A permanent disability limits your ability to perform routine, basic tasks. They are painful, expensive and dramatically reduce a person’s quality of life. Permanent disabilities can also impact a victim’s ability to earn an income, making the challenges even greater.
The attorneys at Guajardo & Marks fight to make sure our clients get the compensation they deserve after suffering a debilitating, permanent injury. If your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help you hold that person accountable for their actions.
When Permanent Disabilities Are Caused by Injury
Though some disabilities can be caused by disease or illness, many are caused by injuries suffered in an accident. Two of the most common causes of serious injuries are vehicle crashes and workplace accidents.
Vehicle crashes: Injuries suffered in vehicle accidents can be some of the most severe a person can suffer. Common crash types include:
- Head-on collisions
- Side-impact collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Collisions with heavy trucks.
When a negligent driver or defective vehicle causes permanent disability…
Personal injury claims provide the victim of a negligent driver the chance to seek compensation for their medical bills, loss of income, ongoing care and pain and suffering. If a defective vehicle or vehicle part caused a person permanent injury, the victim can take legal action against the manufacturer for their damages. These cases are called automotive product liability cases.
Workplace injuries: On-the-job injuries, especially those that lead to permanent disability, often happen in industries that rely on manual labor, heavy equipment, grueling work environments and/or frequent travel. This includes:
- Construction worker injuries (falls, scaffolding collapses)
- Oilfield injuries (explosions, falls)
- Manufacturing injuries (repetitive stress injuries, amputations)
- Transportation-related injuries (vehicle crashes).
When a worker suffers a permanent disability on the job…
They are entitled to compensation for the wages they will lose due to their injury. A workplace injury can be total (completely unable to work) or partial (limited in their ability to work). A worker’s compensation will also include other costs suffered because of their injuries, including medical bills, ongoing care, medication costs, pain and suffering.
While not every worker is covered by workers’ compensation insurance, all workers have the right to pursue some form of compensation for the injuries they have suffered in their workplace. If an employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance, a worker might be able to seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim.
Examples of Permanent Disability
- Traumatic brain injury, resulting in brain damage, cognitive impairment or reduced mental capacity
- Spinal cord injuries, resulting in paralysis
- Loss of limbs or fingers due to an amputation
- Complex fractures, such as shattered hips, knees, ankles or wrists
The common link between all of these injuries is the fact that they are all incredibly expensive to treat, require a significant amount of ongoing care and result in a diminished capacity to perform basic tasks. They are also extremely painful and take a great toll on a victim and their family. These are all factors that an attorney will consider when determining the amount of compensation their client should seek when filing an injury claim. While there is no amount of money that will ever make a victim’s life normal again, they can and should be given compensation to help them cope with challenges posed by their disability.
Guajardo & Marks Can Help
The personal injury attorneys at Guajardo & Marks have years of experience in dealing with complex cases that require a great deal of attention, investigation and dedication. Let us put our experience and our resources to work for you or your loved ones. If you have suffered an injury that has left you permanently disabled, contact Guajardo & Marks to learn how we can help.