As with any personal injury case, it’s important to take action immediately after a catastrophic injury to hold the liable party accountable for their actions. If you were injured, you have every right to seek compensation for the damages you suffered as a result of their negligence, but do you know what types of damages you’re entitled to? In addition to your medical expenses, you could also receive recompense for future care expenses, lost earning capacity, and other elements impacted by your recent accident.
Catastrophic injuries are, by nature, very serious and often result in permanent disability, physical alteration, brain damage, and more—which also means they can have a more substantial impact on your day-to-day life. For that reason, and many others, it’s important to discover what types of compensation you may be entitled to after a serious accident.
What Sets Catastrophic Injuries Apart?
Catastrophic injuries, (those that result in lasting, permanent, or life-altering damage), are extremely serious and often result in severe mental, emotional, and financial damages in addition to the initial physical injury. Common types of catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, neck injuries, severe burns, injuries that lead to nerve damage, of loss of limb.
The term “catastrophic” is rather fluid when used in personal injury law, but as a general rule, attorneys will only call injuries catastrophic if they cause life-altering or permanent damage. As such, these injuries are often extremely traumatizing and can have costly financial repercussions. If you or someone you love suffered a catastrophic injury, you should do everything in your power to hold the liable party accountable for their actions and prevent others from suffering in a similar fashion. Additionally, legal action can help you obtain the monetary compensation you need to help pay for the damage you sustained.
Types of Compensation
Compensation may vary, but can include recompense for the following:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Expenses related to emotional trauma
- Medication expenses
- Lost wages
- Future lost earning capacity
- Loss of relationships
- In-home nurse care, or facility care
- Lack of quality of life
- Cost of household services
- Strain on loved ones/caretakers
In catastrophic injury cases, the court may consider tangible costs associated with your injuries (economic damages) along with less-than concrete losses (noneconomic damages), such as loss of quality of life or pain and suffering. Likewise, if someone else suffers because of your injuries, (if, for example, your spouse must quit their job to remain home as your caretaker), the court will factor in those losses as well.
Ultimately, each of these costs, both economic and non-economic, will add up to create one measurable sum of compensation for your catastrophic injury. Considering how each of these factors may contribute to your claim may help you get started, but you need a legal professional before you begin.
Our Team Can Help
If you were harmed in an accident due to someone else’s negligence or mistake, you might be thinking about filing a personal injury claim to seek justice and compensation for the damages you sustained. The compensation you’re entitled to may vary on a case-by-case basis, but if your accident was particularly detrimental and you suffered permanent harm, you may be entitled to more than you think. Our team at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC has ample experience working with catastrophic injury victims and we know what it takes to build a strong case against liable parties. If you have a case, we’re here to help.
Contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today to discuss your catastrophic injury case with our compassionate lawyer.