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Personal Injuries: Bodily Harm


Personal Injury

Just as accidents come in many forms, so can the injuries that extend from them. Obtaining compensation for an injury is never automatic—not every type of accident gives rise to a claim for damages, and neither does every type of injury. However, when financial compensation is deserved, aggressively fighting for your rights and seeking justice of your behalf, is a principle that the Personal Injury Attorneys, of the Gainesville Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., stand firmly behind.

Personal Injuries include physical, mental, and emotional harm suffered as a result of an accident or injury.  The majority of personal injury cases are centered primarily upon harm caused to an actual body part, with additional claims for psychological damages as well. While both are forms of bodily harm—each have distinguishing characteristics—and for this reason are discussed separately from one another.

Let’s first explore some categories of injuries to actual body parts…

Superficial / Minor: These types of injuries typically do not require emergency medical attention and/or ongoing treatment; do not have any long-term or permanent effects; and recovery time is minimal. Examples include: minor cuts, scrapes, and abrasions; bruising; swelling; tenderness; headache; minor discomfort, etc.

Moderate / Serious: These types of injuries generally require emergency or immediate medical treatment, as well as additional medical attention and/or monitoring while the injury heals. Recovery can take anywhere from weeks to months, but such injuries are typically non-permanent in nature. Examples include:  cuts, abrasions, puncture wounds that require stitches, antibiotics, and/or medical treatment/monitoring; fractured, dislocated, or broken bones; concussion; pinched nerves; moderate discomfort, etc.

Severe / Significant: These types of injuries require medical attention, whether emergency treatment immediately following the accident, or shortly thereafter. Such injuries can be severely debilitating, and are often permanent in nature. Recovery time is extensive, and may require several months of ongoing treatment, physical therapy, and/or surgical intervention. Examples include: injury to spinal column (cervical, thoracic, lumbar), including disc bulging, herniated disc(s), or a soft-tissue injury; significant tears or damage to ligaments tendons, or muscles; deep puncture wounds; internal bleeding;  head injuries; severe burns; substantial scarring; severe ongoing pain and discomfort, etc.

Maximum / Catastrophic: These types of injuries are catastrophic in nature, often life-threatening, and require immediate emergency medical treatment. Such injuries are typically life-altering, and the effects are permanent and irreversible.  Examples include: loss of limb or disfigurement; partial or full paralysis; loss of use of a body part or bodily function; blindness; severe traumatic brain injury; death.

Personal (bodily) injuries do not always fall neatly into one of the categories listed above. Injuries can be more severe, and in some cases, even less severe than initially anticipated, predicted, or diagnosed. In addition, injuries that existed prior to the incident can be aggravated; pre-existing conditions can increase the severity or extent of an injury; multiple people can contribute to the injury of one individual; and subsequent and concurrent events can enhance injuries.

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The extent of the victim’s injury can also play a role in personal injury cases, such as those extending from a car accident, in which the permanency threshold must be met. What is most important is the intersection between medical standards and legal standards, given your particular type of injury or claim, which will determine your rights in terms of availability of financial compensation.  If you suffered bodily harm due to the negligence of another, having an experience attorney in your corner can make a profound difference in the outcome of your case.

To continue reading more on personal injuries, see Psychological Damages.’