For some people, a minor injury that results from an accident due to another person’s negligence can be stressful. However, a permanent or disabling injury can seriously affect the life of the victim. If you suffered from this injury because of the party’s negligent actions, you may be able to see monetary compensation from it through a personal injury claim. A good attorney can help you know what you should do after sustaining this injury and the legal actions to take.
What are Permanent Injuries?
A permanent injury lasts for your life. Regardless of the treatment you take, you will suffer from this injury forever. The symptoms of your injury depend on its kind and seriousness. Examples of permanent injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, loss of limbs, disfigurement, and serious burns. Other kinds of permanent injuries that surface as severe problems at first include soft tissue injuries like bulged or herniated discs.
How to Prove a Permanent Injury
A permanent injury can make you eligible for compensation that covers both your current and future medical expenses and lost earning capacity. If your injury impacts your ability to go to work, the insurer may require you to provide more evidence that proves you have a permanent injury and that you deserve to be compensated for future damages. To prove a permanent injury, you can use your medical records and your treating doctors’ testimony that demonstrates the seriousness and extent of your injury.
What If You Have a Pre-Existing Injury?
If your medical records who a pre-existing injury that increases your susceptibility to a permanent injury, the insurer will do everything to deny you claim. But under the law, you can still recover compensation for new injuries even if you have a previous condition or if your old injury has been aggravated because of the current accident. Because insurers will give you a good fight, you must prepare more evidence that proves your injury’s permanency.
Kinds of Compensation You Can Recover for a Permanent Injury
Generally, any person who sustains damages due to the negligence of another party can pursue a compensation claim. This compensation covers their past medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost income. Those who sustain a permanent injury can seek future damages such as in-home care, assisted living facilities, physical therapy, additional surgeries, mental health counseling, lost earning capacity, loss of consortium, and future pain and suffering.