Understanding Catastrophic Personal Injury Claims

Understanding Catastrophic Personal Injury Claims

Serious injuries can result from any kind of accident. But when it comes to extraordinarily severe accidents, what precisely makes them qualify as “catastrophic”? Without a full understanding of exactly what this kind of accident entails, you may stand very little chance of successfully pursuing a catastrophic personal injury claim. Your best bet – regardless of your level of understanding at first – is to hire an experienced, reputable personal injury attorney.

The following information will be of assistance in helping you gain an understanding of just what’s involved in catastrophic personal injury claims. Additionally, when we’re done discussing that, we’ll recommend a competent, experienced source of legal representation for your personal injury case.

Consider the following: If you’re the patient, a medical procedure is major, even if it’s considered minor. So, to a victim of an accident caused injury, it can feel extraordinarily catastrophic if, even temporarily, their life is changed in some way.

Regardless, when it comes to a claim for damages or insurance companies, a “catastrophic injury classification” is defined by specific circumstances and factors.

Catastrophic Injuries – What Are They

If a severe injury results in long-term debilitation or disability, it may be considered a catastrophic injury. If a person is prevented, permanently, from performing gainful work, it could also be considered catastrophic.

Whether physical or mental, if a loss of capacity or a deformity is involved, it may be considered a catastrophic injury. This could include a spinal injury (paralysis), brain damage, amputation (loss of limb), traumatic brain injury, and more.

Catastrophic Injuries – Common Types and Causes

Catastrophic injuries can occur in infinite ways. Frequently, freak accidents are to blame. Where the most common causes of catastrophic injuries are concerned, these are included:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Slip and fall incidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Defective pharmaceuticals/product defects
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Hazardous worksite/construction accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents

Catastrophic Injuries – Expenses

You might be trying to determine the future outlook of your financial situation following a recent catastrophic injury. The following expenses could be included when you pursue a personal injury legal claim:

  • Assistance from caregivers or home health aides
  • Ongoing occupational/physical therapies
  • Emotional distress counseling
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of the ability to enjoy life
  • Prosthetics
  • Assistive devices such as a walker, wheelchair, etc.
  • Loss of future earning capacity/wages
  • Medical treatment

One important thing to remember is that numerous people can be affected by a catastrophic injury – not just the person who was injured. Discuss this with your attorney.

Have You Been the Victim of a Catastrophic Injury?

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a catastrophic injury, let Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe, and Fein, P.C. be of service. What you need right now is someone to deal with the insurance companies and stand up for your rights. For every one of our clients, we do all we can to provide a stress-free litigation process.

If you have questions as to how we can be of assistance in your injury case, you’ve got nothing to lose – and everything to gain – by requesting a free consultation.

When it comes to catastrophic injuries and personal injury law, we are leaders in the industry. We get results!

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