Catastrophic injury refers to a severe injury which has long-term or permanent consequences. Catastrophic injuries usually involve injury to the brain, spine, or spinal cord and may also include skull fractures. Most catastrophic injuries permanently prevent an individual from performing gainful work. These kind of injuries occur suddenly, usually as a result of an accident, leaving the person disabled for the rest of their life.
Victims of catastrophic injuries have to deal with serious long-term effects. The victim and their family also have to face the burden of added stress, and the victim may need constant supervision or assistance for the rest of their life. These victims may also be required to undergo several injuries as well as constant rehabilitation, physiotherapy and more.
A catastrophic injury could be caused as a result of clinical negligence, work accident, product liability, airplane accident, rail accident, or a road traffic accident. The injuries sustained in these incidents are considered catastrophic because they have an enormous impact on the individuals life. Victims of such accidents face severe disruptions to their central nervous system as a result of spinal cord injuries or serious head trauma. Other kinds of catastrophic injuries include neck injury, brain injury, accidental amputations, serious head trauma, severe burns, organ damage, neurological disorders due to damage to the brain and spinal cord, paralysis, paraplegia and quadriplegia.
If the catastrophic injury has been caused as a result of someone’s intentional or negligent act, or by the use of a defective product, then the victim will be able to file a personal injury claim. By filing a personal injury claim, one can determine the future quality of life and the quality of life the victim will receive once the value of such a claim is determined. Catastrophic injuries have huge financial implications, so it is advised to consult a catastrophic injury lawyer to recover compensation for the damages experienced by the victim.
There are two types of damages that can be claimed in a catastrophic personal injury accident:
As the name suggests, economic damages are the more concrete damages which can be measured, such as medical bills and lost wages. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, cover aspects like mental anguish, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, or loss of a partner. Lost future wages, and future medical bills, loss of companionship may also be added to non-economic damages.
Non-economic damages are based on a more subjective evaluation, which is why you need the services of an experienced attorney who can get you the maximum recovery for your injuries. Many states have non-economic damage caps in place for catastrophic personal injury cases. Most of these legislative caps put in place can be quite low.
A catastrophic injury lawyer can help you recover compensation that will assist with rehabilitation, medical care and treatment, as well as loss of earnings. The amount awarded at the end of the claim will help ease the financial burden on the victim and the victim’s family, so they can focus on the recovery and well being of the injured person. Most personal injury lawyers work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, which is even better.
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