People sustain injuries every day in car accidents, truck accidents, defective product accidents and much more. In the best of cases, the injuries are minor, resolve quickly and have tiny, short-term effects. In the worst of cases, an injury may result in death.
However, many injuries find themselves in a sort of middle ground between both extremes. Sometimes, part of being in this middle ground means living in limbo and with uncertainty. In order to seek fair compensation for your injuries, you must seek out people who can project current and possible impacts of the injury on your life.
Knowing probable outcomes of an injury begins with you. If you attempt to muddle through, say, whiplash from a car wreck, downplaying pain to your family members and doctor, you may not receive all of the treatment you need because your doctor does not have all of the necessary information, and the whiplash could worsen.
Medical professionals are an important part of determining what may happen with an injury next week, next year, five years later and 40 years later. For example, might the relatively minor back pain you are experiencing now become much worse in a year? If it could, a doctor will tell you and strategize ways to minimize its impact on your life.
An attorney is the third piece of the puzzle. Lawyers know that the effect of an injury goes way past how it plays a role in your physical health. They can pursue claims for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and much more. In fact, it is likely that there are at least a few ways an injury affects your life that you or your doctor would not think of but a lawyer would. Lawyers also help ensure that you meet filing deadlines. For example, you must generally file personal injury claims in Mississippi no more than three years after an accident.