Catastrophic Injuries

Serious Injury causing Death from jobs or motorcycle accidents

Catastrophic Injury

On the face of it, a personal injury claim (commonly known as a “tort”) is straightforward. If you or a loved one were injured, you will need to prove that the person or company that caused the injury is liable for the injuries and damages (losses) you sustained. Many accidents lead to permanent injury and disability. In order to ensure any victim is fairly compensated for these injuries, he or she needs legal assistance immediately.

An experienced attorney works to present clear and fully documented evidence regarding the nature and extent of the injuries and damages. Many individuals assume compensation is limited to medical bills and lost income, but also the goal is to be compensated for pain and suffering and to further ensure the person obtains the funds necessary to have financial security and appropriate medical care for years to come. This may include help around the house if the individual can no longer complete these tasks on their own, personal care, and more.

Types Of Catastrophic Injuries

  • Amputation
  • Closed Head Injuries
  • Coordination Issues
  • Extensive Scarring or Disfigurement
  • Eye Injuries
  • Impaired memory
  • Loss of One or More Senses
  • Organ Damage
  • Paralysis
  • Permanent Back or Neck Disc Damage
  • Problems with Mental Tasks
  • Seizures
  • Severe Burns
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

How Compensation Is Determined

doctor hospitalPersonal injury attorneys will look at several factors when arriving at a fair settlement amount. Many people simply look at medical bills and time lost from work and accept a settlement based on those two figures. What they may not take into consideration in a case of this type is the physical, emotional, and financial toll this accident has taken not only on the victim but also on other family members as well. For example, a person may need around-the-clock care. Who will provide this and how will they be paid? If a family member is taking on this responsibility, will they be quitting a job to do so? This loss of income needs to be factored in also, and these are the types of issues a good accident attorney ensures are not overlooked.

Outside medical experts are most often needed to help determine the exact extent of the injuries, along with financial experts to determine the financial losses. An attorney works with a network of professionals in a variety of fields to make this assessment and provide numbers that are fair, reasonable, and accurate. Every component needs to be examined and a solid case built that clearly and persuasively presents to the responsible party’s representatives or to a court – the full amount of damages and injuries so fair and complete compensation is received. This may also include economic experts, medical experts, and experts in life care planning, along with numerous other potential experts.

Why is this of Importance

When a person is catastrophically injured, their entire life changes. Some victims experience a change in personality, either with or without accompanying physical symptoms, and others develop speech or comprehension problems. Chronic pain may become an issue for the person, which can be a challenge for others who need to provide assistance. The problem also, many of these outcomes may not be seen or become apparent for a period of time after the accident. Others appear to abate and it is assumed the person will continue to improve, yet they do not. They hit a plateau and never move forward. This likewise must be considered as the attorney works to determine the degrees of injuries, and experts are critical in determining the effects of the injury years or even decades into the future.

What Compensation should be Considered

When it comes to compensation, the attorney looks at lost wages directly tied to time missed after the accident, future wages that will be diminished or lost as a result of any permanent disability, medical bills, and more. This includes things such as emergency medical care, ongoing rehabilitation, and therapy that may continue for years or a lifetime, and specialized care resulting from the injuries. The attorney ensures no area of damage or loss is overlooked or neglected.

When working with our personal injury attorneys, clients find that we do not focus solely on the compensation to be obtained through the case. We work to assist victims in the aftermath of their catastrophic injury, as the accident often has far-reaching effects on the victim and his or her loved ones. Our client’s best interests always remain our top priority. Contact our office today, so we can handle the legal aspects of the case. Your job is to work to recover as much function as is physically possible after the accident to live a full life. Let us take care of the rest.