Looking for an attorney who will aggressively pursue maximum compensation for your catastrophic injury?
A catastrophic injury is the type of injury that a person suffers that is so severe that their lives are devastated and completely turned upside down. It is tough having any kind of serious personal injury caused by someone else’s negligent actions. But a catastrophic injury is a legal term that describes one that is so significant that it will most likely affect the injured person for the rest of their lives. An injury under the “catastrophic” category is one that will likely need a great deal of ongoing medical treatment and will usually prevent the victim from engaging in any kind of substantial, gainful employment. Due to these financial hardships, having the right lawyer fight for you (the victim) and your family is very important.
The injury lawyers at My Rights Law focus their practice on representing people who have suffered both serious injuries and significant injuries. Our goal is to hold the negligent individuals responsible and win the most compensation for your injuries that the law allows.
What Do I Do If I Suffered A Catastrophic Injury?
If you sustained a catastrophic injury, then to determine if you can bring a lawsuit, you should schedule a free consultation with a catastrophic injury lawyer from My Rights Law. A free case evaluation with a knowledgeable catastrophic injury lawyer allows you to determine your legal rights and options. My Rights Law is a personal injury law firm that is devoted to helping catastrophic injury victims obtain financial compensation and justice. Our law firm is here for you when you need us. To learn more about how we can help, feel free to call (888) 702-8882 or leave us a message on our secure form to consult with a skilled catastrophic injury attorney today.
There are many types of injuries that a person can suffer that are considered catastrophic. The main similarity with the types of catastrophic injuries is their permanent nature. Significant injuries generally are permanent and will be present, in some form or another, for the rest of the injured person’s life. This category of injury can be so severe that it prevents someone from enjoying the pleasures of life or prevents them from performing any type of work that would help support themselves and their family.
Catastrophic injuries not only affect the individual but can also affect their entire family. In many cases, the injured person is so disabled that family members have to become caregivers themselves. The entire family structure could potentially be disrupted with the lack of financial support and significant extra costs. These extra costs are related to ongoing medical treatment, medications, daily in-home nursing care, medical devices, special travel requirements, physical therapy and rehabilitation appointments, and special education requirements for injured children. Not only are there physical injuries and disabilities, but there can also be serious emotional and psychological issues with the injured person as well as family members whose lives have also been turned upside down. People in these circumstances can suffer from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional distress, embarrassment and humiliation, and loss of the pleasures of life. Here are some examples of catastrophic injuries:
Third-degree burns caused by fire and/or chemicals
Scarring and disfigurement
Long term or permanent loss of senses like vision or hearing
Any injury or condition that causes long term or permanent disability
Long term or permanent lung damage from work-related asbestos or chemical exposure causing COPD, for example
Any injury or condition that requires ongoing medical care and/or rehabilitation
Any brain injury that causes long term or permanent mood disorders, emotional disorders, or cognitive issues
Common Causes Of Catastrophic Injuries
Every day, unfortunately, people are involved in accidents that cause significant injuries. We do not live in a world that is 100% safe. Sometimes, bad things happen to good people. No matter how careful we try to be and no matter how much we try to protect our kids and families, other people can and will engage in careless, reckless, and dangerous behavior that causes serious accidents and injuries to victims. When someone’s negligent actions cause you to suffer serious personal injuries, you and your family need an experienced catastrophic injury attorney fighting for your rights. You and your family need a law firm that has the knowledge and resources and that focuses its practice on representing individuals and families that have experienced life-changing injuries. Here are some of the ways that negligent people can cause catastrophic injuries:
Pedestrians being struck by a car or truck
Slips, trips, and falls
Vicious dog attacks
Falls at home
Backyard pool accidents, including accidental drownings and shallow diving-related injuries
Work-related injuries such as lifting injuries, machine malfunction injuries, and heavy machinery accidents
Products that are defective, dangerously designed, or manufactured without proper safety devices or machine guarding
Medical malpractice and medical errors by doctors, nurses, nurses’ aides, and other healthcare professionals at doctor’s offices, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes
Physical assaults, gunshots, and other intentional violent acts
Damages For Catastrophic Injuries
There are specific types of financial compensation or damages that an injured person can seek from the person or entity that caused the injuries. Usually, in cases involving catastrophic injuries, a lawsuit will have to be filed in order to hold responsible all of the individuals, businesses, companies, and entities that might be responsible for the negligent actions. The most important job of a catastrophic injury attorney is to fight for the client and win the most compensation legally possible so that the injured person and their family can be financially supported in the future. Not only does My Rights Law aim to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions, but we also give you peace of mind in knowing that a professional is fighting hard to get you paid by your wrongdoer. Here are the monetary damages that are possible with catastrophic injury lawsuits:
Medical costs: Not only will there be past due medical expenses and bills, but with catastrophic injuries, there are almost always ongoing medical treatment, physical therapy, medications, medical devices, and a whole host of other medical costs. These future expenses need to be accounted for in any kind of lawsuit settlement or jury verdict.
