Written by attorney David Allan Bressman

Permanent Disability from an Accident: Your Personal Injury Settlement

Getting injured in an accident already has severe consequences for victims; they have to deal with the high costs of medical treatment, spend time away from work, and endure pain and suffering. Those consequences increase tenfold when victims suffer an injury that results in permanent disability. A permanent disability can have long-lasting effects on finances, the ability to work and quality of life.

When a victim has suffered a permanent disability, this will play greatly into any insurance or legal claim filed against the at-fault party and the resultant personal injury settlement.

What a Permanent Disability Means for an Accident Case

First and foremost, a permanent disability almost always means more medical bills. Because the injury doesn’t just require one-time treatment and is a lifelong, permanent issue, victims are able to seek payment not only for the bills and costs they’ve already incurred, but also future expenses.

Additionally, permanent disability means more income loss, too. With a less severe injury, victims may be forced to spend a short time period away from work while they recover and get back on their feet. When a permanent disability is involved, it can mean being away from work indefinitely. The disability may render victims unable to work, or require taking a lower-paying job.

For all these reasons, a permanent disability likely will garner victims more compensation for loss of income, too. This will include not only wages and income lost since the incident, but also those they will lose throughout the rest of their lives.

Other Compensation Permanent Disability May Garner

When a permanent disability occurs in an accident, victims may be able to seek more than just compensation for medical bills and lost income.

In many cases, they can seek:

  • funds for rehabilitation, therapy and ongoing pain management;
  • compensation for pain, suffering and mental anguish;
  • compensation for in-home assistance or care;
  • payment for loss of enjoyment the injury has caused; and
  • funds for loss of companionship or consortium, if the injury has affected the relationship with spouses or other loved ones.

Victims may even be entitled to punitive damages if the at-fault party was particularly reckless or negligent in causing injuries. These damages vary depending on the severity of the injury and the details surrounding the accident, and they’re designed to punish the defendant and deter further similar action.

Pursuing a Personal Injury Settlement

Anyone who has suffered a permanent disability as a result of another party’s negligence or recklessness may have grounds for a legal claim and be due compensation. Victims can contact an attorney at Bressman Law today to begin discussing their options.

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