What is a serious personal injury case?
Serious personal injury case which involves a serious bodily injury.
Here some information about about what makes a personal injury a serious personal injury.
A serious personal injury generally results in:
- significant disfigurement;
- a fracture;
- loss of a fetus;
- permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function or system;
- permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member;
- significant limitation of use of a body function or system;
- or a medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature
- which prevents the injured person from substantially doing all of the material acts
- which make up that person's usual and customary daily activities
- for not less than 90 days during the 180 days
- immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment.”
This definition is per a 2009 case called Hyacinthe v. United States.
But, there are many other serious personal injuries that don't necessarily fit into the above guideline.
If you're hurt, please let me know. I will tell you whether your injury type is something I can help you with.
What's the difference between negligence and recklessness?
Negligence" is the failure to use reasonable care.
“Recklessness” is worse than negligence.
A person is reckless if they knew it was highly probable that their conduct would cause harm and they knowingly disregarded this risk.
“Recklessness” is more than just the failure to use reasonable care.
For example, it's negligent to run a red light. But, it's reckless to run a red light while under the influence of alcohol.
What are serious personal injury examples?
What does serious personal injury really mean?
Serious personal injuries, like the examples above, are more complicated, intricate and valuable than minor personal injury cases.
How are serious personal injuries different than minor personal injuries?
- Serious personal injuries may require surgeries, rehabilitation and significant treatment
- Serious personal injuries make things you did before the accident (such as working) very difficult or even impossible
- Serious personal injuries cause lasting pain (physical and/or psychological) and
- Their degree is not always immediately known
- Minor injuries don't require surgeries nor significant treatment
- Minor injuries cause pain and suffering that is not long lasting
- The degree of minor injuries is generally immediately known
- Minor personal injury cases resolve quicker than serious personal injury cases
This is why you should always seek the attention of a medical care provider after in any accident, to find out whether your injuries are serious or minor.
What types of accidents cause a serious personal injury?
Here are some examples of causes of serious personal injuries.
But, you may still have a serious personal injury case even if it's not listed below.
- Products that are defective
- Victims of crime, especially sexual crimes against children
Is it worth hiring a personal injury attorney?
If you have a very small case that doesn't have much value, you may not need an attorney.
But, a serious case may have serious value. So, you definitely need an attorney to fight your case.
The insurance company has specially-trained adjusters who look out for the insurance company.
The adjuster may seem fair, nice and understanding. You may even think your case is going well, but come to learn that the insurance won't pay you a dime.
Or, the insurance may offer you less than what your case is worth.
Remember, the insurance adjuster works for the insurance company, not for you.
Now more than ever, you need someone to work for you.
When should I hire an attorney for my injury case?
That way, you will have the protection of your own attorney, looking out for you and you alone.
If you hire the right attorney, right away, you can benefit from your attorney's advice, guidance and protection.
You may not want to hire an attorney because you don't know the answer to this question:
How much does an attorney charge for a personal injury case?
Did you know that your accident attorney's fee is the same fee whether she is hired at the beginning of your case, or months after the date you got hurt? So, let your attorney work for you sooner than later.
Put their skills and experience to work by fighting for your rights in your injury case.
How can I settle my personal injury case without an attorney?
Can I change my personal injury attorney if I don't like their work?
And, the first attorney will get paid out of the second attorney's fee. This can make it hard to find a new attorney if you're not happy with your first attorney.