If My Injuries Are Permanent, What Does That Mean For My Case?

Posted by Bradley Thayer | Sep 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

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If you can prove that the injuries that you suffered as a result of an incident are permanent, then you are able to seek a much higher number in terms of compensation in your potential personal injury case.  Essentially, if you are facing dealing with your injuries and symptoms for the rest of your life, the compensation you can seek in your personal injury claim is much greater (and that's only fair for the reasons discussed below).

What Are Future Economic Damages?

Future economic damages deal with the amount of future medical care (i.e., likely medical bills) your permanent injuries might require.  Future non-economic damages are those like pain, suffering, inconvenience, etc. essentially, damages for having to live with the pain and symptoms on a permanent basis (e.g. disability). 

Economic & Non-Economic Damages

Permanent injuries might require a great deal more future medical care and this would require a much higher number in terms of likely medical bills an injured person would seek to be compensated for.  If his or her permanent injuries affect his or her ability to perform his or her job duties for the rest of his or her life, this could lead to significantly more economic or non-economic damages (depending) sought. 

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Involving a Medical Provider is Expensive But Necessary 

It is common knowledge that doctors' time is valuable.  It is obvious, then, that it could be expensive for an injured person to involve their doctor in their personal injury claim and their pursuit of fair compensation.  At the same time, again, where the injured person has the burden of proving the extent of their injuries, that expense is often necessary.  This is why involving a personal injury attorney can be a value add for injured persons. 

A personal injury attorney can advance the cost of a doctor's time and assist in learning and obtaining a doctor's opinions.  Then, an injured person doesn't have to bear that expense out of their own pocket initially and they can gain clarity on what their future prognosis is from a medical perspective.  Additionally, clarity is gained as to the strength of the injured person's personal injury case as well.

Can you meet your burden of proof? Call one of our personal injury attorneys today to discuss your specific circumstances.

Further, because permanent injuries will require many more years of affected activities and impairment and a generally lower quality of life – the number in terms of what amount that injured person would seek as fair compensation is likely much greater.

Burden of Proof

In summary, essentially, where an injured person can meet their burden of proof that they were permanently injured in an incident, they are able to seek a much higher potential recovery as fair compensation.

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About the Author

Bradley Thayer

Brad Thayer is a partner at the Schauermann Thayer firm. Brad is licensed in both Oregon and Washington. He has been practicing law since 2015. He was presented the 2018 Rising Star Award by the Clark County Bar Association. Brad's practice focuses on automobile collision, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian injury, dog bite, and myriad other types of injury and insurance cases. During his free time, Brad enjoys following the Portland Trail Blazers, playing basketball, going to concerts, and playing the drums. He especially enjoys hiking in the Columbia River Gorge and exploring other Northwest wonders.

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