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What is a serious injury?

Even if an accident is caused by someone else’s intentional acts or negligence, if the accident does not cause serious injuries, it is usually not necessary to pursue a personal injury claim. When an accident or incident does cause serious injury, however, it is almost always necessary to pursue a personal injury claim against the persons or entities responsible for the injury.

Typically, a serious injury is any injury that will require extended or ongoing medical care, physical or occupational therapy, extended time away from work, resignation from employment, or changes to lifestyle or physical ability. Examples of serious injuries that lead to personal injury claims include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Amputation

Serious injuries often require months or years of medical care, rehabilitation, and therapy, along with medical equipment, adaptive technology and prosthetics, home modifications, or in-home nursing care.