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Disabling Injury

Last updated: November 10, 2018

What Does Disabling Injury Mean?

A disabling injury refers to an injury that results in either death or permanent disability, or temporary total disability after the day of injury. This type of injury impairs a person’s ability to perform the tasks he or she had been doing prior to the injury. Temporary total disability renders the injured person unable to perform regular activities after the injury.

Safeopedia Explains Disabling Injury

A disabling injury impairs one’s ability to do the same job as he used to do before the injury. Disabling injuries might result in an individual's:

  • Inability to perform tasks or day to day jobs
  • Failure to adjust to a new job
  • Sustained disabled condition until death from his or her ailment

Impairments caused by disabling injuries include:

  • Musculoskeletal system - trauma to joints and spine, amputations, soft tissue damage and bone fractures
  • Senses and speech - a loss of the ability to speak, see and/or hear
  • Respiratory system disorders or performance degradation
  • Cardiovascular system - chronic heart failure or heart transplants
  • Digestive and genitourinary system injury
  • Neurological disorders - partial brain cell damage in injury
  • Mental disorders - personality and anxiety disorders, reduced mental capacity due to shock during the injury

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