Catastrophic Personal Injury Lawyer
Catastrophic injuries are life changing and require a skilled attorney who not only has compassion for clients, but the skill and tenacity required to maximize a catastrophic injury claim. Survivors of catastrophic injuries and their loved ones are often burdened with high medical bills, rehabilitation, in-home care, and lost earnings – not to mention pain and suffering. Levin Simes Abrams can help by tirelessly advocating for you or your loved one.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
Legally, a catastrophic injury is one that results in permanent disability or a permanent change in one’s quality of life. Such injuries include but are not limited to:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Traumatic brain injuries result from significant trauma to one’s head. Car accidents, exposure to chemicals, asphyxia, and severe blows to one’s head are common sources of brain injury. Since the human brain controls the rest of the body’s function, such an injury can have systemic affects, including an impact on cognition, memory, speech, and motor function.
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- The spinal cord houses nerves that carry messages from the brain down the spine and to the rest of the body. Such injuries occur in a myriad of circumstances, such as during birth, due to a car accident and/or other collision, a fall, and/or medical malpractice. Damage to the spinal cord is permanent and can result in a total loss of motor function, a loss of feeling in certain areas of the body and/or throughout the body, and/ or a combination of the two.
- Vision and Hearing Loss
- Vision and hearing loss can occur from a variety of incidents. Persons working on construction sites, in hazardous environments, on assembly lines, and/or in large factories may suffer hearing or vision loss over time due to the volume of the noise around them and/or hazardous materials with which they work. Vision and hearing loss can also be the byproduct of a car accident, head trauma, and/or acts of violence.
- Permanent Internal Damage
- Severe, permanent damage to one’s internal organs can occur from a variety of reasons, and the survivor of such damage may pursue legal recourse for the cost of treating and managing the permanent condition. Damage to internal organs can be the result of medical malpractice, a car accident, surgical procedure, and/or ingestion of a harmful substance.
- Loss of a Limb
- The loss of a limb is not only a permanent, physical change, but can have long-lasting or permanent psychological and emotional affects as well. These injuries require surgery and extensive recovery time. Often, they require rehabilitation and may require lifelong follow-up treatment. Related injuries include psychological and emotional trauma.
- Fatality (Wrongful Death)
- In the tragic event that a catastrophic injury leads to death, the decedent’s family may pursue a wrongful death claim rather than a personal injury claim.
Catastrophic Personal Injuries in Court
As with all injury cases, the jury is tasked with assessing the case and determining the value of damages incurred by the plaintiff. A plaintiff is entitled to both economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses are generally easier to prove and quantify – they include lost wages, medical expenses, and property damage. However, they also include future medical treatment, including long-term medical care and any follow-up and/or corrective procedures that may be needed.
Non-economic damages are harder to prove and quantify; they consist of pain and suffering. Non-economic damages are almost always significantly higher than economic damages. It is critical that you are represented by a legal team who can accurately and completely convey the hardship you and your family have suffered to the jury, since this is often the cornerstone of a jury’s damage award.
Personal Injury Lawyer
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