Costs of Future Care On Damage
Those in the legal community use the term head of damages when referring to non-pecuniary damages. One of those “heads” is the cost of future care.
The projected future expenses for providing care to someone with a serious injury can be quite large.
Projections should consider the scope of needs in the future. Frequently, the nature of specific needs must be explained by an expert. A list of appropriate experts would probably include doctors, rehabilitation specialists and economists. The various needs addressed by those experts:
• Treatments for the injury
• Aids that supplement the treatment, such as physiotherapy
• Medications and medical equipment
• Assistance with personal care
Medical assistance: This can become necessary if medication must be given by means of a special medical device, such as an IV transfusion.
Counseling: Some recovering patients have trouble adjusting to the changes in their lifestyle. Sometimes, too, an injury keeps the affected party from pursuing a hobby or activity that he or she enjoyed in the past.
The costs of future care get added to the amount of money being awarded as compensation.
The court hears the explanations provided by experts. Their statements help to present the court with a justified claim. Personal Injury Lawyer in Richmond knows that the submitted reports could document how a patient’s body can change over time, when affected by a particular injury. Such reports might be used to demonstrate the reasonable nature of the submitted claim. The court expects all claims to be justified and reasonable.
Highlighting the reason that lawyers fight for a client’s compensation, one that includes the costs of future care:
The money awarded the client can be used to pay for those items that should allow the lawyer’s client to take part in the daily routine of life, without having to exercise a great deal of extra effort. For instance, money for assistance with personal care might be used to pay for a caregiver. Someone that has suffered a serious injury could need help with eating, each mealtime.
Help with eating represents a demand for care that becomes evident 3 times a day. Other tasks that would underscore the need for a caregiver could arise just once a day. For instance, someone with a serious injury might need help getting dressed in the morning. Then in the evening, the same individual would require assistance, when getting ready for bed.
Someone that has been asked to care for a quadriplegic or a paraplegic would need to do a lot of lifting throughout the day. That would introduce the need to pay the caregiver a substantial salary. In the absence of money provided by the costs of future care, a family might struggle to obtain the funds necessary, for paying a loved one’s caregiver.