A personal injury, defined by law, refers to any harm or injury that an individual person sustains as a result of varying circumstances. These injuries may be physical or emotional. And in some cases, personal injury may be financial loss or personal loss, such as losing the presence and care of a loved one. Understanding these types of personal injuries is one thing; being able to put them in the right category on a case-by-case basis is another thing.
If you currently have a personal injury case, do you know what category your case falls under? Have you heard lawyers, doctors, and insurance adjusters talk about the degree of your personal injury? Are you aware that personal injury is measured based on the severity of the injury? We will shed more light on this; so that you will not be left in the dark about the complexities and peculiarity of your personal injury case.
Categories of Injuries in Personal Injury Cases
- Minor and Moderate Injuries
This category of personal injuries covers injuries like fractures, sprains, strains, cuts, and bruises. These are the injuries that take a short time to heal, and they require little medical treatment. They may hurt a little, but the pain does not last for long.
- Soft Tissue Injuries
Some personal injuries are categorized as soft tissue injuries. They are mostly injuries that affect the non-bony parts of the body. These injuries affect parts of the body, such as muscles, nerves, connective tissues, and internal organs. Some minor and moderate injuries fall into the soft tissue injury category.
Pulled muscle and sprain are types of soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries, if not treated properly, can cause chronic pain or permanent disability if it does not get proper treatment. Also, in most personal injury cases involving soft tissue injuries, getting substantial compensation is rare compared to the more serious categories of injuries.
- Catastrophic Injuries
These injuries are usually severe, and they usually bring about a permanent change to the victim’s life. An example of catastrophic injury is an injury to the spinal cord, which leads to the inability to stand or walk. Some other examples of catastrophic injury include paralysis, amputation, and some head injuries. These injuries are usually more visible and can be easily proven to jurors and the insurance company. As a result, the personal injury cases that have the highest compensation and settlements.
Most catastrophic injuries are obvious to anybody, but in some cases, the full extent of the injuries are not easily noticed. For instance, for someone with a head injury, the victim may have suffered a traumatic brain injury or closed head injury, which may not be easily noticeable because the effects of these injuries are subtle. The effects are only noticed under close observation and by people who are close to the victims. And usually, serious brain injuries have permanent effects most of the time.
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