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What is Physical Impairment?

Being injured in an accident can be devastating to every aspect of one’s life. When your injury is the result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you are entitled to seek damages, including your loss of earning capacity and pain and suffering. Sometimes, though, an injury is so severe that it causes a degree of suffering beyond lost finances. If your lifestyle has been changed as a result of your injury, you may be qualified to file a lawsuit for physical impairment.

At the The Krist Law Firm, P.C. we understand how difficult it can be to be forced to give up the things you love in life. Call (281) 283-8500 now to see how our Houston personal injury lawyers can get you the funds you deserve.

Defining Physical Impairment?

While there is no single, authoritative definition of physical impairment, it is generally considered to be an injury that results in loss of enjoyment in life. It goes beyond mere pain and suffering; an injury that causes physical impairment prevents you from doing the things you love. Examples of physical impairment are losing the ability walk, run, climb, type, dance, and even work. In medical terms, an injury that would qualify you for physical impairment might include any physical condition or disorder that affects one of the major body systems.

Imagine, for example, a professional ballerina who becomes paralyzed when she is hit by a car. This person has not only suffered a debilitating injury, she has also lost the ability to work and engage in an activity she loves. Not being able to perform ballet may cause a loss of enjoyment in life, thereby resulting in physical impairment.

How Does One Prove Physical Impairment?

In many cases, the perpetrators of an accident may not pay for your damages willingly. Instead, those responsible and their insurance companies will do everything their power to prove you were responsible for the injury, or that your condition was pre-existing before the accident. With the help of a skilled attorney, you can win your lawsuit and bring justice to those who tore your life apart.

The first step to winning your case is proving that you were not at fault for the accident. Whether that requires conducting an independent investigation or hiring the most expensive expert witnesses, showing that you were the victim of another’s actions is key to making your case. Another important element in helping your suit reach a desirable outcome is proving your physical impairment in court. This can be done by showing medical records and proving that your condition is not pre-existing.

Contact The Krist Law Firm Today

Losing the ability to do what you love is the most severe consequence of sustaining an injury. If you believe that you deserve to be compensated for physical impairment, call the physical impairment lawyers with The Krist Law Firm today at (281) 283-8500 for a free consultation. Do not be taken advantage of. We will use our experience and the resources at our disposal to get you the compensation you deserve.