No one ever plans to be injured in an accident. But if it does happen, it’s important to know what your options are for seeking compensation. In some cases, injuries can be severe enough to lead to permanent disability.
But what exactly is considered a “permanent disability?” And how do you go about proving it in a court of law?
Here’s everything you need to know about pursuing permanent disability damages in an injury claim.
What is Permanent Disability?
Permanent disability (PD) is defined as any lasting physical or mental impairment that prevents an individual from engaging in gainful employment. This can include conditions like paralysis, blindness, and amputation. It can also refer to conditions that cause chronic pain or make it difficult to perform basic activities of daily living.
In order to be considered permanent, the disability must be expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death.
What are Common Injuries That Lead to Permanent Disability?
There are many different types of injuries that can lead to permanent disability. Some of the most common include:
Traumatic brain injuries: A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a type of head injury that occurs when the brain is suddenly and violently jolted or shaken. This can happen due to a blow to the head, a car accident, or a fall. TBIs can range in severity from mild concussions to more serious injuries like coma or permanent paralysis.
Spinal cord injuries: A spinal cord injury occurs when there is damage to the vertebrae, nerves, or other tissues in the spine. This can lead to partial or complete paralysis below the point of injury.
Amputations: Amputation is the surgical removal of a limb or extremity. It’s often necessary in cases where the limbs are severely damaged by an accident or infection.
Burn injuries: Burn injuries are damage to the skin or other tissues caused by heat, cold, electricity, chemicals, or radiation. Some burns are minor and heal quickly, while others can lead to permanent disfigurement or disability.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you’re seeking damages for a permanent disability, you’ll need to be able to prove two things: first, that your injury is indeed permanent; and second, that the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence.
The best way to do this is to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you gather evidence and build a strong case. This may include medical records, expert testimony, and eyewitness accounts.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, don’t try to go it alone. Please contact us today at (210) 340-8877 for a free consultation. We would be happy to review your case and answer any questions you may have.