Sometimes devastating accidents happen that can leave you or your family member permanently disabled and burdened with thousands of dollars in medical, physical therapy and counseling bills. When this happens, an experienced catastrophic injury attorney can help you work to win full compensation for these expenses.
What makes an injury catastrophic?
A catastrophic injury is an injury that occurs suddenly and without warning, leaving the victim permanently disabled. Unlike other injuries covered under personal injury law, catastrophic injuries can result in complications and expenses that last for the rest of one’s life. These injuries can be very costly to treat.
In order to qualify as catastrophic, the injury must also be debilitating enough that it prevents the victim from being able to work.
Catastrophic injuries can be divided into three categories:
- Spinal cord injuries. These injuries can result in paralysis and quadriplegia.
- Physical injuries. This can include amputation, severe burns, loss of hearing or vision, disfigurement, severe fracture, and organ damage.
- Cognitive injuries. These are any injuries such as traumatic head injury that result in a debilitating loss of cognitive function.
Many accidents can result in catastrophic injury, but some of the more common causes include automobile accidents (especially involving motorcycles and large trucks), bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, construction accidents, pharmacy or medical errors, fires or explosions, sports accidents, intentional acts of violence, and birth injuries.
How can a catastrophic injury attorney help?
In catastrophic injury cases, the burden of proof falls to the plaintiff to prove that it was the defendant’s negligence or intent that resulted in the catastrophic injury. You will need a lawyer to help you gather all of the evidence and documentation necessary to prove the cause of injury.
An experienced catastrophic injury attorney can help you receive appropriate compensation for past, present, and future medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, as well as provide for a caretaker, counseling, physical therapy, disability-friendly renovations to your house, and other needs.
With all these necessary potential expenses, catastrophic injury cases can be very high stakes. You need a catastrophic injury trial lawyer who can help you calculate the potential costs of your injury far into the future. Call Banks, Stubbs and McFarland at 770-887-1209 or complete our contact form for a free initial consultation.