Following a car accident injury, you'll want to rely heavily upon a physician to understand the type of recovery that you'll make. Doctors don't own crystal balls, but a good doctor can often make an accurate assessment of your recovery based on the extent of your injury and how you're responding to treatment. It's important to share these findings with your personal injury attorney, as this information has a direct link to how your attorney will move forward with legal action. Here are some different types of recovery that you may be facing, and how they should affect your demands.
If the prognosis for a recovery is poor, your car accident attorney will need to take the most aggressive stance possible in your lawsuit. You may be looking at an inability to return to work in the foreseeable future, as well as a substantial amount of medical bills. Additionally, your quality of life may be significantly diminished. It's important for your demand letter to ask for a settlement that you feel will fairly compensate you for the future challenges that you'll have.
It's possible that you'll recover from your car accident injuries to some degree, but still face long-term challenges. One scenario that might be applicable in this case if that you won't be able to work in your present industry because of the accident. For example, if you were so seriously injured that you had a limb amputated, your ability to work in a physically demanding field is likely non-existent. In this case, you may need to go through training to allow you to work in a new career. It's reasonable for your settlement demand to factor in the cost of whatever training you may need, as this expense is one that you'll face as a direct result of your car accident.
If your physician deems that you'll make a full recovery from your car accident injury, this doesn't mean that you should drop the idea of pursuing legal action. A long-term full recovery doesn't suggest that you won't have some hurdles to face before you feel like your old self. For example, you still may have hefty bills from medical care and physical therapy. Additionally, your enjoyment of life will likely be diminished in some capacity while you work toward your recovery. By having an expert's assessment of your recovery prognosis, your auto accident lawyer can prepare your legal action accordingly.