If you’ve been injured in a car accident, then you know the damage it can cause. Sure, property damage is always a reality of these collisions, but that pales in comparison the harm caused to you and other unsuspecting motorists. In far too many of these accidents, victims are left with catastrophic injuries that are painful, long-lasting, and devastating to the life they once knew.
They can be extraordinarily costly, too. Take spinal cord injuries for example. Here, even the most minor spinal cord injury, which can still result in incomplete motor function, can cost well over $1 million in lifetime medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. Those with the most serious injuries can face lifetime medical expenses and rehabilitation costs that near $5 million. And victims can fall anywhere in between. The costs associated with other catastrophic injuries, like traumatic brain injury, can be just as costly, medically speaking, and these numbers don’t even account for other losses like lost wages and reduced earning capacity.
If that frightens you, you’re not alone. But you don’t have to be scared into inaction. In fact, the medical field is in a constant state of flux, with new technological and medication innovations occurring on what almost seems like a daily basis. One recent technological development may help paralyzed individuals reclaim the use of their limbs. With this technology, electrodes are implanted on the surface of the brain and, when the individual thinks about moving that limb, electrical impulses are sent to a prosthetic that then moves.
So far this technology only appears to have been utilized to allow an individual to open and close his hand, but the development is promising. After all, the whole process takes a fraction of a second to occur. There are challenges moving forward, of course, including how to make this technology affordable and how to make it small enough so that it is feasible for everyday use.
Therefore, while this technology may be extremely helpful, it isn’t widely available yet. But this shouldn’t discourage you. Instead, you should consider taking these steps to ease your transition to your new life:
- Surround yourself with those who love and support you
- Don’t isolate yourself
- Don’t be ashamed to ask for help when needed
- Be open to new possibilities, such as medical treatments and technologies
- Be patient with yourself as you learn the realities of your new life
- Focus on the things that make you happy
We recognize that following those steps is easier said than done, especially when you’re worried about how you’re going to make ends meet. Fortunately, though, you might be able to recover compensation for your damages if your injuries were caused by the negligence of another. To successfully do so, you need a firm understanding of the law and how it applies to your situation. You also shouldn’t be afraid to take a case to trial if that’s what it takes to achieve the outcome you deserve.
At our firm we’re honest about our expectations for a case, and we never make more money than our clients do. We’re aggressive, and have shown that at both the negotiation and in the courtroom time and again. This is why Virginians, Marylanders, and Washington D.C. residents continue to turn to us for support in their time of need.