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The Potential For Lingering Disabilities After A Personal Injury

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When personal injuries occur as the result of slips, trips, or falls or after car, pedestrian, and bike accidents, it can take weeks, months, or even years to completely recover. Even an otherwise minor injury can require ongoing medical care and treatment, while preventing you from engaging in your usual activities. Whether temporary or permanent, lingering disabilities can cost you significant amounts of money now and in the future, and it is important to be aware of these potential costs before settling an accident claim. 

Common Types Of Disabilities 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 50 million people in the United States, or roughly one out of every five adults, suffer some type of disability. There are three common classifications of disabilities:

  1. Impairments, which affect the body’s function or structure, such as the loss of memory, vision, or the use of a limb;
  2. Activity limitations, such as having difficulty walking, bending, or lifting;
  3. Participation restrictions, which prevent you from engaging in normal activities, such as working or doing recreational activities with family and friends.

Disabilities can affect people from birth, as the result of getting older or suffering a disease, or due to accidents and injuries. Even minor accidents resulting in muscle or tendon strains and sprains, broken bones, and back, neck, and head injuries can all result in temporary or permanent disabilities. Unfortunately, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that roughly twenty percent of people who suffer from disabilities end up being unemployed.

Including Potential Disabilities In A Personal Injury Claim

When injuries occur as the result of another person’s reckless or negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation for any damages you suffer through a lawsuit or personal injury claim. In the immediate aftermath of any type of accident or mishap, it is important to take the following steps:

  • Report your accident and injuries: Notify the property manager where your injury occurred or local law enforcement. Make sure an accident report is filled out, detailing when, how, and why the accident occurred, the parties involved, and any witnesses at the scene.
  • Seek medical attention Your doctor will provide a thorough medical exam, conducting any diagnostic testing needed. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you will likely be advised to limit your activities or refrain from working for a certain period.

Even with the appropriate care and treatment, chronic conditions can develop which prevent you from performing certain activities, in some cases for years after the actual injury occurred. Relying on information obtained through your doctor, you may be entitled to claim compensation for lost wages and for potential future losses in income and job related benefits you suffer through your personal injury claim.

Before signing any documents or accepting a settlement, contact the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III. We can arrange a free consultation with our Florida personal injury attorney to help ensure these costs are covered. Call or contact our Fort Pierce office online today to set up an appointment.

Resources:

cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/disability.html

bls.gov/news.release/disabl.nr0.htm

The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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