A serious injury is one that will require a large amount of medical treatment and care. The damage it causes to the victim is not only physical, but also psychological. Serious injuries can cause the victim to miss work for a significant amount of time, require rehabilitation and/or surgery, or cause long-term consequences. Because these injuries can be life-changing, it is important to understand how to define them and who is legally responsible for them. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate these difficult issues.
A serious injury is defined by a specific set of criteria. In New York, it must be the result of an accident or an exposure to hazardous materials. The exposure must be sufficient to create a realistic risk of future harm. A serious injury can result from exposure to a contaminant in the work place.
A serious injury is defined by the law to be a condition that results in a long-term disability, significant permanent limitations to a body part, or an inability to carry out daily activities. Unlike a minor injury, a serious injury must be permanent and significant enough to limit a person’s daily activities for 90 days. In addition, an injury must be caused by a specific event, such as a car accident.
A serious injury requires long-term hospitalisation or specialist care, and may require a lengthy rehabilitation period. It may also lead to the loss of a limb or a whole organ. Serious injuries may even impair a person’s ability to work, or cause them to take a lower-paying job.
In Pennsylvania, the law defines a serious injury as one that impairs a person’s bodily function, permanently disfigures the victim, or leads to death. While this may not be the case in other states, the definition is similar. Pennsylvania requires drivers to carry a personal injury protection policy (PIP) to cover their own injuries.