Serious bodily injury is commonly defines as a bodily injury that involves substantial risk of death, extreme physical pain, long lasting and obvious disfigurement, or long lasting loss or impairment of an organ, extremity, or mental faculty. Victims often have difficulty performing tasks they were able to perform prior to their serious bodily injury. Some examples of serious bodily injuries include severe burns, amputations, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, blindness and amputations, but there are many other types of injuries that can be classified as a serious bodily injury. This type of injury can result from a wide variety of causes such as car accidents, sporting activities or dangerous products.
While there are many types of serious bodily injury, some consider spinal injuries to be the most traumatic and damaging. The effects of a spinal injury are often times felt immediately and will almost always last a lifetime. A spinal cord injury can create a wide variety of conditions, including paraplegia (where the lower limbs are paralyzed), quadriplegia (where all four limbs are paralyzed), loss or impairment of motor or verbal skills, inability to breathe independently or chronic pain.
Another very traumatic form of a serious bodily injury is a brain injury. When the brain is injured, the functions of the nerves can be seriously affected. When this happens, the nerves have a difficult time telling the brain what to do. This can seriously affect how the person feels, acts, thinks, and moves the body. In addition, brain injuries can change the complex internal functioning of the body such as temperature regulation, blood pressure, or bowel and bladder control. These changes can be temporary, but are oftentimes permanent. Because of these physical changes, many victims of a serious brain injury face significant obstacles and will routinely have difficulties performing day-to-day tasks.
Whatever the cause, serious bodily injuries require a lifetime of expensive medical care and ongoing treatment. The financial and emotional costs of these types of injuries can be staggering. In addition to the medical expenses, victims of serious bodily injuries are routinely unable to work for months or years after the injury, which just adds to the insurmountable bills to deal with.
If you are the victim of a serious bodily injury as a result of someone else’s negligent conduct, you may be able recover compensation for your injuries, damages for your pain and suffering, and damages to compensate you for loss of earning potential. Because serious bodily injury cases involve large damages and very serious claims, it is important that you hire an attorney who is experienced in these types of cases. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have over 32 years of experience helping Mississippians solve their legal issues. Our attorneys have represented clients who have suffered a serious bodily injury as a result of:
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