Getting in an accident has the potential to impact your life, your abilities, and your finances. And when an accident is severe, the likelihood of that impact significantly changing your life is even greater. Here’s a look at how a serious motorcycle accident changes your life, and why any changes to your life should be recorded.
Your Ability to Work
Depending on the injuries that you incur during your motorcycle accident, your ability to work may be impaired or even eliminated. This is especially true if you work in an industry where manual labor is essential; if you’re physically injured, it is unlikely you’ll be able to continue in this industry. If your injuries are permanent, you may be unable to return to work for the remainder of your life.
Even if you do not work in a hands-on field—injuries may be so severe, or psychological or/and cognitive damage may be severe enough—to keep you from returning to your job.
Healthcare in America is extremely expensive. If you weren’t wearing a helmet in your Bucks County motorcycle accident you may have traumatic brain injury, resulting in the following costs.
- Helicopter or/and ambulance fees
- Hospital stay
- The cost of surgery
- Long-term care
In fact, when injuries are severe, medical debt can total into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. And if you require long-term or even permanent care, you may be facing medical debt for the remainder of your life.
Modifications to a Home or Vehicle
Paralysis and partial paralysis, broken limbs, back injuries, loss of eyesight, and more can all affect a person’s ability to live life as they once did. And sometimes, these physical changes require modifications to a home or a car. For example, a person who has been handicapped by a motorcycle accident may now require the use of a wheelchair, requiring a ramp added in the home or special pedals in a car.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Even if you weren’t a person who thrived on physical activity, ranging from weight lifting to running to swimming, not being able to move as you once did can significantly impair your quality of life. If you are disabled, or if you have psychological or cognitive complications as a result of a motorcycle accident, you may lose the enjoyment of your life.
Living with a disability or with disfigurement can also be embarrassing and depressing, and cause the further psychological decline. To help you get back on track in terms of happiness, you may need to seek the help of a mental health professional.
Keeping a Thorough Record of Changes
Keeping a thorough record of any and all changes that you’ve experienced as a direct result of your accident is critical. From personal notes about your experience to medical bills, information about life changes is critical for proving damages and getting compensated.
In Pennsylvania, a person who’s injured in a motorcycle accident is often entitled to both economic and noneconomic damages.
- Compensation in full for medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Speak with an Attorney as Soon as Possible
Don’t wait too long after an accident to contact an attorney because the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of your accident. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our motorcycle accident attorneys will help you document all of your life changes, and attribute a numerical financial loss amount to those changes.
You don’t deserve to be in debt because of a motorcycle accident that was caused by another person’s negligence. To get the money that you need for medical treatment and improved quality of living, call Cordisco & Saile today at 215-642-2335.