Serious Injuries: What Are They and What to Do Next?
The term “serious injury” has a few different legal definitions, but those are contextual. There is a federal definition of serious injury, which is quite broad and covers many types of injuries. Criminal law has a much narrower definition, likely because the severity of an injury is linked to the severity of punishment for causing it.
In the Carolinas, there is no official definition of “serious injury” in the context of personal injury law. It’s taken on a case-by-case basis, which means building your personal injury case, in part, hinges on how seriously you can prove you were affected by it.
As an overly-simple example, a sprained ankle probably isn’t a serious injury for someone who sits at a desk all day. However, if your job requires you to be on your feet all day, that injury significantly affects your life and your ability to earn a living.
On the other end of the spectrum, some injuries are serious regardless of context.
What Are Some Types of Serious Injuries?
A serious injury can arise from many circumstances. Some are the result of car accidents, such as whiplash, or motorcycle accidents, like biker’s arm or road rash. Workplace injuries can take many forms, and in general, the negligence of others can put you at great risk of a life-changing injury. Some common serious injuries include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Other Head Injuries – Any injury that impairs the function of the brain. You can suffer significant disability from head injuries, whether they are open or closed.
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) – An injury to back or neck that results in pain, and often in reduced function and/or permanent impairment.
- Burn Injuries – More common than most expect, often debilitating and painful, and can lead to permanent disfigurement.
- Broken Bones – One of the more common serious injuries, bone fractures take time to heal, usually require a cast or some form of immobilization, and can affect your ability to function for long periods of time.
- Loss of Digits or Limbs – Loss of fingers and toes can seriously affect daily life, and the loss of a limb is often disabling and traumatizing, whether the result of an accident or medically necessary as the result of an accident.
- Organ Damage – Internal organs can be injured in the force of a crash or fall, or through the use of unsafe medications or medical devices.
- Eye Injuries – Whether due to objects of chemicals in the eye or eyes, these can be some of the most frightening injuries to suffer.
- Nerve Damage – Damage to the nervous system can cause constant pain, numbness, and discomfort, can be temporary or permanent, and can seriously harm your ability to function.
What Kind of Compensation Could I Seek for My Serious Injury
If your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, you can seek compensation for some or all of the following:
- Loss of future earning and business opportunities
- Loss of consortium (harm to your marriage)
- Emotional suffering
- Pain and suffering
- Inability to enjoy life
- Punitive damages (which are meant to punish the negligent party or parties)
Trust Your Serious Injury Case to Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers
If your or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to someone else’s negligence, call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 or contact us online for a free case evaluation right away. Our clients benefit from our thorough investigation processes, knowledge of the law and how the insurance industry works, and our team’s extensive experience building and litigating personal injury cases.
We’re ready to fight alongside you to go after the compensation you may deserve.