Personal injuries result from a serious car accident, employment mishap, slip and fall, defective product, or other careless or reckless conduct. Personal injuries force the injured person, spouse, or dependents, to go through not only bodily pain, but emotional and financial hardship.

When injured, at the fault of another, deserved compensation, includes:

• medical care,
• loss of earnings,
• pain and suffering,
• emotional distress,
• psychological counseling.

The value of each case depends on the permanency of the injury, the medical treatment required, the time a person is kept from work in order to heal, and the extent of emotional trauma. For instance, life enjoyment after a spinal cord injury may be limited, with extraordinary medical. For example, a paraplegic that requires life-long treatment averages $425,000. Long-term care for spinal cord injury may include:

• Pain medicine
• Bladder and bowel medications
• Surgeries
• Physical therapies
• Home renovations (for wheelchair accessibility)
• Care providers

According to The Virginian-Pilot, when a university graduate suffered a spinal cord injury after being pushed by a friend into a pool at her bachelorette party, her body stiffened, she went numb, and heard a crack in her neck. The crack she heard was her C6 cervical vertebra fracturing when her head hit the bottom of the pool. Since the pool accident, she had no feeling below her collarbone and doctors said there was no chance she would walk again. The woman had her life changed forever due to a friendly push at a party into a pool only 3 1/2 feet deep. The woman luckily got a makeover of her house from the “Today” show to let her be more independent around the house.

Some accident victims like those who have head injuries, do not have a system of care. Without care, an accident victim with head injuries may get forced to Medicaid, placed in a nursing home, or incarcerated in jail or prison for behavioral problems.

To recover from an accident, the plaintiff needs to be aware s/he has the burden of proof in a personal injury case, even though another party may be at fault. When injured in an accident, a case has more value when the victim keeps records of expenses, doctor visits, decline in income, missed work, and bodily pain.

When involved in an accident, engage a prepared Florida personal injury attorney who does not surrender to being an underdog.