Both longer-term disability lawyers and other personal injury lawyers in Waterloo are familiar with the negative effects of prolonged immobilization in the aftermath of a serious injury. They also know that sometimes, it is actually that period of immobilization that leads to long-term and chronic problems down the line. Because of this, an experienced lawyer will know how to adjust and build up your claim so it doesn’t just account for the injury itself, but also the prolonged immobility and its effects during recovery.
Understand Why Immobilization Can Lead To Complications
While immobilization is oftentimes necessary in order for muscles, tendons, and/or bones to heal, it can also lead to a multitude of other problems, which include, but are not limited to, the following:
• muscle atrophy, permanent alterations to the structure of nerves and muscle, and a decrease bone density – all of which negatively impacts balance and coordination, leading to an increased risk of further injury
• decrease in range of motion, lack of blood circulation in the affected area of the body, and loss of flexibility in the damaged muscles – all of which can become chronic problems
• chronic pain and stiffness, leading to permanent changes in posture
• flare ups of pre-existing conditions, such as arthritis
Aftermath of Prolonged Immobilization Impacts Compensation
Since a personal injury claims means to compensate for all accident related injuries, complications throughout the recovery process also need to be factored in. Clearly, this includes the side-effects of prolonged immobility. In order to include this in your claim, however, you will need to be capable of providing medical evidence of your condition, and how it was worsened by the prolonged immobilization. Additionally, the chronic symptoms will also need to be proven to have stemmed from the immobilization itself, or that the immobilization has worsened a pre-existing condition. There are plenty of regulations that allow the insurance cover to hold good in case, the accident led to the partial or long term disability
With an experienced lawyer on your side, gathering this evidence should be no problem. They will also be capable of helping you should your claim for coverage be denied by your insurance company, or should your insurance company refuse to compensate you fairly due to wrongful accusations. Such accusations are oftentimes made in regards to chronic problems caused by immobilization. Insurers like to argue that the lack of mobility was the plaintiff’s fault, regardless of it being a necessary step to recovery. Due to the ambiguity about the claim process, letting your lawyer handle the complexities is suitable and helps to maximize the claim amount.