Being involved in an accident that resulted in a personal injury can have a lot of different impacts on your life, depending on where the injury has occurred. If you have injured your arm, then many aspects of your daily routine may change. If you are moving forward with a personal injury case, then there are multiple financial impacts to consider with your arm injury. Specifically, this can include your daily diet and the way you prepare meals. When consulting with a personal injury attorney, it's important to take into account the following four dietary financial impacts that an arm injury may have. It can result in a larger settlement and compensation for your out-of-pocket costs.
Dealing with a broken arm can make it hard to lift items or carry things like grocery bags. Even if you are using a cart in the store, it can be extremely challenging to load your car or bring the items into your home. If this is the case, then you may need to hire grocery services that deliver the items directly to your home. By ordering online, you do not need to put any wear or strain on your injured arm. When using delivery services like these, you may end up paying more for delivery charges or groceries as a whole. If this is the case, then the difference in the prices can be a part of your settlement case. A lawyer can help present your case and showcase the extra money you have spent to have the groceries delivered to your home.
The way you prepare foods and cook meals may dramatically change due to an arm injury. As you attempt to cook meals, you may have to purchase adaptive cooking equipment. This equipment is only needed because you were injured, so the costs should be included as part of the injury case. Different examples of adaptive equipment includes easy jar openers, special cooking grips, and knives or cooking utensils that can only be used with one hand. If you've purchased this equipment already, then the receipts can be used to help calculate your total expenses. A lawyer can also seek estimates on future pieces of equipment that may be needed for your meal preparation.
Even with adaptive equipment, cooking meals can be too challenging or draining on your body. If this is the case, then you may be forced to order out and eat prepared meals more often. Eating out costs more than purchasing groceries, resulting in additional expenses because of your injury. To help receive compensation for some of these costs, an attorney can compare your monthly grocery bills and the times you went out to eat. Those extra times dining out can be calculated and used to help with your settlement case. It may not seem like a lot, but adding up multiple meals over a few months can lead to hundreds of dollars in extra spending.
Quality of Life
The arm injury can create a chain reaction of financial impacts and your quality of life as a whole. For example, your dietary changes may cause you to lose or gain weight. If this is the case, you may seek physical therapy or personal training to help you get back to your normal weight. Instead of paying out-of-pocket costs for these services, an attorney can get you compensation for the costs it took to get back to your normal quality of life. If you are not quite back to your original weight or shape, then a lawyer may also include future costs that it will take to get there. Staying healthy through your injury is important, and these costs are often included right along with medical bills.
Keeping up with your diet requires a little extra effort while you're injured. Instead of worrying about the costs it takes, a lawyer can help you with your case as you try to remain healthy and stick to your usual diet. For more information and advice, talk to a lawyer at a law firm like Whiting, Hagg, Hagg, Dorsey & Hagg.