Personal Injury and Lifelong Disability
Accidents are a leading cause of personal injury in the United States. While some people suffer from short-term injuries that heal in a timely manner, others suffer more catastrophic personal injuries that cause lifelong disability.
Personal injuries that result in lifelong disability impact a person’s day-to-day life and their ability to perform the most basic functions. These types of injuries can also have a huge impact on a person's quality of life. When pursuing damages for our Lakeland, FL, and Winter Haven, FL, clients with debilitating injuries, personal injury lawyer Daniel D. Moody considers how the injury will continue to impact their lives long-term.
Types of Debilitating Injuries
Debilitating injuries are those that affect a person’s physical, cognitive, or emotional functions. When a person suffers an injury that causes a lifelong disability, there is no hope that they will recover from their injuries. Instead, they will need to make accommodations to the way they live. Some of the most common disabilities to stem from a catastrophic accident include:
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Loss of limb(s)
- Traumatic brain injury
Adjusting to Lifelong Disabilities
The main difference between a short-term personal injury and one that results in a lifelong disability is that, when a person develops a lifelong disability, there is no chance that they will ever return to their previous way of life. Instead, they have to adjust to and adapt to a new way of life. Disabilities can impact all areas of a person’s life, including their physical functions, their degree of independence, their ability to take care of themselves and others, their ability to earn an income, their ability to enjoy certain hobbies and activities, their cognitive functions (including thought processes and memory), and their personality.
Adjusting to lifelong disabilities requires a lot of time, effort, and assistance. Most often, injury victims require ongoing medical care, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, assistive medical devices (wheelchair, ventilator, prosthetic, etc.), and assistance from other medical specialists. This not only puts a physical and emotional strain on injury victims, but a financial strain as well.
Personal Injury Damages for Lifelong Disabilities
When seeking compensation for clients who have suffered injuries that result in lifelong disabilities, there are special damages that Daniel D. Moody needs to consider. It is vital that injury victims are awarded not only for the losses that they have already suffered, but also those that they will continue to suffer in the future. Potential personal injury damages in cases involving lifelong disability include:
- Past and future medical expenses (including care from medical specialists and the costs of any anticipated surgeries)
- Cost of ongoing therapy (physical, occupational, speech, respiratory, etc.)
- Cost of assistive medical devices
- Lost wages
- Loss of wage earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
Personal injuries resulting in lifelong disabilities take a huge physical, emotional, and financial toll. Personal injury lawyer Daniel D. Moody works hard to get injury victims the maximum compensation they are due for these types of losses. To find out how the team at Moody Law can be of assistance to you following an accident, contact our law firm online or call us at (863) 284-9090.