Diminished Quality of Life in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
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What is Diminished Quality of Life?
Quality of life, or “QOL”, is a term used to describe a person’s ability to enjoy well-being and various aspects of normal functioning. The term is quite broad and can include a number of physical, mental, and social factors, such as the person’s medical health, as well as their ability to interact with other persons. In some cases, it can also refer to measurable factors such as income level or other economic considerations.
In a personal injury case, “quality of life” often refers to a person’s state after an injury has occurred. A “diminished quality of life” may refer to a lessening of the person’s ability to perform certain tasks, to enjoy certain activities, or lost earning capacity (the exact terminology may depend on region and jurisdiction).
What are Some Examples of Injuries Involved in Diminished Quality of Life?
Certain types of injuries are frequently associated with a diminished quality of life. These may include injuries such as:
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of limb
- Serious bodily injury
- Spinal or brain injuries
- Various other types injuries
These types of injuries may occur through different incidents, such as car accidents, sports accidents, work injuries, and other similar situations.
Are There any Legal Remedies for Diminished Quality of Life?
Diminished quality of life in an injury case is usually factored into the calculation of damages. Depending on the type of injury, and the extent of the diminished quality, this can vary from case to case. Also, some jurisdictions may place limitations on these damages amounts, especially when it comes to medical malpractice cases.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Assistance with Diminished Quality of Life Legal Issues?
Accidents resulting in a diminished quality of life typically entail serious physical injury. You may need to hire a personal injury attorney in your area if you or a loved one of yours needs legal representation for a claim. Your lawyer can represent you in court and can also perform legal research to address your inquiries or concerns.
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Last Modified: 05-16-2016 04:08 PM PDT
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