The Painful Ways A Personal Injury Can Lead To Debt

The Painful Ways A Personal Injury Can Lead To Debt

Many people think that personal injuries are more of a physical problem than anything else. If you’ve ever been injured, then you’ll know it can be painful, and often result in a long recovery time before you’re back to your best. It’s a big bother and can be very mentally draining too.

However, what you might not know is that a personal injury can also be very draining on your personal finances. In fact, it can be so draining that it leads to debt. It’s true, and the worse an injury is, the more damaging it is to your debt situation.

What I want to do today, is talk about personal injuries and debt in more detail. Specifically, I want to discuss the ways an injury can lead to debt and some little words of wisdom on how you can avoid this and stay debt free. To find out all of this information, carry on reading the article below:

Large Medical Expenses

The obvious thing to point out about a personal injury is that it will require you to get medical treatment. Now, depending on the severity of your injury, your treatment can be very expensive. For example, let’s say you get into an accident and are rushed to a hospital. You’ll need scans, assessments, treatments, and recovery time. All of this has to be paid for, not to mention any additional rehab you have to go through with a physical therapist, etc.

A physical therapy alone can get very expensive. So, the costs rack up, and you are forced to pay for them using money you might not have. As a result, you get a loan and end up in lots of debt. My advice for avoiding this is to go down the legal route. You can take legal action following a personal injury to claim compensation. The money you get can go towards these bills meaning you don’t need a loan and will avoid debt.

Lack Of Income

The second way a personal injury leads to debt is by causing a lack of income. When you’re hurt, you may be put out of work for a considerable time and be without a regular income for a portion of your time off. Of course, there are benefits in place to help out injured people when they’re off work. But, the fact is, you won’t earn as much and might be unable to pay all your bills, which puts in debt, fast.

To solve this, you can do a couple of things. Spend less, and you’ll save more and avoid going further into debt. Secondly, look for work opportunities you can do at home to boost your income a little bit.

Don’t let a personal injury cause you more pain than it should. Be wary of the problems facing your finances, and do all you can to avoid falling into a debt trap.

Anum Yoon

Anum Yoon is the founder and editor of Current on Currency. She loves all things personal finance, which is why you'll find her work all over the PF blogosphere. Catch her updates on Twitter @anumyoon!

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