Lost wages: Usually, when someone suffers from a significant injury, they lose time from work. Therefore, there are lost wages starting from the date of the injury. However, the injured party could also lose future wages due to an ongoing disability. Not only may there be future lost wages, but also future lost earning capacity, which relates to salary raises that, due to the injury and disability, the injured person will no longer receive. All of this lost income, past and future, should be compensated and accounted for in any kind of lawsuit settlement or jury award.
Pain and suffering: Determining an amount of money to compensate someone for pain and suffering is harder to do as opposed to figuring out medical costs and lost income. In those cases, it is fairly easy to calculate a number. But with pain and suffering, there is no easy formula to use. Every case is different. Similar injuries can affect someone differently than another person with the same issues. However, based upon years of experience, a knowledgeable catastrophic injury attorney will know the value of your case and what is possible, what is reasonable, and what is fair compensation for your pain and suffering.
Loss of life’s pleasures: This category of damages is similar to the pain and suffering category in that there is no easy formula to use to calculate an amount. Every case will be different in that a catastrophic injury affects peoples’ lives in different ways. The injured person might have had a lot of joy and meaning in doing something, but now, due to the injury and disability, they can no longer do those things. A person should be compensated for their loss of life’s pleasures.
Loss of consortium: If the injured party is married, then the spouse can also have a claim for damages against the negligent party. Loss of consortium covers what the spouse has lost given the significant injuries suffered by their partner in life. This category of damages includes compensation for the loss of intimate, marital relations, the comfort and care from the injured spouse, the help that the injured spouse would normally give around the house, with life’s chores, and with household and living expenses, etc.
Time Limits To Sue For Catastrophic Injury Damages
There are time limits for the filing of certain types of civil lawsuits, including lawsuits for negligence and personal injuries. These time limits are called statutes of limitations. If the time window to file a lawsuit passes, then the injured person will be forever barred from receiving damages and compensation from the negligent party. Generally speaking, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits, including catastrophic injury cases, is just a few years from the date of the injury. But the same statute of limitations does not apply to every case.
For example, most medical malpractice claims must be filed within a year of when the patient discovered that medical negligence occurred or when the patient should have discovered the medical error. Also, with cases that involve negligent actions that happen over time, the statute of limitations does not begin to run until the plaintiff discovered the negligence and injury or should have discovered it.
Because the statute of limitations in every case might be different and complicated, you and your family should speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as you believe you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence. The sooner you have an attorney fighting for your rights, the better. Contact the lawyers at My Rights Law, and we will help you through this traumatic time. We will fight for fair personal injury damages due to this catastrophic injury. Call (888) 702-8882 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
At My Rights Law, our attorneys are experienced at protecting the rights of those who have suffered catastrophic injuries because of others. We understand the life-altering nature of these injuries and represent victims in getting compensation and justice from those who are at fault. Specifically, our attorneys will carefully examine your situation and advise you as to your legal options, including how you can obtain damages from the wrongdoer. Our catastrophic injury lawyers will aggressively pursue all remedies. To learn more about how we can help, feel free to call (888) 702-8882 or contact us online to consult with a skilled catastrophic injury attorney today.
