Car accident victims get a bad rap when they bring a claim forward for compensation. People on the outside might say the victim is “faking it” or “looking for a payout,” when in reality, none of this is true. People involved in car crashes often have dramatically changed lives and nothing is the same ever again. They may have even lost a loved one. Here are several ways car accidents change lives and why compensation is often a shadow of justice.
Total and Permanent Disability
Car accident victims who have suffered from spinal cord injuries may have total and permanent disability. Depending on where on the spinal cord the injury was located, the victim may not be able to move his or her legs or arms. Brain injuries can also result in total disability, changing cognitive functions to the point where a victim may not even be able to complete daily tasks and may require constant care.
Being Unable to Work
Often, car accident victims that have been seriously injured are unable to work for a significant period of time after the accident and in severe cases, they may never be able to work again. Losing income is difficult, but losing one’s ability to be autonomous and provide for him or herself or the family can be an emotional blow that never really goes away.
The Loss of a Loved One
Losing a loved one in a car accident is perhaps the most significant and devastating way that life can change after a crash. Losing a child, a spouse, a mother, a sibling, or another relative can change life in multiple ways, from robbing the survivors of companionship to eliminating a source of income from the household.
In many car accidents, disfigurement is a real issue. This is particularly true if the victim suffered burns in the crash. Facial and bodily scarring can be both physically and emotionally painful.
Financial compensation is the only way the legal system knows how to make restitution for the damages a car accident victim has suffered. However, in cases like the above, money does very little to rectify the situation and certainly won’t change anything. Money can’t reverse a disability or bring a loved one back. On the other hand though, compensation can help victims cover medical expenses and get the treatment they need.
If you have been involved in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to justice and compensation. Call today for a consultation at (678) 319-9991.