Car accident injuries are often severe because of the high impact. If you are lucky, you will get out unhurt or suffer minor injuries. If you are not, you could suffer permanent injuries that will affect you for the rest of your life. In either case, you should file a claim to receive compensation for economic and non-economic damages.
Talk to an Atlanta car accident attorney to protect your rights if another driver was responsible for your injuries. Here are more details about permanent injuries and compensation in car accidents:
What is a Permanent Injury?
A permanent injury is one that results in a limited or complete loss of function on a body part. Usually, this injury cannot mend independently, nor can it heal using advanced modern technology. Such an injury will affect how you carry out your daily activities.
You may even never resume work meaning that you will lose your earning capacity. Even if you resume work, you will be less productive than before. That is why it is essential that you establish a permanent injury, if any, and include it when filing your compensation claim.
If you can prove permanent injury, the court ensures that you receive money to cover you for the rest of your life.
Examples of Permanent Injuries
Numerous types of permanent injuries may result from a car accident. Some will be visible, while others will not. Examples of such injuries include:
- Paralysis: Paralysis is the loss of muscle function in a specific organ because there is a problem with connecting your muscles and the brain. Paralysis can affect one or both sides of your body. It results in loss of sexual, bladder, and bowel functions. You may also develop respiratory problems.
- Brain injuries: Brain injuries fall under the category of those that cannot be seen plainly by the naked eye. The majority of traumatic brain injuries occurred as a result of auto accidents. Brain injuries will undoubtedly affect how you perform daily functions.
- Amputation: Amputation will clearly be seen without requiring much evidence. It is the removal of the entire limb, such as the leg, arm, or toe. If it involves the arm or leg, indeed, you cannot resume normal functioning.
- Spinal cord injuries: The spinal cord is responsible for various body functioning. Therefore, an injury may affect the functioning of other body parts such as the limbs and cause you trouble.
Determining a Permanent Injury
The court will require the testimony of an expert medical professional because there is no perfect legal definition of a permanent injury. The doctor will explain the permanent injury and its impact on your life to offer guidance when calculating compensation.
Using a Personal Injury Attorney
It is evident that permanent injuries from car accidents can be devastating. That is why you must win the case and prove a permanent injury to receive the rightful compensation. Working with an experienced lawyer and doctor is crucial. The lawyer ensures everything is factored in when calculating the total settlement. Call our offices at 404-857-4124 to discuss your options.