By: Allan M. Siegel
If you’ve suffered a personal injury caused by another’s carelessness,
your life is probably negatively impacted. Clearly explaining your injuries
to your lawyer can have an impact on the value of your case and the compensation
you receive. But when your lawyer asks you to remember all the ways an
injury has impacted your life, it can be difficult to remember with precision
all the ways the accident has changed your daily living habits.
How your injury affects your ability to work, your leisure activities,
your relationship with your spouse and your family members (e.g., are
you more irritable?), and your emotional wellbeing are all important factors
to your case.
Here is a list of general life activities that may be affected by your injury:
- Writing / typing
- Holding your cell phone
- Wrapping presents
- Carrying groceries
- Carrying a purse
- Alterations to your sleep schedule
- Using crutches or a cane
- Holding a book or mug
- Wearing high heels
- Kneeling during religious services
- Using a cane
- Feeding/Grooming Pets
- Visiting friends
- Mowing the lawn
- Personal hygiene activities
- Taking out the trash
- Folding laundry
- Household repairs
Your accident could also impact one of the following physical activities:
- Standing / sitting / squatting
- Holding objects
- Standing up
- Standing on one foot or on toes
- Bending over
- Touching toes
Your injury may also harm your relationship with your partner or spouse.
Although it may be embarrassing to discuss these matters with your attorney,
such a discussion may allow your spouse to file what’s known as
a “loss of consortium” claim for compensation as part of your
case. Your activities with your children may also be harmed by your injury.
This too is important to address when discussing how the injury has affected
your life. Typical activities include carrying children, bottle feeding,
changing or dressing, driving them to activities, picking up toys, pushing
strollers, washing or otherwise providing personal care, changing diapers,
packing lunches, disciplining, and sports activities.
personal injury may also cause emotional or psychiatric problems. After an accident, some
injured victims suffer from nightmares, depression, confusion, irritability,
anger, insecurity, fear, phobias, paranoia, and flashbacks.
There are a myriad of other ways your injury may have harmed your life.
If you have sports hobbies that were curtailed by your injury, be sure
to include this in the discussion about your personal injury. Other hobbies
or activities can include things like playing an instrument, meditation,
sewing, photography, motorcycling, or fishing.
It can be hard to keep track of the things you can’t do because of
your injury. Many injured victims find it helpful to keep a diary of how
the accident affected their life. That way they won’t forget that
the injury prevented them from going to an amusement park, a picnic, a
concert, the beach, shopping, a cruise, a museum or the zoo, dancing,
or New Year’s Eve activities. Keeping track of the way an injury
harmed your life can have an impact on your personal injury case. At Chaikin,
Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our personal injury lawyers have
been representing injured victims and their families throughout the Washington,
D.C. metropolitan region for more than four decades. We seek to recover
the highest possible awards for our clients and a full measure of justice
that compensates injured victims for all of their injuries.
Contact us today to request a free consultation.