Car Accidents Can Lead to Future Health Issues and Medical Bills: Your Settlement Should Compensate You For This Ongoing Risk

How many times have you heard someone mention knee or back pain they experience years after an accident? The settlement money may last a couple years, but the injury could last a lifetime. In South Carolina, the at-fault driver's insurance carrier must compensate you not only for past medical expenses, but future medical needs as well. Likewise, you should receive compensation for the permanent effects the wreck may produce on your health. For example, knee injuries increase the risk of early arthritis. Back injuries at a young age make us more vulnerable to degenerative discs as we get older.

You may be thinking, "I already knew this, but how do I prove it?" That's my job. I work with physicians, physiatrists (injury rehab specialists), therapists, and life care planners to determine what future medical care you may need and how much it will cost. We then utilize these expert medical opinions to maximize the value of your case. Auto accident settlements are not intended to give you money for nothing, but rather to compensate you for every effect the other driver's negligence has upon your health, finances, and quality of life.

No one has the right to violate our laws, cause you harm, and make you more susceptible to future medical needs. You should not bear the weight of their negligence 20 years from now. The at-fault driver is fully and forever responsible for the harm they cause. That includes your current medical bills, as well as the pain you might experience down the road. My stepmother deals with back pain every day because of a car crash in the 1970s. Not only has she required surgery, she is also reminded of that wreck every time the pain shoots from her low back down her thigh.

I don't want anyone in South Carolina to face a lifetime of increased health risks, bills, and painful memories, yet go uncompensated for these harms. Your settlement must account for every consequence put in motion by the negligent driver. If you have questions about any aspect of your car accident case, unlike the insurance company, I am here to help. Call me today at 803-790-2800 for a free case evaluation and free copies of my books

Kenneth Berger
Columbia South Carolina attorney dedicated to securing justice by helping the truly injured