Personal Injury Damages for Rehabilitation: What You Should Know By William Chanfrau, Jr. on June 08, 2023

Person in a wheelchairThe team here at Chanfrau & Chanfrau always fights to ensure clients receive a fair settlement or maximum damages if their case goes to trial. Legal damages won’t just cover damaged property or medical bills from the initial injury. Long-term care such as physical therapy may also play a part in legal compensation.

Let’s look at how personal injury lawsuits address the cost of physical rehabilitation. You can get answers to all of your lawsuit questions when you set up an initial consultation with our personal injury attorneys in Daytona Beach and Palm Coast, FL.

Catastrophic Injuries Require Long-Term Medical Treatment

If you have suffered a severe injury to a limb, a joint, major muscles or muscle groups, or the spinal cord, it can take years of ongoing physical rehabilitation to recover fully. In some cases, you may not be able to fully recover, but you will still require physical therapy to remain healthy while living with a lifelong disability.

It’s for this reason that attorneys always consider the long-term effects of your injuries when determining what a fair settlement might look like or what ought to be sought should a case go all the way to a civil trial.

Do Compensatory Damages Cover Physical Therapy?

Yes.

Compensatory damages will cover all losses and hardships associated with the injury that was sustained. This includes ongoing challenges associated with the injury, such as physical rehabilitation and occupational therapy, as well as lost wages and earning capacity as a result of an injury.

How Do You Calculate the Cost of Long-Term Physical Rehabilitation?

Calculating the cost of long-term rehabilitation will require some consultation with an injury victim’s physician. Other medical professionals may also be contacted to offer their expertise and insight. From there, ongoing costs can be estimated and calculated.

Since an injury lawsuit can take time to resolve, it’s likely that a catastrophic injury victim will have undergone some form of physical therapy or rehabilitation as their case is in progress. Lawyers can also look at bills or invoices for these rehabilitation services and use those numbers to calculate the long-term cost of care.

Is Mental Health Counseling and Therapy Also Covered in Damages?

Yes, compensatory damages will also address any mental health services related to the trauma caused by your injury. These counseling services are part of the recovery process, particularly if the accident results in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, or depression.

The amount sought for mental health treatment can be tabulated much like physical rehabilitation services, using a combination of current therapy bills and the insight of trusted authorities in the mental health field.

How Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You

The attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau have helped countless injury victims at their law offices in Daytona Beach and Palm Coast. We will listen to you and ensure you understand the steps you need to take next.

While assisting you with your personal injury claim, we can help you identify various aspects of life affected by your injuries or lasting disability. We want to make sure you receive the best settlement possible and maximize the value of your claim should it go to a jury trial.

Discuss Your Injuries with Our Attorneys Today

If you have been seriously injured and want to learn more about your legal options, we encourage you to contact our law firm today. The team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau is here to help you.

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