More than 10 percent of medical benefit costs for workplace injuries that occur this year can span for more than two decades, according to a report from the National Council on Compensation Insurance.

“A serious workplace injury can have a serious financial impact on an injured person for decades,” says Shehzad Ahmad, lead attorney for California Law Associates. “Too often, too many people only think about the short-term costs associated with a workplace injury – emergency medical care, short-term physical therapy. What they don’t realize is certain: Serious workplace injuries can change someone’s life forever in an instant. They might require medical care for the rest of their lives, and people need to keep that in mind when dealing with the injured person’s employer and insurance company.”

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