“Permanent injury” is a legal term describing an injury that will restrict the employment or activities of the person for the rest of their life. Even years of physical therapy cannot heal such an injury. The permanent injury is one that results in the inability to use an organ for normal activity, even if only in a limited way. This physical or mental damage, also referred to as “permanent disability,” is a major factor in the awarding of damages in a personal injury lawsuit. In a lawsuit to recover damages caused by the negligence of another party, permanent injuries are considered to be more serious than those from which the victim will recover.