Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Common Residual or Permanent Injuries

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Apr 12, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

After suffering an injury in any sort of accident for which someone else was at fault, you are generally advised to wait until you have reached the point of maximum medical improvement before sending a demand letter for injury compensation to the relevant insurance company. “Maximum medical improvement” refers to the point at which your treating doctors believe that you have healed as fully as you are likely to heal, and that further medical intervention will not result in any additional improvement. For some patients, this means that they have recovered completely from their injuries, as though the accident never happened. Unfortunately, many accident victims are not so lucky. When they reach their maximum medical improvement, they still have some pain, stiffness, limited mobility, or other impairment that did not exist before their accident. These impairments are not expected to improve with time or treatment, remaining a permanent fixture in the patient’s life. These permanent injuries may prevent the accident victim from returning to a previous job or recreational activities, or impose other disruptive changes in the victim’s life. These long-term consequences are compensable harm, just as much as the medical bills, lost wages, and physical and emotional suffering that the victim incurred during treatment.

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Topics: Permanent Injury, injury compensation, residual injuries

How Long-Term Injuries Affect the Value of Your Claim

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jan 06, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

 One of the more unsettling diagnoses that one can hear after being injured in an accident is that the injuries sustained will never completely heal, that some lasting effect will remain on one's body even after recovery is complete. Injuries with enduring physical consequences, termed “residual injuries” in the jargon of injury claims, are considered to have a greater significant impact on your life – even if they only cause you a fairly minor impairment – because they are permanent. As such, residual injuries tend to increase the overall sum of your injury damages, including those damages awarded for pain and suffering.

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Topics: Injuries, injury compensation, residual injuries, long-term injuries

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