Catastrophic injuries are ones that permanently disable a person to the point where they cannot work or live without assistance. They may involve long term disfigurement, disability or debilitation. Often multiple surgeries result, as well as long-term medical care. If a person is no longer able to perform life’s functions without assistance as the result of an injury, that injury may be deemed catastrophic. Victims of catastrophic injuries often experience extended hospital stays. They may require assistance to walk or to regain mobility. They may be left experiencing life from a wheelchair, blind or paralyzed.
Examples of catastrophic injuries might include traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injuries, injuries that paralyze all or parts of the body, amputations, severe burns, organ damage, head trauma, neck trauma, eye injury or severe disfigurement. Any injury that seriously compromises quality of life and that is expected to continue for a long period of time is considered catastrophic.
If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury because of another person’s negligence or intent, you have the right to sue that person to seek compensation for the pain, anguish and expenses involved.
Examples of Catastrophic Injury Cases
If a construction worker falls from a scaffolding that wasn’t properly affixed, and the worker severs his spinal cord as a result, this could justify a catastrophic injury claim. Or if a pilot received severe burns because a commercial plane wasn’t properly maintained, this, too, could qualify as a case. Of course, the amount of injury sustained and how well the victim is able to recover from it also play roles in whether compensation is granted and how much is deemed justifiable.
Proving Catastrophic Injury
Several situations can result in catastrophic injury that make them easier to prove: injury as the result of another person’s negligence, injury as the result of another person’s intentions, or injury as the result of a defective or dangerous product. In these types of cases, evidence is key and lies largely with the medical professionals who are treating the victim. Compensation will depend on how long the claimant will need medical care, to what extent that care is required, and how much it’s expected to cost. Without these key elements, winning a claim for catastrophic injury is difficult if not impossible.
Types of Compensation for Catastrophic Injury
Someone who has suffered a catastrophic injury may be eligible for compensation for a number of reasons. First and foremost is medical compensation to pay for a lifetime of necessary care and treatment. But the victim has other rights as well: compensation for lost wages, lost future wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, permanent disability and loss of enjoyment of life.
Suffering an injury of this degree is life-changing at best. At its worst, it’s completely debilitating. To go from being someone who’s independent and financially secure to being someone who’s wholly dependent on others just to stay alive comes with an overwhelming sense of loss and suffering. If this has happened to you, you owe it to yourself to seek the justice you deserve.
Identifying Who’s to Blame
Deciding who’s at fault for a catastrophic injury may sound simple, but that’s rarely the case. Because lawsuits of this type typically require such large financial compensation, it’s vital to identify everyone involved who may be at fault so they can help share in the expenses of the injured party. This is where a law firm experienced in catastrophic injury is necessary. An attorney who is well versed in this area is the best one to perform a thorough investigation and bring back a detailed report. Identifying all the extenuating factors and aggressively pursuing them is the only way to attain a fair and complete settlement for the injured party.
If you’re seeking help with your personal injury claim that involves a catastrophic injury, call our law firm today. Our lawyers have decades of combined experience in seeking compensation for severe, life-altering injuries. You’ve suffered enough, you shouldn’t have to worry about how to meet your financial obligations as well. Call us today or fill out our free case evaluation to begin reclaiming your life. We’ll help get justice for you, for your family and for everyone who depends on you for their monetary support