Ask someone who has been compensated for serious injuries they've sustained at work or in a car accident and you will almost always find that, if they could, they would gladly trade the money to be free of the injuries, the pain, the surgeries and the rehabilitation.
A Malone, Wisconsin man who was recently awarded $1.2 million for personal injuries he sustained in the North Fond du Lac railroad yard where he worked said of the money, "it's not worth it."
It will help to pay his medical bills and compensate him for his financial losses over the five years since his accident, but it won't give him back his health. It won't erase the surgeries or the pain. It won't give him back five years of being unable to play as he would have liked with his young son.
In June of 2005, the man was working in the rail yard when a car thief stole a worker's vehicle and began driving around the yard at a high speed.
The thief drove the Jeep directly at the man, who dove out of the way, tearing ligaments in his knee and hurting his back.
He has since had five separate surgeries on his back. The most recent operation was, the man told Fond du Lac Reporter, the most intense, leaving him in continuing pain.
"[It has been] five years of hell," the man said. "I lost everything I worked for. Financially, I am done. It's been miserable."
He hasn't been able to enjoy father-son activities as he would have liked either; a topic that is understandably "very emotional" for him.
It's the kind of story everyone who imagines injury victims are "lucky" or "rich" should think about carefully.
Resource: Fond du Lac Reporter: "Area man wins $1.2 million suit against railroad": February 15, 2011