Catastrophic Injury Attorney FAQ
How Can A Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Help Me In My Case?
A catastrophic injury lawyer (an experienced personal injury attorney who knows all about catastrophic injury claims) can help clients obtain substantial recoveries from those who are legally responsible for causing their injuries. Because catastrophic injury lawyers often bring cases on behalf of catastrophic accident victims, they know the legal process and how to effectively negotiate with defendants and the insurance companies who insure them. They can provide you with formal legal advice. Notably, insurance companies have experienced law firms on their side, so you should have a personal injury lawyer in your corner.
A free consultation with a catastrophic injury lawyer will allow you to gain clarity as to whether you have a viable personal injury lawsuit and what you should do about it. The trial lawyers at My Rights Law provide injured clients with a free case review to help them determine their legal options. My Rights Law is a highly regarded law firm – we treat clients like family and work tirelessly on each catastrophic injury case. We take the attorney client relationship seriously and will tend to your personal injury claim in a timely manner. Our experienced personal injury attorneys work diligently so that we can help to ensure each of our clients who suffers a serious injury gets maximum compensation and justice.
What Causes A Catastrophic Injury?
Common types of catastrophic injuries result from motor vehicle accidents (e.g., spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury caused by a car accident), construction accidents, severe burns, sports injuries, workplace injuries, intentional acts (e.g., blunt force strike to the head with a bat causing severe brain damage; shaken baby syndrome), and malpractice by a medical professional.
Catastrophic injuries are the most severe injuries that can happen to you. For example, catastrophic injury victims in a head on collision case could suffer permanent brain damage. Personal injury claims resulting from catastrophic injuries often revolve around the issue of permanent damage to the brain or body.
What Type Of Compensation Can I Get For Filing A Catastrophic Injury Case?
Experienced trial lawyers could help you obtain compensation to cover expenses for seeking medical care, expenses for physical or occupational therapy (occupational therapy relates to engagement in activities of daily life), future medical expenses, lost wages from being on a permanent disability, physical pain and suffering, emotional distress and more. Your financial future could be greatly impacted by the value of a catastrophic injury case. Some catastrophic injury cases could be worth millions of dollars (e.g., a serious injury case resulting in paralysis). In some cases, punitive damages could even be awarded to you based on a defendant’s actions being especially bad (e.g., the defendant intended to cause your car accident).
Since catastrophic injury cases involve the most serious injuries, they could be settled for significant sums of money depending on the circumstances and the negotiating skills of the catastrophic injury lawyer. It is possible that the insurance company that insures a defendant might offer little money to you at the beginning of a lawsuit for your severe injury, but these settlement offers may increase steadily as your case moves towards trial and there is more legal information presented regarding liability. Skilled catastrophic injury attorneys rely upon expert testimony in this respect.
Calling Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
If you were catastrophically injured because of someone else’s misconduct, then after seeking immediate medical attention, get in touch with a catastrophic injury attorney who can help you understand your legal rights. A free consultation with an injury lawyer can enable you to know what to do legally, including how you can recover full and fair compensation for your catastrophic injuries caused by someone’s misconduct.
The experienced trial lawyers at My Rights Law are devoted to helping clients get the best outcomes for their injury cases. For your consultation, we will thoroughly evaluate your situation and advise you on your options. Most injured victims’ cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. This type of arrangement means attorney’s fees are not charged to you unless you are recovering compensation in your case.
My Rights Law’s Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
Don’t just hire any law firm or any personal injury lawyers for legal representation. Consider the skilled catastrophic injury attorneys at My Rights Law who will hold your wrongdoer accountable and make them pay you for the catastrophic injuries that you have sustained because of them. For a free consultation with an experienced attorney on the legal team at My Rights Law, call (888) 702-8882 or contact us online today.