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Delayed Pain and Personal Injury

Personal-Injury-and-Delayed-Pain

A car accident can be an incredibly distressing and upsetting event, not just mentally or emotionally but also physically. The body takes quite a beating in some collisions and the damage done isn’t often most readily seen.

In fact, quite frequently, people involved in an accident don’t immediately notice resulting physical trauma at all. Many notice very few (if any) symptoms and often choose not to see a physician after the accident. It’s extremely important, whether or not one is immediately aware of physical pain or trauma after a car accident, that you take certain precautionary measures to protect yourself from damaging outcomes that often result in these cases.

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Kinds of Personal Injury Damages

When a person is awarded damages in a personal injury case, there is, of course, a distinct rationale behind the monetary award given. In most cases, the intent of monetary damages is to compensate the plaintiff for loss and/or damaging effects that result from an accident.

The defendant, or their insurer, is made to pay the award to the plaintiff (either by a court order or through negotiations) in an effort to make them "whole" of their loss as a result of the accident.

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Personal Injury Damages and What They Cover

Damages awarded in a personal injury case can seek to remedy a variety of issues that result from an accident. Below are a few descriptions of many of the variety of damages (compensatory and punitive) for which a plaintiff may be eligible in a personal injury case.

Medical:
In nearly every personal injury case a plaintiff will seek medical damages. Medical damages are meant to compensate the plaintiff for any medical treatment they have received as a result of the accident as well as an estimate of any future medical treatment to address those injuries or even future injuries that may stem from those injuries.

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Disability and Substance Abuse

Unlike physical disability caused or impacted by ongoing drug or alcohol abuse, mental disability or impairment aggravated by drug use is a very gray area for Social Security administrators to adjudicate.

Disability claims that involve mental impairment and substance abuse often hinge on the same questions physical impairment/substance abuse claims pose. Determining how the claimant’s substance abuse affects their impairment and ability to work is critical to determining eligibility.

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Personal Injury: Alcohol Related Injury

Many states have laws on the books that allow third-party liability claims in personal injury cases involving injuries caused by an intoxicated party. These are typically called "dram shop" claims. The name stems from the unit of measure by which alcohol used to be sold, a dram.

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