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How To Prove Loss Of Enjoyment Of Life
One of the non-economic, or general, damages you can get compensation for in a personal injury claim is loss of enjoyment in life. It’s not the same as pain and suffering, but it’s a result of injuries incurred in an accident.
Because this damage is not physical, proving it may be more difficult than demonstrating a fractured leg. However, Texas Personal Injury Lawyers will assess your situation and build a claim for compensation on your behalf.
If you are the victim of someone else’s actions or negligence, our lawyers can assist you. Call us at (888) 997-2148 now for a free, no-obligation consultation.
What Is Loss Of Enjoyment Of Life?
Loss of enjoyment of life, in legal terms, refers to how a significant injury influences your quality of life.
The loss of pleasure in life is usually caused by a limitation in the ability to perform activities similar to those previously enjoyed, such as working or playing sports. However, according to personal injury law, the loss of enjoyment of life must be caused by a loss of function, pain, or other factors that are directly connected to the personal injury.
What Kinds Of Injuries Can Impair Your Ability To Enjoy Life?
There are a number of issues that might prevent someone from living life to the fullest. In most cases, they are severe injuries with a long-term, life-altering impact.
Catastrophic injuries are those that result in significant physical limitations, such as paralysis or discomfort, and those that might result in significant psychological trauma, such as disfigurement and scarring.
- Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can affect individuals of all ages and backgrounds, although they are most common among children and young people. The majority of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) result from a blow to the skull or a jolt to the body, causing the brain to strike the inside wall of the skull.
TBI is an acquired brain damage that may be caused by a head collision or a fall. This condition can be induced by a head collision or a fall. If you awaken with headaches, nausea, seizures, and convulsions following being unconscious for more than 30 minutes, you could have a minor TBI.
Each of these symptoms, on its own or in conjunction with others, may have a negative influence on a person’s quality of life.
- Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can result in loss of motor function and paralysis. Some spinal cord injuries leave victims with little to no movement below the neck. Regardless of whether they were previously active or inactive, these individuals will generally be unable to participate in many, if not all, of their former activities.
- Soft Tissue Injuries Limiting Range Of Motion And Function
Soft tissue injuries can be caused by a number of factors, including muscular, ligamentous, and tendon damage. They are most common in automobile accidents and include:
- Sprains, especially wrist and ankle
- Strains, especially in the back, calf, and hamstring
- Tendonitis, particularly in the elbow
While you may feel soreness and stiffness, most of these injuries are minor. Long-term consequences might be significant, particularly for athletes and others who rely on their range of motion and function.
According to a prominent legal work on workers’ compensation, a significant loss that restricts one’s job or pleasure may be compensated for the loss of life enjoyment.
- Injuries Resulting In Chronic Pain
It’s natural to feel pain following an accident; it’s the body’s way of letting you know you’ve been injured. When discomfort persists beyond the time required for the injury to heal, it has no further use for the sufferer. Those who endure chronic severe agony suffer both physical and mental damage.
Chronic pain puts your body under significant stress. The discomfort does not have to be severe in order for the long-term reduction in pleasure of life to have a serious impact. Chronic pain causes insomnia, anxiety, sadness, and other mood changes as well as work and social interaction impairments.
- Injuries Resulting In Loss Of Hearing Or Sight
Blindness or hearing loss, or both, may be catastrophic; it affects how someone with a visual impairment acts, communicates, and cares for themselves on a daily basis. It raises the need for adapted technology while reducing freedom and independence.
A traffic accident might result in a variety of injuries, including brain damage and paralysis. Medical treatment, travel arrangements, missed work time, lost wages while away from work (both pre-injury and career), pain and suffering damages, property damage expenses, miscellaneous legal fees, as well as automobile repair costs are all possible consequences.
- Scarring And Disfigurement
Accidents might result in severe scarring or disfigurement, which can have a significant impact on one’s overall quality of life. When the scars or disfigurement are located on the face or are easily visible, and especially if the victim is young, this changeover is particularly harmful.
Keloid, which is referred to as scar tissue by surgeons, is not only regarded unsightly but also less flexible. Scar tissue can restrict the mobility of facial muscles, making it difficult to smile. In some situations, plastic surgery or prosthetics may be used to repair flaws; however, psychological trauma might take years of therapy.
Even after recovering, the injured person is unlikely to return to his or her previous enjoyment of life.
- Evidence In Support Of Damages For Lost Enjoyment Of Life
Damages for loss of enjoyment of life are focused on the future rather than the past. People who have recovered from an accident begin to compare their current circumstances with what they were before the event.
So, How Do You Calculate Compensation And Show The Loss Of Enjoyment Of Life?
As with all non-monetary losses, demonstrating a loss of enjoyment of life might be tough. There are no records to show your dissatisfaction or inability to do the activities you used to enjoy. You’ll have to demonstrate that you genuinely liked and participated in what you claim was taken away from you.
A neurologist may analyze your medical records and explain why you have lost particular skills, as well as how that loss affects your capacity to perform activities. Friends and family members might offer testimonials about your previous life, provide photographic evidence of your condition, and talk about things you can no longer do.
Texas Personal Injury Lawyers can assist you in building the most effective case feasible to demonstrate your losses of enjoyment of life as a result of an accident.
With Texas Personal Injury Lawyers, You May Schedule A Free Case Evaluation Now
If you or someone you know has lost enjoyment of life because of a personal injury, you may be eligible for compensation. A qualified personal injury attorney at Texas Personal Injury Lawyers can offer a no-cost initial consultation and case evaluation. Allow us to assist you in getting the greatest possible outcome in your case.
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