Permanent Disability after a Car Accident
It is estimated that in the United States, more than 37,000 people die in motor vehicle accidents each year; and that approximately another 2.35 million people are injured or disabled as a result of these accidents.
The type of injuries can range from mild to very severe. For example, there could be amputations, loss of use of a part of the body, severe brain injuries, among others. Many of these injuries could leave the person disabled either temporarily or permanently.
According to statistics, it is estimated that people who suffer the most from injuries that cause a disability are those between 35 and 65 years old. Additionally, in some of these cases, the person ends up permanently disabled. In turn, this can affect his lifestyle, potential, and ability to work and generate income that allows him to be self-sufficient and provide for a family.
What does the term permanent disability refer to?
Permanent disability is the result of an injury that prevents the person from carrying out their daily work activities and participating in the daily leisure, family, community activities, etc., of which they used to be part of before the accident.
The amount of the compensation will depend on the severity of the injuries suffered by the victim as well as the consequences on his life. This is due to the fact that a permanent disability does not go away, and it affects the person for the rest of their life. Disabilities can be different; some can be milder than others. In a mild or partial disability, the person may be able to continue doing some of her activities, although not 100 percent as he did before. In a serious or permanent disability, the person may be completely unable to lead a normal life.
In both cases, the person may require continuous and/or lifelong medical treatments, such as medications, surgeries, rehabilitation, temporary or permanent care from medical personnel, among others. And their overall health may be affected in the future in unpredictable ways, leading to more medical expenses.
Each case is unique. Therefore, it is essential to consult with a specialized lawyer in the area who can advise you and consider all the aspects that should be included when establishing the amount of compensation.
If you or a loved one has been involved in such a situation, give us a call today. We will be happy to talk to you about your case.