When you are in an accident, you will suffer a range of injuries, but some are so severe they have a different designation. Injuries that cause significant impairment to your life are catastrophic. You will never be the same after you suffer from a catastrophic injury.
Additionally, these injuries are so severe that you will be unable to complete even the simplest of tasks, such as eating, drinking, or dressing. You will need a highly skilled Calhoun personal injuries lawyer from John Foy & Associates to get the maximum compensation for these injuries and losses.
Impacts of a Catastrophic Injury
Some impacts of a catastrophic injury on your life include:
- Multiple surgeries
- Inability to work for a long-time or permanently
- In-home care expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Changing your career
- Chronic pain
- Dependency on medication
When liability is clear and substantial evidence is found in discovery, you can settle within a year or two. In other cases, a lawsuit will need to be filed, resulting in over two years before you can reach a settlement. While we will work to settle your claim as fast as possible, we will not settle for an unfair amount.
You need compensation to adjust to your new life; if you take less than what your case is worth, you will find it challenging to live a comfortable life.
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Defining a Catastrophic Injury
The term catastrophic sounds extreme because it is. Essentially any injury that results in disfigurement, permanent disability, or death is catastrophic; the designation of catastrophic relates to the severity of the damage. Some common examples of a catastrophic injury are:
- Loss of hearing
- Any condition that reduces your quality of life
Catastrophic injury cases result in higher compensation awards but are also very contentious and can take years to settle. It is challenging to get the catastrophic injury designation, and you will need to have a lawyer help you prove your injury is very severe and you will be unable to recover from it.
The Causes of a Catastrophic Injury
Since catastrophic injuries are so severe, you might be under the impression that it will take something especially traumatic to cause them. There are many ways you can suffer a catastrophic injury, the most common causes of catastrophic injury are:
- Defective products
- Truck accidents
- Construction accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Dangerous premises
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace incident
While some of these, like medical malpractice, can be shocking and rare, others, like motor vehicle accidents, are prevalent. You may be unaware that you have a catastrophic injury until you seek medical attention and the doctors perform diagnostic testing. Some injuries, like an amputation, will be evident at the accident scene.
The Damages Available for a Catastrophic Injury Claim
The damages you can get for your claim will vary by your injury. Catastrophic injuries are tricky because you will need to consider compensation for the foreseeable future. Your life is different after the damage than before the injury.
While there is no set number for these injuries and we will need to individually determine how much you can get, some examples of potential compensation available include:
- Medical expenses for now and in the future
- Loss of future earnings
- Lost wages and benefits
- Disability benefits
- In-home care expenses
- Modifications to your home or vehicle
- Ongoing transportation expenses
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
Losing a limb will significantly impact your ability to earn a living and participate in activities with your family. No amount of money can bring your limb back; you may be eligible for a prosthetic limb which will need to be retrofitted every few years. You can also cover chronic pain and pain management tools in a lawsuit.
Punitive Damages for a Catastrophic Injury
You can also request punitive damages in cases where there is severe negligence or carelessness. If there were an intent to harm, the judge would award damages. One typical instance is when the offender was drunk and caused an accident.
There is also the possibility of filing for wrongful death when the accident is fatal and causes a loved one’s death. A representative of the estate or the surviving family can file a lawsuit and seek damage for their loss along with funeral or burial costs, inheritance, and loss of consortium.
The Benefits of Consulting with a Calhoun Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
You will have two years in Calhoun from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit with the help of a Calhoun catastrophic injury lawyer. Once the window closes, you will lose your rights, and there is the likelihood that significant evidence will be gone.
You should call John Foy & Associates immediately after an injury so we can begin to build a claim and get you compensation for your pain. There are some critical elements we will focus on when handling your legal claim, such as:
Our lawyers will collect evidence like medical records, lost wage documentation, and repair bills.
A Calhoun catastrophic injury lawyer will determine fault which is one of the most critical issues. You may be unaware of how the accident occurred, but through an investigation, your Calhoun catastrophic injury lawyer can prove who is at fault for your injuries. Whoever is proven to bear liability for your damages is the party responsible for giving you compensation.
Negotiate with Insurance Companies
We will negotiate with insurance companies and other attorneys in the case to get you a fair settlement. The insurance adjuster will often try to send you a lowball initial offer, but with a skilled lawyer on your side, we can see right through these tactics and work to get you more for your injury.
Secure the Compensation You Deserve
Our Calhoun catastrophic injuries lawyers will fight for the compensation you deserve which is essential to your recovery and future. The insurance company will work to say that you do not deserve any compensation. Still, we will fight harder to prove that you deserve financial recovery for the damages they inflicted on your life.
Call a Calhoun Catastrophic Injuries Lawyer Today
There are many other items we will address and be able to help you with regarding your catastrophic injury claim. The first step in your catastrophic injury claim is to contact John Foy & Associates to schedule a consultation with a Calhoun catastrophic injuries lawyer.