Why people may underestimate future medical needs after a crash

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2024 | Auto Accidents |

Car accidents can be life-changing events. In Delaware, many people who suffer injuries in car accidents may not fully realize the extent of their future medical needs.

This underestimation can lead to significant challenges later.

The hidden costs of recovery

Immediately after a car accident, the primary focus is often on addressing immediate injuries. Broken bones, cuts and bruises are visible and need urgent care. However, some injuries may not show their full impact right away. Soft tissue injuries, concussions and internal damage can develop or worsen over time. These conditions may require ongoing medical attention, including physical therapy, medications and possibly even surgery.

Long-term implications

Chronic pain, reduced mobility and psychological effects such as anxiety or depression can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. It is not uncommon for accident victims to need continuous treatment, which can be costly. The initial medical evaluation may not capture the potential for these long-term issues.

Insurance companies and settlement offers

Insurance companies are well aware that many people do not fully understand the extent of their future medical needs after a car accident. They often use this knowledge to their advantage. Insurers may offer settlements quickly, hoping that individuals will accept the money without considering the long-term costs of their injuries. These settlement offers can appear generous at first glance but often do not cover the full spectrum of future medical expenses.

The risk of accepting low offers

If the initial settlement is insufficient to cover ongoing medical costs, individuals may have to pay out of pocket for treatments, medications and other related expenses. This financial strain can add to the physical and emotional stress of recovering from an accident.

It is important for those injured in car accidents to take the time to understand the full extent of their injuries and the potential future medical needs. By doing so, they can better protect themselves from financial hardship and focus on their recovery.