How Long Is a Long-Term Care Plan After an Accident?

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Unfortunately, a long-term care plan is likely necessary to fully recover from the bodily injuries you incurred in your personal injury accident. Read on to discover how long your long-term care plan might last and how a seasoned Leonardtown personal injury lawyer at The Dorsey Law Firm can work to ensure you petition for financial compensation on time.

How long might my long-term care plan last after my personal injury accident?

In the aftermath of your personal injury accident, you may receive medical treatment straight away. That is, emergency medical technicians may promptly arrive at the scene of your accident and conduct an initial medical evaluation and treatment on you. Soon after, paramedics may escort you onto the ambulance and transport you to the emergency room. From here, emergency room staff may run different laboratory tests on you, administer pain-relieving medications to you, and more.

However, it is rather rare that this will be the last time you receive medical treatment for your incurred bodily injuries. At the very least, you may have to attend follow-up appointments with your primary care physician. But in a worst-case scenario, if your injuries are quite severe, you may have, on average, six months to one year’s worth of a comprehensive treatment plan ahead of you. This year-long care plan may consist of multiple surgeries, several prescription medications, countless amounts of physical therapy sessions, and much more.

How long might I have to recover financial compensation for my treatment plan?

If you are prescribed a year-long care plan, this essentially means that you are financially committed to a year’s worth of hefty medical bills. This is not to mention that you may not even be receiving income during this time, as your treatment may also require you to take a significant amount of time off from work.

You may assume it makes the most sense to wait until you have completed your treatment plan to file your personal injury claim. This may be so that you can petition for an accurate amount of financial compensation. However, you must remember the standing statute of limitations. In the state of Maryland, this imposed deadline is three years from the date on which your accident occurred. This is all to say that your thought process may not apply if your road to recovery is looking to last well over three years.

With that considered, a common rule of thumb is that the sooner you file your claim, the better. If you are worried about undershooting the cost of your future medical expenses, you may hire an economic expert to calculate this on your behalf. Also, you must understand that our team at The Dorsey Law Firm has experience in handling cases just like yours. So please do not be afraid to reach out to a competent Leonardtown personal injury lawyer.