Any injury is usually a “serious Injury” to the person feeling the pain at the time. But some injuries simply don’t rise to the level of being called a serious injury. Injuries such as small bruises, muscle strains and sprains etc.., usually will resolve in appearance and symptoms within a few to several weeks.
“Serious Injuries” are those injuries that cause a person’s life to be significantly altered for some period of time, due to the nature and duration of the injury and symptoms. Broken bones, ruptured spine discs, ongoing concussion symptoms etc…the list is almost endless. Some serious injuries never go away.
When the injury is serious enough, and it affects a person’s quality of daily life and range of life activities, it is often assigned a Permanent Impairment Rating, under the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. The Impairment rating system assists health care professionals to place an objective numerical percentage rating on the extent of loss of a particular body part or system.
Medical Impairment, however, is not be confused with the concept of disability. For example, a 50 year old plumber with an 8th grade education will be much more disabled with a broken spine, than a highly educated person whose career may not depend on physical labor; same medical impairment, but different level of disability.
In sum, the concept of what is “serious” is in “the eye of the beholder” so to speak; but when something is serious, the McKnight Law Firm is ready to assist.