More so than any other type of vehicle accident, motorcyclists are the most likely to have permanent disability from their injuries. Motorcyclists are the least protected of all the drivers on the road. In fact, about 88,000 bikers are seriously injured every year in motorcycle accidents, with another almost 5,000 per year in fatalities.
When your motorcycle accident leaves you permanently disabled, you need to look to your future. While it can be difficult to think past the day to day, especially if your disability makes it difficult to perform everyday tasks, it is important to consider how the accident is going to affect you going forward.
Loss of Wages or Career
When a motorcycle accident results in permanent disability, it can often mean that you are unable to continue in your current job. You may be unable to remain in the career you have because you are physically unable to do the job. This can result in loss of wages while you are looking for a new job, or loss of career entirely if you are unable to perform any job says motorcycle lawyer Joseph Bartek. This can have a devastating effect on your finances.
Even if you are able to perform some work with you disability but cannot remain in your career due to your disability you could be entitled to receive compensation to retrain in a new job that pays the same wages you were receiving prior to the accident. This would include the cost of retraining or schooling as well as receiving your original wages until you complete your retraining.
Luckily, the law provides for you in this instance. In these cases, you can typically get compensation for your disability and loss of income. If your motorcycle accident was caused by the negligence of someone else, compensation for this financial loss can be forthcoming. You do have to be prepared to fight for your right to compensation, and you will need to have an attorney on your side fighting for you.
Loss of Care
If you are the primary caregiver of a child, disabled minor or adult, or elderly individual, and you are no longer able to provide their care due to your disability from the motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to additional compensation. You may be able to receive compensation for the costs of hiring care for those individuals who you are no longer able to care for yourself.
When you find yourself permanently disabled from a motorcycle accident that was the fault of someone else, the financial impact is widespread. It is important to hire a personal injury attorney who understands the relevant law and can stand up to fight for you. Contact us today for more information or a consultation.