Portland Permanent Impairment Attorney
After an accident, many victims feel the effects of their injuries for weeks or months. While this can be an inconvenience and can be costly, their injuries do eventually heal and they can return to work or school and their lives as usual. On the other hand, certain catastrophic injuries can leave victims with permanent impairments that completely change the rest of their lives.
Being involved in a sudden and unexpected accident and never being able to return to your past lifestyle and abilities can be devastating to say the least. In addition, many impairments require many accommodations at home, work, or in general. These accommodations can be costly and can be difficult to adjust to. All in all, a permanent impairment caused by a sudden accident can alter your life – and usually not for the better.
Anyone who has suffered a permanent impairment or disability in an accident that was another party’s fault has important legal rights. Specifically, you can hold the person who caused your impairment liable for all of the monetary and intangible losses that you have incurred as a result. It is important to speak with an attorney who has experience handling cases involving permanent impairments to ensure your rights are protected.
Injuries that Result in Permanent Impairment
There are many types of injuries that frequently result from accidents and that cause permanent impairments in victims. The following are only some examples of such injuries:
Traumatic brain injury – When serious head trauma or oxygen deprivation occurs, the delicate brain tissue can be significantly damaged. In addition, severe brain injuries can be difficult to stabilize and additional damage can be caused by increased intracranial pressure or brain hemorrhaging. Victims may spend an extended period of time in a coma and when they wake up, they may find their abilities completely changed. TBI can cause permanent physical, cognitive, and emotional impairments that can affect a victim’s ability to work, socialize, or even care for themselves.
Spinal cord injury – With the brain, the spinal cord is one of the most important parts of the body because it helps to facilitate bodily functioning from the neck down. When serious damage occurs to the spinal cord – usually due to direct trauma – there is the potential to permanently lose all functioning from the point of injury down. Victims may never again be able to walk or move their arms, have feeling or sensation in the affected parts of the body, and they may lose bladder, bowel, and sexual functioning. In extreme cases, victims may need assisted breathing and may not be able to ever care for themselves again.
Burns – 3rd (and sometimes 4th) degree burns go beyond the skin and damage tissue including bone and muscle. Victims with widespread and serious burns often are left permanently scarred and may lose digits or other body parts. Such burns can permanently impair a victim’s movement, as well as their emotional and mental well-being.
Amputations – Losing a limb is one of the most traumatic injuries a person can suffer. Never again being able to use a limb can completely change your life and your abilities will never be the same, even with the most state-of-the-art prosthetics.
Damages in Permanent Impairment Cases
The expenses of a permanent impairment are ongoing and will continue for the rest of your life. Therefore, determining how much your losses will be over the course of your life can be very complicated. In most cases, it will require the assistance of the following:
- Economic experts
- Medical experts
- Psychological experts
- Occupational experts
All of the resources should be used to ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve for your lifelong losses caused by your permanent impairment. In addition to financial losses, you can recover for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional trauma caused by your injuries and disabilities.
If you fail to seek the right amount in your legal case and later learn that your damages far exceed your recovery, you will not have the opportunity to go back and seek additional compensation. For this reason, it is critical that your attorney knows how to accurately calculate future damages in a permanent impairment case.
A Portland Permanent Impairment Attorney Can Help
At the Johnston Law Firm, we have witnessed firsthand how significantly a permanent impairment can change your life. We fight to help victims of catastrophic injuries receive justice when they are injured by another party. For a free consultation, call our Portland office at (503) 546-3167 today.