Even if you’re a skilled and defensive driver, there may come a time when you’ll be involved in a collision. It may be minor fender bender or something more serious.
What’s for certain is: car accidents cost money. The most common costs include vehicle repair, personal property repair or recovery, medical costs, wage loss, and non-economic damages.
The aftermath of a crash can be highly complex and frustrating. An experienced Columbus car accident attorney can investigate your crash and piece together an accurate claim. Here’s what to expect.
COSTS OF CURRENT AND FUTURE MEDICAL CARE
It’s always a good idea to see a doctor after you were involved in a collision. Go, even if it was a seemingly minor crash. Through a thorough medical evaluation, your doctor can identify and diagnose your injury. If you didn’t feel any pain immediately after a crash, you may have sustained whiplash, a mild traumatic brain injury, a hairline fracture, or a seemingly mild injury to the spine.
Mild injuries aren’t always mild, but rather, deceptive. Pain and discomfort can set in days after the crash and can disrupt your ability to work and engage in normal, everyday activities. Treatment for these types of injuries may include applying an ice pack to the affected area, obtaining prescription medication for pain and inflammation, receiving chiropractic care, and taking time to rest.
If your crash is severe, you may not have a choice but to see a doctor after being rushed to a hospital by an ambulance. Treatment for your injuries may include emergency surgery, reconstructive surgery, the use of medical devices, and months or years of physical therapy. If your crash caused mental or emotional trauma, you may need psychiatric therapy.
In some cases, medical treatment may be lifelong due to a disability, amputation, or paralysis.
WAGE LOSS AND JOB MODIFICATIONS
The golden rule of recovering from crash-related injuries is taking time off from work and other activities that may worsen your condition. Some crash victims may worry that they won’t be able to afford to make ends meet if they can’t collect a paycheck. If you have to take time off from work to recover from your injury, however, you may eligible for compensation to cover your lost income.
If you have become disabled due to your crash, you may be able to eventually return to work. Depending on your ability to perform your job duties, your position or career may need to change. This could potentially result in a lower earning capacity. Or it could result in the need to pursue additional training or education to acquire a new skill set.
THE COST OF HIRING AN ATTORNEY
Hiring an attorney to handle your car accident claim will cost you money. The good news is Mike Christensen Law Offices LLC will not ask for money upfront to handle your claim. That’s because we operate on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t owe us a dime unless we win your case.
Our law firm also offers free and confidential case evaluations to clients in the greater Columbus, Ohio area. Our legal team can help you recover all damages owed to you. This could include medical costs, wage loss, pain, suffering, and other damages accrued from your crash.