At the heart of every personal injury claim is – as you can probably guess – an injury suffered by the person filing the claim. There are many types of accidents that can result in personal injuries and the type of injury a victim sustains often depends on the accident that occurred. Some accidents that can lead to a personal injury claim include the following:
The losses that may be recovered in a particular personal injury case will depend on the injury sustained, the effects of that injury on the victim’s life, and the treatment required for the injury. The following are some examples of personal injuries that are commonly at issue in a lawsuit.
Many accidents can result in trauma to the head and many parts of the head can be injured. One of the more common injuries to this part of the body is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI can occur with even a slight jolt or bump on the head. This type of injury can be mild, which is often in the form of a concussion. Even concussions require medical attention, however, as complications can arise and proper treatment is needed to lower the risk of further injury and effects. In other situations, TBIs can be moderate or severe1 and can cause a long-lasting coma and/or permanent impairments for victims.
Additionally, the skull itself can be fractured if an impact is great enough. In serious cases, part of the skull may fracture off and may enter the brain, causing serious damage. Other parts of the head and face that may be fractured or damaged include the nose, cheekbones, jaw, eyes, and teeth. All of these injuries can require costly treatment and extensive recovery time.
The back has many parts that may be injured, including muscles, bones, joints, and the spinal cord, which is integral in facilitating basic movement and functioning. Many types of back injuries can cause excruciating pain and can substantially limit movement. Some back injury victims may hardly be able to walk and cannot lift anything – even lighter items. Back injuries often require extensive physical therapy or even surgery for a victim to recover.
If the spinal cord is damaged, the impairments for a victim may be severe and even permanent. Some spinal cord injuries2 can result in paralysis of the body below the injured point, including loss of sensory abilities. This means that many spinal cord injury victims may temporarily or permanently lose their ability to walk or may lose control over important bodily functions.
Even if an injury does not result in permanent disability, it can still cause serious pain and disruption to a victim’s life. Both broken bones and soft tissue injuries can do just that. First, damage to any bone, muscle, tendon, or ligament can be immediately painful and the pain can persist for an extended period of time. In addition, any type of fracture, sprain, or strain can inhibit movement and abilities, often keeping a person from work and many everyday activities.
Some of these injuries can be even more serious, however, including compound fractures3 and ligaments or tendons that are completely torn. These injuries often require surgery and sometimes multiple procedures. Victims often must undergo extensive physical therapy to even be able to bear weight on an affected leg or two use an affected arm. Fractures to the pelvis can be particularly difficult to recover from and often require extended hospitalization.
Simply because a personal injury is not considered to be catastrophic does not mean that a victim will not incur huge losses. The above are, of course, only a few of the many personal injuries that our clients have had and from which we have helped them recover financially.
Every personal injury case will have its own legal issues depending on the type of accident that happened and the type of injuries that you suffered. At The Levin Firm in Philadelphia, we regularly represent clients with a wide variety of injuries – ranging from sprains or strains to disabling spinal cord injuries.
You always want to ensure you are represented by an attorney who fully understands the effects of your injuries and who has the resources to pursue maximum compensation in your case. Please do not hesitate to call Philadelphia personal injury attorney Gabriel Levin at 215-825-5183 for a free consultation today.
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