Louisville personal injury attorneys see all kinds of injuries over years of litigating on behalf of their clients. The type and extent of one’s injuries is often a starting place for determining the dollar amount that will ultimately be sought.
These are the most common accidental injuries, and they include sprains and muscle or ligament strains. Most often they occur in car accidents, in which whiplash is the most common injury, and in slip and fall accidents. Treatment for these injuries can range from a few days to several weeks or months. Depending upon their seriousness, soft-tissue injuries often fall into a predictable range for settlements, because they are very common and both Louisville car accident attorneys and insurance companies have a good deal of experience with such cases.
These are broken bones, which may be either “simple” or “compound” fractures. The particular bones that are broken may influence the range of recovery. For instance, a broken leg may be “worth” more than broken ribs, because someone with broken ribs may be able to return to his or her job while the injury is still healing. Someone who has broken a leg may not be able to work at all.
Injuries to discs.
These are injuries that damage the spinal bones of either the neck or the back, and they usually result in either bulging or herniated discs in the spine, which may affect a spinal nerve. Sometimes, these injuries require surgery or prolonged periods of bed rest. The seriousness of the injury, the medical treatment necessary, and the ensuing convalescent period all bare heavily on the range of recovery. There is a wide range of possible recoveries for these injuries, as well as a wide range of jury verdicts or out-of-court settlements as reported by personal injury attorneys.
Generally, facial scarring brings a higher recovery than scars that are, under normal circumstances, unseen. By the same token, facial scarring on a young person or a female will probably bring a larger recovery than the same scarring on an older person or a male. The potential for surgical revision of scars, and the effect on the victim of having the scars, are major factors in the amount of recovery according to most personal injury lawyers.
These may be minor amputations, such as portions of toes or fingertips, or major amputations, such as entire limbs. The verdict or settlement value of these cases depends not only on the individual injury and the pain that accompanies that injury, but also on the victim’s age, sex, occupation, and marital status. In major amputation cases, physical and emotional suffering figures highly into any recovery, as well as the likelihood that the victim can return to work.
These are injuries that result in paralysis, such as paraplegia (both lower limbs paralyzed) and quadriplegia (both lower and upper limbs paralyzed). Often these injuries are the result of severe spinal cord damage. They are most prevalent in automobile, motorcycle, and diving accidents. Cases involving these injuries generally result in very large awards as reported by Louisville personal injury attorneys, since lost wages and medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering, can be overwhelming. Additionally, there are often lifetime medical treatment expenses and continuing wage loss, both of which are figured into any settlement.
These injuries arise as a direct result of physical damages. Cases involving this type of claim are becoming more prevalent as medical science explores the relationship between psychological damage and physical injuries. Psychological damages require medical or professional treatment in order to make them part of any claim.
Brain damage. Injuries to the brain can sometimes cause total incapacity, or sometimes affect only certain body functions. In some cases, these injuries lead to extremely high damage awards as reported by personal injury lawyers.
Wrongful death. Death that occurs as the result of someone’s negligent actions (or inaction) may also result in large damage awards.