From the moment of the accident until the day of full recovery are sometimes years apart. Your doctor may spend days, weeks, months trying to preserve the limb. You may have undergone several surgeries just to find out that your limb must be amputated.
After the surgery to remove the badly damaged limb you must be hospitalized until they are positive the chance of infection has passed. You’ll spend days watching tv- watching the people you love go about their life. All you may want right now is to return to the morning of the ride and make one little change. One little change that will prevent you from having a severed limb after a bike accident.
If you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit you will have to share the story of economic and non-economic loss.
Economic loss is calculated by adding together medical bills, bills from specialists, medication, lost wages and loss of potential wages if the injury has disabled you from working again.
Non-economic loss is about trying to calculate the loss in quality of life. It’s hard to put a price on losing a leg. You can’t put a price on not being able to pick up your child.
Together with your lawyer you will work to figure out how much a prosthetic limb may cost, how much a home health aide may cost, and how much you are likely to spend the rest of your life to get back the quality of life that you had prior to your injury.