The sad truth of the matter is that in a “scuffle” between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle, the pedestrian is most likely to lose and serious injuries are most often the result. In many cases of pedestrian accidents in the San Fernando Valley, the incident leaves the pedestrian with a fractured bones, head trauma, and ongoing emotional trauma resulting from the terror of being hit by a car or truck.
In some lucky instances, a pedestrian is left rather unscathed. Perhaps a few visits to a doctor and physical therapy or counseling are all the individual needs. In other cases, especially when alcohol, texting and driving, or other forms of distracted driving are involved, a broken back or neck can be the outcome for the innocent pedestrian. In cases like these, where an injury can or does lead to paralysis, “Life Care Planning” is required. Pedestrian accidents are no joke, and happen with more regularity than you may believe. If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, it would be wise to retain the experience and knowledge of a skilled personal injury attorney who has had success recovering money in other cases involving pedestrian injuries.
What is Life Care Planning?
The cost of future health care is often the largest component of financial damages in personal injury cases. Putting a number on these damages for a jury requires a life care plan — a detailed analysis of the type, quantity, timing and cost of the injured party’s current and future care needs.
In other words, Life Care Planning establishes the costs required now and in the future to cover medical expenses, modifications to the individual’s home and mode of transportation, etc… These are costs that you may not consider immediately after an serious injury, but paralysis is a life-changing event that can cost innocent victims hundreds of thousands of dollars. With the help of an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer, you may be able to obtain financial compensation from the defendant that pays for these costs.
Additionally, if your loved one suffered a head trauma after being injured in a pedestrian accident, there are many long-term consequences to consider. Many victims of head injuries experience personality changes, the inability to sequence simple tasks, lack of focus over a period of time, and in severe cases, loss of motor control.
For more information on how to proceed after you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in the San Fernando Valley, contact personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg.