An accident of any kind can turn your world upside down. When the resulting injuries come with devastating or life-long consequences, it can be difficult to come to terms with your situation. If you’ve been hurt because of someone else’s mistake, our Louisville catastrophic injury lawyers are here to explain your rights and provide you with the legal representation you deserve.
At Thomas Law Offices, we recognize how devastating an injury can be, especially when it results from the negligent actions or inactions of another individual or entity. We have the experience needed to handle complex personal injury cases and will work to diligently pursue fair compensation for the financial burdens and suffering related to your accident.
Catastrophic injury cases can be complicated. In order to avoid overwhelming confusion, it’s a good idea to have some background knowledge on the area of law, catastrophic injuries, and what you can expect from your legal team. Let’s start by examining what defines a catastrophic injury.
Understanding Catastrophic Injury Law
Catastrophic injury cases are handled differently because they involve severe injuries that typically leave the victims in a debilitating state. The goal of these claims is to ensure the compensation offered to the victim is enough to cover all economic and non-economic expenses related to the accident and the resulting injury or disability.
A catastrophic injury is defined by the following factors:
- How debilitating the injury is by nature
- The impact the injury has on the victim’s quality of life and livelihood
- The likelihood the victim will be able to return to their previous job
How an attorney presents the accident and injury can significantly impact the amount of compensation a person is offered. Our lawyers will work to ensure you have the money you need to cover the current and future expenses related to your accident.
Accidents That Have Catastrophic Consequences
Any accident could result in a debilitating injury; however, there are incidents that put people more at risk for life-long injuries.
- Car Crashes. Certain types of car accidents, like head-on collisions, side-impact crashes, and rollovers, are more likely to result in catastrophic injuries because of the force of impact the occupants
- Truck Accidents. Collisions involving smaller passenger cars and tractor trailers are likely to result in debilitating injuries because of the sheer size difference between vehicles.
- Motorcycle Wrecks. Motorcyclists are at risk for sustaining devastating injuries because they are more exposed to the elements than any other motorist. Even with the proper helmet and safety gear, injuries are still likely.
- Medical Malpractice. Doctors are supposed to improve the health and wellbeing of their patients. When they make mistakes, especially during labor and delivery or surgery, the consequences can be severe. Medical professionals who act negligently and harm their patients should be held accountable for malpractice.
- Dangerous Products. Consumers expect their purchases to work as intended. When they don’t and cause serious harm, manufacturers can be held liable.
- Premises Liability Accidents. Owners have a responsibility to ensure their property is safe for those who visit. If someone falls and sustains a spinal cord injury, the owner may have breached their duty of care.
Common Catastrophic Injuries
As discussed above, a catastrophic injury is likely to have life-long consequences. Victims may need to undergo continuous treatments or have to adapt to their disability and find new ways to do everyday tasks. The most common debilitating injuries include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Brain injuries can be especially devastating; however, they vary greatly in severity. Depending on the accident, a person could be left to deal with amnesia, concussions, hematomas, edema, or penetrating injuries. While some patients are able to recover after an extended period of time, others may be left to be completely dependent on those around them.
- Spinal Cord Injuries. Violent, traumatic impacts can result in the spine dislocating, compressing, or fracturing. Treatment often involves surgeries. Some victims may be left partially or fully paralyzed.
- Burns. Burn injuries are among the most painful to recover from. Even minor burns can result in permanent scarring and disfigurement. The most severe burns can take months to years to fully recover from and often involve multiple surgeries and skin grafts. Motorcycle and electrocution accidents are likely to result in burns.
- Limb Loss. It can be incredibly challenging to cope with losing a limb. In addition to the physical pain and changes, the victim will likely experience emotional trauma.
- Compound Fractures. A compound fracture occurs when a broken bone pierces through the skin. Surgical correction is often required, and some patients may end up permanently disabled.
Compensation for Catastrophic Injury Cases
While many catastrophic injury cases do not go to trial, you’ll want to have an experienced attorney at your side to negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company. The damages for cases like this are often substantial, as the financial burdens for handling debilitating injuries can be extensive. Typically, compensation is separated into two categories: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages may include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Cost of future care
- Lost wages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Property damage
Non-economic damages may include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Permanent disability
- Loss of consortium
Get Help from Thomas Law Offices
We understand that every catastrophic injury case comes with its own unique complexities. Depending on your circumstances, we may be able to derive testimony from doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, and other professionals who can communicate the specifics of your case to improve your chances of receiving the compensation you need to get your life back in order and find ways to cope with what you’ve been through.
Our Louisville catastrophic injury lawyers are dedicated to helping you during this difficult time. To begin your personal legal journey today or for more information on how best to proceed, reach out to our office today. We will provide you with a free case consultation to get you started.