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The Value of your Claim with Residual Injuries Pt 1July 19, 2019 0 Comment Category: Personal Injury
Injuries resulting from an accident can vary depending on many different factors. The same rule is applied for short-term and long-term injuries that you may suffer after an accident. If you have been in an accident and you now suffer from long-term damages, or permanent effects, this will be relevant to your claim.
This is known as residual injury. Residual injuries can come in many forms, such as back pain, torn ligaments, muscle and joint stiffness, brain damage, broken bones, or scarring. These types of injuries can add to the amount of your personal injury lawsuit damages.
The reason behind this is that if you are left with a disability or disfigurement due to the accident, you may suffer longer. If that injury affects your daily life, this could require a lot of additional suffering. The more serious the effects of the injury have on one’s life, the higher is the compensation.
Residual Injuries and its Different Types
Scarring is one of the most common permanent residual injuries, be it from the original injury itself or due to the medical repairs to the area. Large scaring can lead to a much higher amount in damages. There are two reasons for this: the first is because scar tissue can cause pain to the area or it will become less flexible, and the other is the cosmetic embarrassment that it will cause to the injured. When scaring from an injury affects the joints in your body, or other areas of your body that may flex (like fingers or toes), it may cause loss of mobility as well, and that can further lead to higher damages.
Disfigurement damages are generally higher if there is scarring that is visible. If the scars can be covered by clothing, it is not as detrimental to a person, as when they are large enough to be seen by others. This can cause a person to feel embarrassed and try to hide the scars, especially if they affect the face or neck. Consequently, the damages increase when scarring is visible to the face or neck.
Back and joint injuries, affecting the cartilage or ligament, can have long-term effects on a person too. Mobility issues, pain, and the consistent feeling of being uncomfortable are some of the after-effects of the injury. This can make it difficult for the person to perform their daily jobs to the ability they used to.