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Serious Personal Injury

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Serious personal injury can be the result of a car accident, an industrial accident, a dog attack, and, in many cases, from negligence. It is usually defined as an injury or injuries that have a long-term or severely debilitating effect on the injured party. Generally, medical bills are extremely high, and the person's ability to work over a long period of time may be compromised.

Serious Personal Injury and Lawsuits

In some cases, the injured party may not be able to perform normal activities or may be permanently scarred. Such issues as the type of injury, the severity of the injury, and the length of time the injured party will be incapacitated are considered when asking for a specific monetary award and by the judges and juries involved in the lawsuit. Obviously, the more serious the injury, the larger the award will usually be.

Other serious personal lawsuits result from such things as toxic poisoning of employees or persons living near a manufacturing plant. A child might suffer a serious injury during an accident in which he was riding in a defective car seat. Many occur as the result of automobile accidents caused by drunk or high drivers. Most attorneys who take these types of cases do so on a contingency basis. That means that, if there is no recovery or award, their client does not need to pay them.

Long Term Serious Personal Injury Effects

While a monetary award cannot really "fix" the problem or reduce the pain and suffering of the injured party and his family, alleviating worry about finances can go a long way to allowing the family to begin the healing process. Clearly the key element is assisting the injured party to resume a normal life, or, if the injury is permanent, allowing that person to have the best possible life. In the case of a parent, for example, part of the award should, and often does, include provision for college tuition for children. If you are considering a serious personal injury lawsuit, you should first consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who will be able to advise you on the merits of your case and who will work to get you the best possible award.


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