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What Should You Do After Serious Bodily Injury?

Posted in Personal Injury on January 14, 2018

There are many types of accidents that may result in serious bodily injury and greatly affect your quality of life; so what should you do after receiving such an injury?

An individual can suffer from a serious injury from a variety of causes, including:

    • Aggravated assault
    • Car Accident or driving under the influence
    • Construction accidents
    • Paralysis
    • Other accidents

To determine if you have suffered a serious bodily injury, the court typically look at the severity of the injury, the recovery time (if not permanent), necessary medical care, type of injury sustained, the psychological trauma of the incident, and other considerations.

What Is Serious Bodily Injury?

Injury Lawsuit Documents - Serious Bodily Injury - Nehora Law FirmOne of the most common causes of serious bodily injury is car accidents and collisions. Motor vehicle accidents can cause innumerable forms of injuries, from minor to serious.

How does one know which classification applies to their injury? Does it really matter? It matters tremendously when it comes to how much compensation is recovered.

In addition to awarding compensation for expenses related to an accident, the car accident lawyers will consider the emotional impact of the pain and life disruption a victim experiences.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has established a national definition for a serious injury received during a traffic accident.

The Definition of Serious Injury Caused by a Traffic Accident

A serious injury is a non-fatal injury, but potentially nearly-fatal injury, received in a motor vehicle accident that results in:

  • Severe laceration that exposes underlying tissue, muscle and/or organs and causes a significant loss of blood.
  • A broken extremity.
  • Any crushing injury.
  • Abdominal, chest or head injury more serious than a bruise or minor laceration.
  • Second or third degree burns covering more than 10% of a victim’s body.
  • Removed by first responders as an unconscious victim.
  • Any paralysis.

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