Personal Injury FAQs: What To Do If You’ve Been Seriously Injured
Have you been seriously injured? Has your personal and/or work life been significantly impacted? Often, we don't realize how seriously our injuries have affected our quality of life until some time later, when it becomes clear that our personal and/or professional functionality has suffered.
Serious injuries impact more than just those who have suffered from them. It can be a traumatic experience for all those involved, especially when you aren’t sure about your legal rights or next steps. Our team is here to help you throughout your recovery -- physically, financially and emotionally. That’s why we’ve been voted Hamilton’s Best Law Firm and Hamilton’s Best Lawyer in the Personal Injury Law category since 2010.
Personal Injury: Frequently Asked Questions
What constitutes the serious part of “seriously injured”?
The seriousness of an injury is subjective. Its severity can impact your functionality at work or at home, or by otherwise impairing your quality of life.
For example, if you have sustained nerve damage to your hand and can no longer move your pinky finger, it may or may not be considered serious, depending on your personal and professional lived experience.
So, if you’re an accountant and can still type all the numbers, that might not be viewed as a serious injury. But for a surgeon, that pinky could mean the difference between a shaky and a steady scalpel.
Does the seriousness need to impact my earnings?
No. Sometimes, people go back to work and it’s all they can manage, so their personal life and recreational life is significantly impaired. If you are unable to function like you did before your injury, then it can meet the threshold of severity required to make a claim.
For example, if you’re retired, that nerve damage to your hand doesn’t impact your earning capacity. But if you can no longer adequately cook for yourself because of the nerve damage, then you can no longer maintain your quality of life, so it still may be considered serious.
How much time after my injury do I have to make a claim?
Different cases will have different time restraints, so always book a free consultation. However, it’s best to seek legal counsel as soon as you are able.
In many cases, you may not realize that you’ve been “seriously injured” until some time later. Perhaps you went back to work, but eventually realized that it’s all you can manage. So, your personal and recreational life has been impaired, affecting your overall quality of life.
If your quality of life has suffered due to a loss in your personal, physical and/or professional capacity as a result of a previous injury, contact us today for a free consultation.
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