Accidents can happen anywhere. As a resident of Tennessee, you can be injured after a vehicle accident, a fall or even due to someone else’s intentional actions. If your injuries are permanent, you should be able to recover certain types of damages.
What are permanent injury claims?
You can file a permanent injury claim if you have suffered a personal injury that has continuing effects on your everyday life. These injuries are often disabling and debilitating and, they can even change your life. You may be unable to continue enjoying things you once did or even perform daily tasks that most people take for granted. Common permanent injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Car accidents, bad falls, medical malpractice and on-the-job injuries can result in TBIs. These injuries can significantly impact your everyday life and can cause brain damage.
- Spinal cord injuries. These injuries can cause paralysis that’s sometimes permanent. A person can lose function of his or her lower limbs or experience paralysis from the neck down.
- Burns. Severe burns can cause damage to the skin and even the lungs. People with these injuries often need multiple, painful reconstructive surgeries.
- Internal injuries. Trauma can lead to internal injuries and dysfunction of the reproductive organs, bodily functions and more.
- Amputations. Some accidents are so serious that a person can lose a limb. Amputations may be needed when a body part has been crushed and damaged beyond repair.
- Sensory loss. This injury can occur as a result of exposure to toxins, medical errors or trauma. A person can be left blind, hearing impaired, or unable to smell or taste.
- Disfigurement. Serious accidents can result in burns, cuts, scarring and other forms of disfigurement and significantly affect a person’s everyday life.
- Toxic exposure. When a person is repeatedly exposed to dangerous toxic substances, he or she can suffer permanent injuries or illnesses, such as mesothelioma.
Damages recoverable with permanent injury claims
A personal injury that is permanent means that the victim will never be the same. As a result, damages beyond the standard personal injury case can be recovered. The amount of compensation a victim receives is influenced by:
- Disability level. If a person requires ongoing medical care, treatment and equipment, he or she will need significant compensation for life.
- Loss of future wages. Individuals with permanent injuries often cannot work any longer, which means they will not be able to support themselves. When determining compensation, the number of years the person would have continued working otherwise and how much he or she would have earned is considered.
- Visible disfigurement. If a person is obviously disfigured, it can cause significant stress and depression. Emotional distress is factored in as damage that can be recovered.
- Age. The person’s age is considered, especially when the victim is younger. This is largely due to the years of care he or she will need.
- Pain and suffering. This type of damages can be awarded when negligence was involved in the injury.
Permanent injuries can impact your life forever. These damages are meant to help ease some of the burden and help with continuous medical care costs.