After you suffer a personal injury, there are many things that change. You, yourself — the type of person you’ve always considered yourself to be — might change, your outlook may now differ and you might have new goals. Your family may treat you differently, or you may be unable to return to work.
There are dozens of ways your life changes after an injury, but here are three to consider before you accept a settlement from the party who caused your injury.
1. You may no longer be able to work a full-time job
The point of a personal injury claim isn’t just to obtain compensation for the pain and suffering you’ve been though. It’s also to obtain compensation for lost wages, now and in the future. It’s important to estimate how much you would have earned in your job during your lifetime if you hadn’t been injured, so you can know how much you should receive as that portion of a settlement.
2. Your family may be strained
When an injury takes its toll, your family may become stressed by it. That’s completely natural. It takes time to get used to changes that affect your life and the lives of those around you. For example, if you used to coach your son’s baseball team but now can’t walk to the field, you may have to step down. It may take some adjusting to get through that. Another example would be if you need around-the-clock help and have no nursing service. Your spouse may try to help, but it can become challenging some days.
3. You may have new goals or priorities
After a serious injury, it’s fair to say that your goals and priorities may change. This may come across as a change in your personality, and it might take time for some people to adjust to it. Remember, a change in your priorities or goals doesn’t mean you’re changing who you are, just the way you approach life.
Whether you have suffered an injury to your brain or have a disability due to a spinal injury, you will face changes in your life. Take time to adjust, and soon you will be able to continue living your life to the fullest.