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Dealing with a permanent disability after a car accident

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2024 | Serious Personal Injury

Although you are grateful for surviving a crash, the realities of living with a permanent disability can be an incredibly challenging adjustment. Such a serious injury can limit your ability to participate in the activities you enjoy and hold you back from returning to work. If your life-changing disability is the result of another driver’s careless behavior, you have the right to pursue compensation for the hardships you now face.

When is an injury considered a permanent disability?

Not all car accidents result in permanent disability. Many survivors can recover in a few weeks, but there are those who grapple with serious injuries that leave lasting effects.

A permanent disability is a type of injury that impairs daily life indefinitely. Serious car accident injuries that may lead to such a disability include:

  • Amputation: Some injuries may require the amputation of a limb or other body part, severely limiting a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks or work duties
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI): The impact of the collision can cause serious brain damage that can potentially affect cognitive, physical or emotional functions
  • Burns: Severe burns can result in permanent scars. disfigurement, nerve damage and loss of sensation and mobility
  • Spinal cord injury (SCI): Damage to the spinal cord or surrounding tissues can result in paralysis, reduced mobility or loss of sensation

These are just a few examples of the many permanent disabilities that can arise from car accidents. Regardless, the effects can reshape your everyday life in the long term.

How pursing compensation may help you

Living with a permanent disability involves more than physical challenges, it can also strain you financially. This kind of injury often demands extended hospital stays, multiple doctor’s visits, as well as continuous treatment and rehabilitation.

Apart from your immediate medical expenses, you must also factor in the cost of expected future treatment. You may require ongoing medication, specialized equipment for mobility, or additional medical procedures down the line.

Furthermore, if you are unable to work because of the disability, the potential loss of income is another financial setback. Pursuing compensation from the negligent party is critical to securing a fair settlement for all this burden.

Adapting to your new reality comes with its fair share of challenges. Recovering compensation can help support your recovery and allow you to move forward. However, negotiating a settlement is not easy. A personal injury attorney can guide you through the entire process and advocate for your rights.