Getting into a motor vehicle collision at high speeds can be devastating for any anyone. But for a motorcycle rider, the resulting injuries can be far more severe than for the driver of a heavy vehicle. Injuries resulting in amputation are especially common for motorcycle riders.
The physical damage and disability that comes from amputation is often accompanied by other psychological damages. Individuals who have an amputation as the result of an accident have a much higher likelihood of suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than those who have an amputation due to a chronic disease.
With the serious, life-long damages that an amputation can cause, it’s especially important to seek legal representation for your case.
The value of a lawyer for serious injuries
After an accident, it may seem tempting to take an easy settlement from the insurance company. But by going this route, the amount of damages you'll be able to claim will be far more limited. The insurer will usually cover the basic damages to your motorcycle and the bills for your immediate medical care.
A lawyer, on the other hand, can fight to get you compensation for broader damages—now and in the future. This results in a significantly higher settlement for you. Such damages can include:
- Emotional damages
- Lost income while you were unable to work
- Effects on your quality of life
- Medical costs now and in the future
What if I can’t afford a lawyer?
All personal injury lawyers work on a contingent fee basis. This means that they only get paid if they win your case—by taking a percentage of your settlement. For serious, life-changing injuries, the added compensation a lawyer can obtain for you makes hiring one an easy decision.
If you suffer a serious injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be angry and overwhelmed. A personal injury attorney can fight to obtain a fair settlement for you—and allow you to focus on healing.