Most personal injury claims have clearly defined costs associated with them. For example, a person who suffers a broken leg in a car accident will incur specific, set costs for treatment, out-of-pocket costs, and lost income. Pain and suffering compensation for claims such as these are calculated by multiplying an injured person’s actual damages by a multiplier between 1 and 5, depending on their level of suffering. When a person suffers an injury that leaves them permanently disabled, determining the appropriate level of damages can be much more difficult.
In the event that a person suffers a long-term, catastrophic injury at the hands of a negligent party, their eligible monetary compensation increases by a substantial margin. Compensation for permanent injury cases is based on the severity of a person’s “residual injuries,” or any other type of debilitating injury which cannot be fully recovered from. Generally speaking, the more serious of an effect these injuries have on a person’s life, the higher the compensation they are entitled to receive, for obvious reasons.
Common types of residual injuries and conditions include:
- Extensive scarring
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Chronic pain
- Back injuries or joint damage
If you have suffered such an injury, your claim for damages should indicate that your injury is permanent and that you deserve higher compensation. This can be strengthened if you are able to get your doctor to confirm the long-lasting nature of your injuries or indicate a likelihood of recurring or degenerative problems in your medical records. In many cases, this notation can be added to your records simply by asking.
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Nobody should be forced to endure the consequences of a negligent party’s actions alone. At The Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr., our Worcester personal injury lawyers are passionate about protecting the rights of catastrophically injured clients and can provide the strong advocacy you need to maximize your compensation.
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