Catastrophic Injury Lawyers Standing Up for Seriously Injured Victims and Their Families
In the US, it is estimated that tens of thousands of people suffer catastrophic injuries or die from accidents or situations where someone else is at fault every year. These injuries may take place in hospitals, nursing homes, mass transit, the workplace, and on a wide variety of other premises. Boonswang Law’s personal injury team is experienced in litigating cases across the spectrum of personal injury. Let us fight for you.
What Is Considered a Catastrophic Personal Injury?
A catastrophic injury is one that results in severe injuries with long-term or even permanent consequences for the victim. This often means the victim of a catastrophic injury is left with temporary partial or total disability, permanent disability, spinal cord injuries, loss of body function (such as vision or hearing loss), scarring, amputation, facial injuries, or another condition leading to permanent disfigurement, or physical and mental deficits, such as memory loss or impaired mobility due to neurological issues.
Similar to simple personal injury cases, catastrophic injury cases are typically due to another party’s negligent or reckless actions. The at-fault party owed a duty of care to the victim, and that duty of care was breached, consequently creating an unsafe situation that caused the victim to get injured.
A variety of personal injury types can be considered catastrophic if the victim’s damages were life-altering and require a lengthy, painful recovery or when the victim is not expected to fully recover from their accident and will likely be dealing with the consequences of the accident for the rest of their lives. Auto accidents, premises liability, product liability, and medical malpractice are just a few examples of the most frequent catastrophic injury case types.
What Type of Damages Can Catastrophic Injury Victims Be Eligible to Recover?
Catastrophic injury victims suffer significant damages that can range from a slow, painful recovery to a lifetime of dealing with a disability or debilitating condition. Those affected by a catastrophic personal injury usually sustain both economic losses and non-economic losses. The most visible type of loss is medical bills, including current and future costs of care, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, and any other treatment or procedure required to treat the victim. This can also include related expenses such as the cost of hiring a home health aide or undergoing additional surgeries.
Oftentimes, victims are unable to work while they are recovering, resulting in a loss of income. In addition, that individual may not be able to return to the same type of employment, or their work activities may be extremely limited due to a disability, which may ultimately impact their ability to earn regular wages in the future, so lost future wages are also counted as economic damages.
Why Is a Catastrophic Personal Injury Case More Challenging Than Other Personal Injury Cases?
As previously discussed, victims of a catastrophic personal injury are often dealing with more significant damages and a physical condition that can potentially affect them for many years to come, and in some cases, for the rest of their lives. This means the stakes are higher, and the victim carries an even more significant burden of proof.
The higher the case value, the more complex it can become. The defendants–usually insurance companies that prefer not to pay out high lump sums to victims so as to protect their profits–usually challenge one or more aspects of the case. They may argue that the victim contributed to causing his or her own injuries or question how much the plaintiff’s future medical care will really cost.
How Can a Catastrophic Personal Injury Lawyer Help?
If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury, you need an ally who can help you fight for maximum compensation. Without the help of a life insurance attorneys, you may end up getting paid much less than you deserve and become another victim of the insurance company’s usual tactics to protect their bottom line. Let the seasoned attorneys at the Boonswang Law Firm handle your case and help you stand up for your rights as a victim. Contact us at 215-940-8900 and schedule a time to discuss your case.