TOP 10 TIPS FOR THE INJURED 3 Any injury that impacts your body and your life in a serious way is a serious injury. Yes, you read that correctly - any injury. For example, if a nurse negligently sticks you with a sterile needle, then no big deal, it’s just a minor prick to your skin with no serious consequences. However, if a nurse negligently sticks you with an HIV-infected needle, that same minor prick to your skin is now a serious injury. Injuries can come in physical, emotional, or psychological form and oftentimes entail all three. Objectively speaking, there are a number of injuries that are serious by their very nature. Some examples of such serious injuries include: WHAT IS A SERIOUS INJURY? It bears repeating that even small or seemingly minor injuries can result in major disruptions to your life. Furthermore, the same injury to different people can result in very different outcomes. A young student who breaks their wrist may heal well and have little to no disruption to their daily life. A construction worker, however, might develop a seriously debilitating condition, such as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSD), and lose their job or even career and require vocational retraining. As you can see, classifying exactly what a serious injury is does not follow any strict set of rules. It simply comes down to how the injury impacts your life and the consequences that follow your personal injury accident. Wrongful death Traumatic brain injury and brain damage Neurological and nerve damage Spinal cord injuries, including partial, full, temporary, and/or permanent paralysis Loss of limb (amputation) Fractures and broken bones Organ and internal damage Torn ligaments and tendons k Deformation, major scarring, loss of muscular use Loss of sight, hearing, or speech Severe infection Second-degree or third-degree burns Post-traumatic stress syndrome Severe depression, anxiety, and other severe mental health illnesses k k k k k k k k k k k k k TOP 10 TIPS FOR THE SERIOUSL Y INJURED 800-818-1818 •