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Injured in an Accident? Take the Time Needed To Recover From Personal Injuries


Personal injuries generally occur as the result of another’s reckless actions. In car or pedestrian accidents, slips and falls, or even dog bites and injuries due to defective products, it is often reckless behavior on the part of someone else that caused your injuries to occur. In these situations, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim, but it is important to take the time you need to recover to help ensure you get what you are entitled to.

Personal Injury Costs and Insurers

When personal injuries occur, your costs can add up quickly, According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these types of costs total close to $700 billion each year in the United States and include:

  • Medical expenses, such as emergency room treatment, doctor visits, diagnostic testing, medications, and physical therapy;
  • Lost wages and benefits;
  • Property damages;
  • Additional expenses, such as having to hire someone to help with household duties.

In the immediate aftermath of your injury, you may want to try and reduce these costs by not getting the amount of medical care you need or by returning to work and daily activities too soon. Insurance companies know this, which is why they often offer an immediate settlement. Usually it is far less than what you are actually entitled to, but they are hoping your financial concerns will motivate you to accept. Unfortunately, once you do accept a settlement amount you will be forfeiting any future rights to compensation, even if your injuries result in future disabilities.

Recovering from Personal Injuries

When you are injured as the result of an accident or due to the reckless actions of another, it is important to wait until you have reached the maximum level of medical recovery before accepting any settlements. Your doctor will advise you on when you reach this point, which is when you have made the total amount of recovery you are likely to as the result of your injuries. Any lingering issues you have are likely to continue, requiring ongoing care and resulting in permanent disabilities.

According to Pain Science, rest is crucial in the aftermath of personal injuries. Whether you have suffered soft tissue injuries, broken bones, or injuries to the head, back, or neck, taking the appropriate amount of time to recuperate is crucial to making a complete recovery. While you may feel pressured to return to work or to household and family duties, doing so can delay healing and result in lasting complications.

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, we know the challenges people face in recovering from personal injuries. We can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable through a personal injury claim or lawsuit, while helping you get compensation in the quickest amount of time possible. Before taking actions which could jeopardize your claim or accepting any settlement amounts that are far less than what you deserve, call or contact our office online and request a consultation with our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney today.


The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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