In the aftermath of a serious accident, the medical needs of victims should be the top priority. It will be essential for people to get to the doctor, secure a treatment plan and make sure care assistance is available.
After all that is figured out, however, injured parties and their families can start to feel the immense financial strain of the costs associated with serious injuries. Medical bills pile up, paychecks may stop coming and it can be all but impossible to handle these issues on top of the physical and emotional complications of an accident. However, as discussed in this Fox Business article, there are a few ways you can handle this situation if you or your loved one has been seriously injured in an accident.
If an injury was suffered on the job, workers’ compensation is available to eligible parties. This money can cover medical expenses and at least partially cover lost wages stemming from an employment-related injury.
If the accident occurred as a result of someone else’s negligence, a personal injury claim against that party may be appropriate. These claims can result in damages paid to victims by the party who was responsible for injuries. This might include a drunk driver, the manufacturer of a defective product or the owner of unsafe premises.
However, regardless of where an accident occurred or who may have caused it, victims of disabling injuries can still be eligible to pursue benefits through Social Security. If you and/or your family members meet certain criteria, you can apply to receive benefits set aside for disabled workers to help them cope with the financial fallout of a disabling injury or illness.
In order to explore these options after a serious accident, it can be crucial that you discuss your situation with an attorney. With legal support, you can pursue maximum compensation and the benefits that may be available.