When you or someone you love is involved in a personal injury accident, it can affect every aspect of your life. Accidents involving severe or catastrophic injuries can impact your life for years to come or even change it permanently. Resolving claims for long-term permanent injuries is also more complicated. It’s crucial to have a skilled personal injury lawyer in Washington on your side to protect your rights. You need a legal advocate who is well-versed in permanent injury claims and will fight for the compensation you are entitled to receive.
Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim for Permanent Injuries
Long-term permanent injuries can cost millions of dollars in medical expenses alone, not to mention lost wages, your inability to participate in activities you once loved, and the expenses necessary to modify your home in some cases. When someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, you have the right to seek reimbursement for your damages. The experienced team of personal injury attorneys at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner PLLC understands what a terrifying and stressful time this is for you and your family. We are here to help and will be by your side every step of the way.
Common Types of Long-Term and Permanent Injuries
There are some injuries that we see more commonly with catastrophic personal injury accidents.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can occur in a variety of ways, including personal injury accidents. We commonly see brain injuries in everything from car accidents to medical malpractice. Brain injuries can come from an acute injury like blunt force when your head hits against something, or it can be from a lack of oxygen to the brain. Brain injuries can range from a concussion with symptoms that last months to permanent damage that results in significant cognitive issues.
Spinal Cord Damage
If you suffer spinal cord damage in an accident, it could result in permanent paralysis. The level of damage will determine where the paralysis is. The higher the spinal cord injury is, the more extremities that will be affected. You could lose the ability to move your lower body, both your arms and lower body, or even as high as your neck.
Amputations are common in severe personal injury accidents. A limb could be crushed in a workplace accident or car accident, which then requires amputation. Infections and burn injuries are also common causes of amputation.
Sometimes severe injuries aren’t the ones you see from the outside. Internal injuries can result in permanent problems, such as loss of bladder or bowel function, if organs or bodily systems are affected. Internal injuries can even include reproductive issues that keep you from having a child.
Back injuries involving the spine can also be debilitating. Ruptured discs and fractured vertebrae can result in chronic pain and may cause permanent disability.
Sensory loss involves the loss of hearing, sight, or your ability to taste or smell. Some sensory injuries occur in traumatic accidents at the workplace or in a car accident, while others are from medical errors or exposure to toxic chemicals or substances.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Repetitive motion injuries can result in permanent disability as well. Something like carpal tunnel syndrome could keep someone, like a court reporter, from working in their trained field.
Exposure to toxic chemicals and substances can cause permanent injuries and be fatal in many cases. Exposure to asbestos or coal dust can cause deadly diseases like mesothelioma or black lung disease.
Third-degree burn injuries destroy skin and muscle and often affect a large portion of a victim’s body. Burn victims could be left with permanent disfigurement, significant scarring that requires multiple surgeries, and permanent impairment.
Disfigurement can come from burns, amputations, scarring, etc. Many victims feel a loss of confidence and struggle to interact in social settings or business environments.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder is commonly referred to as PTSD. It can be a permanent mental health condition that results from experiencing trauma, such as military combat, rape, serious car accident, etc. For some victims, PTSD makes it impossible to function normally.
Determining What a Permanent Injury Claim Is Worth
Determining the value of a permanent injury claim tends to be a complicated process. You have all your economic losses that can be calculated, such as your medical expenses to date and lost wages. With long-term and permanent injuries, you also have open-ended costs that must be factored in, such as future surgeries, a value for disfigurement, permanent disability, etc.
In addition, coming up with an accurate value for pain and suffering in these cases is challenging. How do you determine what someone’s life would be like if they didn’t get into this accident? There are physical pain and suffering and emotional aspects that need to be factored in. Not to mention, what about the effect of the injury on their family?
Certain factors can influence how much compensation a case is worth. Some of these factors include:
- Is there a visible disfigurement? Scarring, especially facial scarring, can make a claim worth more due to the increased emotional distress aspect.
- How disabled is the victim? The cost of lifetime care will vary based on what the victim’s needs are. Do they need round-the-clock care, or can they manage some activities of daily living independently?
- What is the victim’s age? The younger a victim is, the more compensation they might be awarded because the damage will affect them for a longer period of time.
- What is the expected future loss of earnings? Attorneys typically hire experts in these cases to come up with detailed figures, taking into account what the victim would’ve earned throughout their lifetime. Factors like education, skills, profession, how many working years they had left, inflation, and raises are factored in here.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in Washington
If you or someone you love sustained long-term permanent injuries in an accident, retaining the right Washington personal injury law firm is essential. You need a legal advocate who has the skills and experience to fight for the compensation you deserve. At Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner PLLC, our team has years of experience dealing with catastrophic personal injury cases. Let us fight for you and help you get the maximum settlement amount possible. Contact our office today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.