What Are Catastrophic Injuries?
Any accident, whether big or small, has the potential to cause property damages, or leave you with injuries. Some, however, lead to far more grave results. Catastrophic injuries have the potential to cause permanent, life-changing damage to victims.
Dealing with catastrophic injuries is never easy: from the impact of the injuries itself, to the often staggering financial burden of your medical bills and loss of income.
Read on to learn more about what catastrophic injuries are and how a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer can help.
Examples of Catastrophic Injuries
The legal definition of catastrophic injury refers to an injury to the head, neck, spine, or similar area. These injuries are potentially fatal, or cause cognitive or physical disabilities.
Some commonly cited examples of catastrophic injury include:
- Severe disfigurement
- Severe burns
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Amputation or loss of limb
After suffering an injury of this magnitude, life can become difficult for survivors. The things you used to do can become impossible, taking a significant emotional toll. On top of all this, you have medical bills and a lost earning capacity to worry about.
Nothing can make your accident go away, but financial compensation can help make life more comfortable. If you’ve suffered any of the above injuries due to the negligence or carelessness of someone else, contacting an attorney can help you better understand your options.
Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
The causes of catastrophic injury vary wildly, but a list with examples would have to include some of the following:
- Workplace accidents
- Car, truck, or motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Sporting accidents
- Intentional acts, such as violent assault with a weapon
- Medical errors
Damages You Can Receive in a Catastrophic Injury Settlement
Filing a claim against the person or entity responsible for your injuries could help you receive financial compensation for the catastrophic injuries you’ve suffered.
Of all personal injury disputes, it’s perhaps never more important to fully understand the scope of your losses and the value of your claim when suing for a catastrophic accident.
The grave nature of catastrophic injuries means victims are often left with lifelong disabilities and ever-changing needs. The costs of supporting yourself financially after one of these accidents is often the motive for filing suit.
Consulting a trusted doctor and your catastrophic injury attorney can help you get a clear idea of the types of damages you should receive in a settlement. Some of these include compensation for:
- Emergency room fees
- Out-patient therapy services
- In-home accommodation fees
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Lost income and diminished earning potential
- Handicap accessible transportation
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
One of the worst mistakes you can make after suffering a catastrophic injury is assuming the at-fault party’s insurance company is going to pay for all of your losses unprompted. In reality, insurance companies will try to pay you the least amount possible in a settlement package in order to protect its own bottom lines.
If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury, it’s imperative an experienced attorney review your case before you accept any early offer to settle. You may want to represent yourself, but the insurance adjusters are trained to use anything you say against you.
At The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, we know what it means to have your life changed overnight in an accident, which is why we’re ready to stand up for you and help you secure the compensation you really deserve after an accident.
Contact a Catastrophic Injury Settlement Lawyer
When you’ve suffered catastrophic injuries caused by another person or entity, you know the stakes are high. Don’t let the insurance company deny you the compensation you and your loved ones need. A personal injury lawyer from The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo and review your case for free.
Give us a call at 561-659-6366 or fill out the form below to get started today.