Catastrophic injuries have impossible to ignore consequences, but there will come a time when it is necessary to look at what you have and what you need.

An accident – whatever the circumstances – that causes a significant injury is almost always over quickly. The immediate aftermath might take longer as emergency medical procedures have no timetable. And then, once you or your loved one are stable, its time to look ahead and then it makes sense to ask yourself:

What is my outlook like?

A catastrophic injury is one that will be difficult to make any kind of recovery. Permanent injuries, long-term treatments can be expensive. Knowing that you’ll make a full recovery eventually is great, but it may take a long time. It may also be possible that you never make a full recovery. This is when you can take a realistic view of your position.

Is this something I can do alone?

People value their self-reliance. They value being able to provide for themselves and their family. A bad injury throws that independence into question. It might not be possible to “do it yourself” anymore.

How long will I need help?

If you need extra help, this need may only be temporary. If it’s temporary, then by knowing the extent of your injuries, you can find out how long you’ll need the help.

Where can I get help?

Resources for recovery are readily available. Hospitals and other medical treatment facilities will have some information. Often an attorney with experience in personal injury claims can provide you with more resources.

However, the real goal of asking yourself these questions isn’t finding out where your help is coming from and how long you’ll need it. It’s a cost analysis. Your injury will cost money. It’s a hard fact you cannot ignore. When you know how much it costs, you’ll know how much you need and your attorney can help you pursue that compensation aggressively.