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Everybody knows what an injury is. But when it comes to injuries, it’s important to understand how severe an injury is. A broken arm is not the same as a stubbed toe. That’s an easy comparison.
However, did you know that whiplash might not necessarily be classed as a serious injury? Complicated, isn’t it? This is why we have written this post so you know exactly what classifies as a serious injury. Read on to find out.
What The Law Says
Strictly speaking, a serious injury is defined as an injury that could likely result in a fatality or death. All injuries are different and complex, some with long-lasting consequences both physically and emotionally.
It can be an unpleasant thing to have to think about, but the law states that serious injuries can be broken down into specific categories that include death, disfigurement, dismemberment, and a fracture.
This might not even happen straight away. If you have had a recent injury, it may develop over time and later become classified as serious.
Serious injuries can then be classified further based on where they happened. For example, there are personal injuries as well as bodily injuries.
If you’re unsure of the difference between personal injuries vs bodily injuries, take a look at this comparison.
What Are Some Common Causes of Serious Injury?
Accidents can happen anywhere which may lead to serious injury. The most likely places, however, tend to be: accidents at work due to unsafe environments, public place accidents, car accidents (negligent drivers), as well as industry diseases and illnesses.
Whether you have been involved in a car accident or have been exposed to dangerous chemicals at work over a period of time, both situations have the potential to result in serious injury.
What To Do Next After You’ve Been Seriously Injured
If you have been unfortunate enough to have been in a serious accident which has resulted in a serious injury, the first thing you will need to do is visit your doctor. A doctor is the only person, legally, who can determine whether your injury is a severe injury or not.
Brain or spinal cord injuries, as well as chronic pain or severe post-traumatic stress disorder, all fall under the bracket of severe injury. This is why it is so crucial to see your doctor as soon as possible to get the correct diagnosis.
You may also have to make significant changes to your life as a result of your serious injuries. It can be a very exhausting time for you and your loved ones. You may even need to adapt your home, workplace, or entire routine because of your accident.
Serious Injuries Can Alter Your Life
So, now you know how to classify a serious injury, as well as some causes and what to do if you’ve been seriously injured.
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