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Are Your Injuries Considered Short-Term or Long-Term?

After being involved in an automobile accident, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately – not only because it is the right thing to do for your health, but because you will need a formal evaluation of how likely it is you will make a full recovery and how long that will take. In order to assist you in getting the compensation you will need while you recover, an automobile accident attorney will need a formal diagnosis of the extent of your injuries, and whether they are considered short-term or long-term.

Legal definition of an injury

Beyond everyday usage, the word “injury” has a particular definition under civil law. It means you have suffered physical or emotional pain and suffering. It also encompasses damage or loss of your reputation, dignity, legal rights, real or personal property, or contracted agreement. In this particular post, we’re focusing on physical injuries, which are typically divided into categories based on severity and how long they are likely to impede your daily life.

Short-term injuries following a car accident

Short-term injuries following an auto collision may include the following:

  • Cuts and bruises
  • Broken bone
  • Sprain
  • Dislocated shoulder

Note that categorizing an injury as short-term does not mean it is minor, but rather that you are expected to fully recover within a reasonable period. Even an injury from which you are expected to recover fairly quickly can cause extreme pain and require you to take time away from work and other responsibilities in order to heal. Additionally, an injury that might initially be categorized as short-term could develop into something long-term or even permanent (e.g., complications from a broken leg that leave you permanently impaired). This is why it is important to speak to an experienced auto accident injury lawyer as soon as possible, so they can follow your treatment and accurately evaluate ongoing losses and needs.

Long-term auto accident injuries

Any injury expected to affect your life for years or permanently can be considered long-term. These tend to be more severe from the start, and include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Loss of a limb
  • Loss of a sense (e.g., sight)
  • Spine or spinal cord injury

Beyond the severe pain and suffering that typically accompany long-term injuries, you will likely lose significant time from work or might even be unable to work again in your chosen field. You may also lose the ability to enjoy hobbies and social activities like sports or require assistive equipment for the rest of your life, such as a cane or specially equipped bathroom. These and other concerns only compound the hardship of the injury itself, which is why a car accident lawyer will seek the maximum compensation for your long-term injuries and losses.

Contact an experienced Los Angeles auto accident attorney today

Whether your injuries are considered short-term or long-term, you deserve the best possible representation following your car accident. Schedule an appointment with trusted LA attorney Scott J. Corwin immediately at 800-946-9440 or contact our office for more information.


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