Describing The Nature (Type) and Extent (Seriousness) of Personal Injuries
Nature Of The Personal Injuries Sustained. How Would You Describe The Type of Injury Experienced?
Most personal injuries can be classified into one or more categories that describes the primary characteristic or nature of the injury sustained. For example, a passenger in a car whose head hit the windshield in an auto accident might suffer a concussion or paralysis. Someone hurt in a fire might suffer burn injury, disfigurement or scarring. A baby might be born with birth defects or birth injuries due to medical malpractice. A worker whose hands are crushed on the job might have broken or fractured bones.
Examples of injuries potentially being investigated include:
- Broken bones & fractures
- Burns and burn injuries
- Severed limbs, cut off, loss of body parts and amputations
- Disfigurement, scars and wounds
- Lacerations, cuts, and punctures
- Loss of motor function
- Birth injuries and birth defects
- Dislocation and dislocated joints
- Subluxations, slipped, ruptured, bulging or herniated discs
- Sprains, strains and tears (ACL, MCL, etc)
- Abrasions, scrapes, scratches, rashes, blisters and bruises
- Numbness or tingling
- Swelling and inflamation
- Pain, aches, soreness
- Crush injuries
- Whiplash and soft tissue injury
- Internal derangement
- Bleeding or blood loss
- Cerebral hemorrhage
- Drowning, asphyxiation, suffocation
- Smoke or carbon monoxide inhalation
- Gun shot wounds, stab wounds
- Animal bite wounds
- Paralysis, quadriplegia or paraplegia
- Nerve damage and pinched nerves
- Avulsions and separations
- Vision loss or hearing loss
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Concussion or coma
- Diseases, illnesses, and other disorders (e.g., cancer, mesothelioma)
- Wrongful death
- Other types of personal injuries
The Extent Of The Personal Injuries Suffered. How Serious Are The Injuries?
Not all injuries are as serious as others, of course. The extent or severity of injury is sometimes described as mild (or minor), moderate, serious injury, severe injury (major injury), critical injury or maximum. Certain injuries may be considered less or more serious depending on the duration of the injury, whether the injuries are permanent or temporary, the prognosis for recovery from the injury and length of recovery, the cost and complexity of medical treatments required to treat the injuries, the impact on quality of life and length of life, emotional and physical pain and suffering and other factors.
The nature and extent of personal injuries suffered often depends on the type of incident or accident involved. For example, a typical car accident injury (such as broken or fractured bones, contusions, lacerations, or whiplash) might be similar in nature and extent to a truck or motorcycle accident injury, but might be quite different than a typical medical malpractice injury (such as birth injuries and birth defects, spreading of diseases that were not identified or misdiagnosed or diagnosed too late), typical work injury (such as overexertion injuries from lifting, pushing, pulling, holding or carrying objects, repetitive movement injury, or crush injuries) or even a typical premises liability injury (such as a slip and fall injury, animal or dog bite wound).
If You Or A Loved One Experienced These Or Other Types of Personal Injuries, Contact A Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer.
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