This and other factors, such as the memory of the accident, can lead to anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and a host of other mental conditions.
Or that somehow they will be less capable at their job. While they might never regain full capabilities in certain aspects, that does not diminish their ability
It will keep you off work for a long time
You will spend time in the hospital immediately after the accident and may have to return for rehabilitation or to deal with the additional medical problems that amputation could cause or leave you more susceptible to.
You may require long-term assistance
However determined and independent you are, you will need help, at least for a time. This could help to get around, to bathe or even just help to carry shopping into the house. Many amputees require paid assistance for life, even if it is just occasional.
Do not deal with the insurer alone. They will try to avoid paying you the full amount you deserve. With legal help, you increase the chance your injury compensation covers everything it should.