Within personal injury law most of the settlements will be based upon the determination of pain and suffering. If you’ve been injured then you know how much some injuries can hurt, even if they don’t have external effects. A lot of times, emotional pain and suffering can play a very large role as well. No matter the actual injury sustained, what will determine your settlement is the actual amount of pain that you suffered.
In this article we’re going to cover what qualifies as a serious injury and how to tell if your injury falls under this scope. If you’re hurt you’ll want to take the time to figure out if your injury is serious or not, this will help you to determine if you have a potential case or not.
What defines a serious injury?
For something to qualify as a serious injury, there are a few different elements that come into play. Most of the differences occur because of the rules and regulations in different countries. However, almost all of them take the following into effect: the type of injuries sustained, how long you are unable to work, how long it takes to recover, and how long you are in the hospital.
What scales are used to measure how severe an injury actually is?
There are three main scales that are used to determine the severity of your injury. They are, the abbreviated injury scale, the maximum abbreviated injury scale, and the injury severity score.
The Abbreviated Injury Scale is a type of scale that’s used around the world to determine the severity of the injury across nine varying regions of the body.
The Maximum Abbreviate Injury Scale, is the same as the previous, only it addresses the the maximum of the AIS score for each of the nine regions identified.
The last is the Injury Severity Score. This is a number score that that is found in the evaluation of all of your injuries.
All of these scales aid in determining the overall severity of your injury, and the overall amount of money you may be compensated.
Is anything else considered in determining the overall pain of the injury?
Besides just the physical severity of your injuries your emotional suffering is also factored into the equation. Figuring out the price of pain and suffering is more of an art than a science. It requires the consideration of the physical pain, and other factors such as the effect short-teem and long-term that it will have on a person’s life.
Also, the overall medical costs are taken into effect. So, the more expensive the hospital bills, the higher the amount awarded will be.
I hope this article has been helpful and you have a greater understanding of what requirements you must meet in order for your injury to be classified as serious. If you think you may have suffered a serious injury it can be helpful to talk to a lawyer that has worked with cases that are similar to yours. They’ll be able to provide you with a good estimate if your injury will classify as serious or not.
Zane Schwarzlose writes for the Kyle Law Firm, a personal injury law firm in New Braunfels, Texas. Zane is lucky to have never had a personal injury.
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