While personal injury lawyers can handle typical injuries from slip and fall accidents, fender benders, and more, it takes a specialized attorney to handle more complex cases like catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and large settlement lawsuits.
You need a catastrophic injury lawyer to help if you or someone in your family is struggling with a severe injury that caused permanent disabilities, or the loss of a loved one. Our team of large litigation and settlement attorneys knows how to get you and your family the justice you deserve.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
There are numerous types of catastrophic injuries that you might suffer from. Some of the most common types can include:
Brain Injuries: Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by blunt force to the head. These can cause swelling, bleeding, bruising, and inflammation of the brain. Victims can suffer from pain, nausea, dizziness, and long-term symptoms that can be life-altering, such as:
- Cognitive impairment
- Difficulty understanding language
- Loss of senses
- Vision loss
- Memory loss
- An inability to concentrate
- And more
While you might recover from some of the symptoms, brain injuries can cause permanent impairments.
Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries can be common catastrophic injuries. These can result in paralysis (either paraplegia or quadriplegia), leaving people with a loss of their limbs. This can require long-term treatment and therapy and can force you to alter your home and leave you unable to work.
Burn Injuries: Severe burns can result in scarring and disfigurement. These can require numerous surgeries and ongoing treatment to restore the skin. The burns and the treatment can be extremely painful and can lead to long-term medical needs.
Organ Damage: Car accidents and other traumas can cause internal injuries that can damage organs. This can lead to ruptured kidneys, liver damage, internal bleeding, and other ailments. These injuries can require surgery, ongoing treatment, and other medical needs.
Damages for Catastrophic Injuries
If you suffer from a catastrophic injury, it’s essential to hire an attorney and seek the damages you are owed. When determining the amount of compensation you are owed, your attorney will consider numerous factors.
Some items they might seek damages for include:
- Past, current, and future medical care to treat the injuries.
- Loss of past income from time missed at work, as well as the potential for future earnings if you are unable to work again.
- Cost of caretakers in the past and the future.
- Expenses to adapt your home to allow you to function given your new limited mobility.
- Loss of enjoyment of life and your pain and suffering.
- Psychological trauma and ongoing therapy.
An attorney will help you determine which damages apply to your case and how you can prove the extent of your catastrophic injuries.