If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a negligent party, you have the legal right to file a personal injury claim and pursue compensation. Oftentimes, the severity of a victim’s injuries increases the amount of monetary damages they can be awarded in a lawsuit. For instance, the court places a high monetary value on “residual injuries” because they can impact a victim’s overall quality of life and general ability to hold gainful employment. Residual injuries are any permanent or lasting injuries or damage suffered after an accident. These injuries can have the same impacts on your livelihood and health as the initial injuries did.
Residual injuries include:
The reason why injuries or scarring found on joints or areas that flex is considered residual injuries is because loss of mobility often is the result, which can justify advocating for a higher damage award. Scars that are visible can also cause cosmetic embarrassment, which can also be used to increase the amount of compensation you need.
Documenting your Residual Injury
The success of your personal injury case may hinge on one very small but extremely important element: your medical report. All the information included in your medical report can influence how the court or the insurance company decides to award damages.
Your medical report needs to include the following information:
That your injuries are going to have a permanent and residual effect on your life
That your injuries may lead to recurring or degenerative medical complications in the future
That your injuries are going to detrimentally impact your general mobility and physical daily activities
If you intend to file a personal injury claim, it’s helpful if you can place a monetary value on your injuries. This shows the insurance company that they can’t offer a settlement that is less than the compensation your injuries warrant. Your doctor can refer you to a plastic surgeon or a relevant medical professional who can analyze your physical impairments and determine how much it would cost to repair the overall damage. You don’t necessarily have to commit to a procedure but knowing the price does benefit your claim.
By determining if plastic surgery can fix your residual injury and how much the procedure would cost, you can include this information and the cost of your consultation in the overall damage estimate for your case.
Over Two Decades of Dedicated Service
If you’ve sustained residual injuries, contact the personal injury attorneys at Pierce, Sloan, Kennedy & Early LLC to file a personal injury claim. Our legal team can examine your case, investigate the liable party, and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. We have been serving clients nationwide since 1999 and are licensed to practice in multiple states so we can serve as many clients as possible. Don’t take a chance on missing out on the full amount of compensation you may be entitled to after an accident has injured you or your family members. Our firm has the resources and skills needed to defend your rights.
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