When you suffer a catastrophic injury, you don’t have to pay for any of the resulting damages on your own. Instead, you can hold the negligent party responsible liable for the damages you sustained. We can help you file a claim and get the settlement you deserve.
The Newnan personal injury lawyers here at John Foy & Associates have years of experience helping clients just like you. With millions recovered, you can trust our expertise and dedication to your case. We won’t stop until you get fairly compensated by the insurance company and the at-fault party.
Understanding Catastrophic Injuries
According to Title 42 §3796b of the U.S. Code, catastrophic injuries are injuries that are so severe that they prevent a person from performing any gainful work. Essentially, if your injuries stop you from earning a wage entirely, you have suffered a catastrophic injury. However, even if you have a severe injury, it wouldn’t be catastrophic unless it significantly impacted your ability to work in some way.
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What Types of Accidents Result in Catastrophic Injuries?
Almost every single type of accident can cause catastrophic injuries to occur. It all depends on how bad your accident was, coupled with the extent and severity of your injuries. However, there are a few accident types where catastrophic injuries tend to be more common.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Whether you’re in a passenger vehicle or motorcycle, any collision on the road can lead to catastrophic injuries. When you get hit by another negligent driver, you can sustain terrible wounds. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents often cause some of the worst injuries on a daily basis throughout the nation.
Doctors and other trained medical professionals are, quite literally, responsible for your health and wellbeing. If they fail to uphold a high duty of care for you, they can cause heinous injuries. Medical malpractice such as misdiagnosis, botched surgeries, and birth injuries all lead to catastrophic injuries in many otherwise healthy patients each year.
Construction is one of the most dangerous types of jobs out there. Construction sites have numerous hazards, all of which can easily result in catastrophic injury. With the injury rates on construction sites higher than most other jobs, the rate at which construction workers suffer permanent and life-altering damages are frequent.
What Are the Damages I Can Get Compensated For?
Damages refer to the economic and non-economic losses you sustained due to your catastrophic injury. These are some of the most common that our lawyers in Newnan handle.
Catastrophic injuries can lead to exorbitantly high medical costs. Even worse, you will most likely need to receive continuous treatment for the rest of your life. The financial burden medical costs can be for the average person in Newnan can be too much to handle.
When you file a claim and recover a settlement, our lawyers will ensure that all of your medical expenses get covered. So not only will you get reimbursed for any treatment you receive, but you will also receive additional compensation for medical treatments down the road.
Pain and Suffering
Your pain and suffering can mean many things. You can suffer both physical and psychological pain. The amount you can recover from pain and suffering damages will depend on how bad your life has become after your accident.
Many insurance companies like to downplay pain and suffering as trivia. Our lawyers won’t let them do this. We use formulas and other methods to accurately calculate how much compensation your pain and suffering are worth. Even though a settlement can’t fix everything, it can give you the financial resources needed to move forward with your life with ease.
Because catastrophic injuries prevent you from doing any gainful work, your settlement can also reflect all of the wages you lost as a result. Whatever pay you can no longer receive will get calculated by our attorneys in Newnan. From there, we will have the insurance company pay you for the wages you can’t earn any more.
How Will Your Lawyers Help Me Win a Settlement?
Our lawyers have several ways to help you win a settlement for your catastrophic injury claim:
- Gather critical evidence for your case
- Handle all internal and external communications on your behalf
- Represent your best interests at all times
- Take your case to trial if necessary
- Talk to experts and witnesses and get supporting testimony
- Calculate your damages accurately
- Ensure your privacy is protected
An insurance adjuster may try to contact you after your accident to discuss terms for a quick settlement. While this may seem tempting, don’t accept any offer. In fact, don’t speak to the insurance company at all until you retain one of our Newnan catastrophic injury lawyers to help you.
Anything you say or do will get used against you. Even if you accidentally admit fault or apologize for your accident, this can severely weaken your chances of getting the settlement you deserve. Therefore, it’s essential that you talk to our lawyers as soon as possible so we can begin helping you file your claim.
How Much Is the Average Catastrophic Injury Settlement in Georgia?
The average catastrophic injury settlement varies. Some settle for several thousands of dollars and others for millions. The only way to tell how much your settlement is worth is by getting a case review done by one of our lawyers. From there, we can tell you about all of the legal options available to you so you can get the maximum amount of compensation possible.
How does Georgia’s Statute of Limitations Affect My Case?
The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §9-3-33 gives you a general timeframe of two years to file your claim. However, keep in mind that several factors surrounding your unique circumstances could shorten the time you have. It’s best not to delay in filing your claim. You should strive to pursue compensation while your evidence and injuries are fresh.
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There’s no risk or obligation when you contact one of the Newnan catastrophic injury lawyers at John Foy & Associates. With no fees upfront, we don’t accept any payment unless we win a settlement for you. Don’t hesitate to get a free consultation with us today. Schedule an appointment by calling us or filling out our online contact form.