Catastrophic Injuries and Permanent Disability
When someone survives a multi-vehicle collision, an explosion or fire with life threatening injuries that will change their lives forever, this is a catastrophic injury. These kinds of injuries can have a devastating impact on the life of the injured person, as well as his or her family. A catastrophic injury often results in the need for ongoing medical care and can cause permanent disability. These types of injuries can also cause tremendous suffering, physical impairment and disfigurement.
When is an injury considered to be a permanent disability?
An injured person is said to have a permanent disability when they suffer residual effects long after the accident and require ongoing medical care to attend to their injuries. Another consideration is the impact of the injury on the person’s ability to work. Ongoing health conditions such as brain injuries, paraplegia, loss of hearing or loss of sight can have a negative impact on the person’s ability to earn an income. If the accident that caused the injuries was the result of someone’s negligence, victims have the right to bring a lawsuit against the responsible party in order to pursue compensation for their injuries and losses.
Receiving fair compensation for residual injuries
Some of the damages (financial compensation) that an injured person might receive if their claim after a severe injury is successful include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of current and future income
- Loss of the enjoyment of life
- Permanent disability payments
Because of the tremendous impact these injuries have on people’s lives, it is vital that victims have access to all of the support they need to deal with their suffering both physical and mental. Successfully recovering damages in a lawsuit will provide that support.
How can a catastrophic injury attorney be helpful?
Our attorneys have the experience and the resources to litigate these kinds of complex injury cases and get the compensation our clients deserve. We offer aggressive representation throughout the long and challenging process of personal injury litigation. Dealing with a catastrophic injury is not something that most people have experience with. We advise our clients and equip them to make informed decisions related to their specific circumstances.
The information contained in this blog post is general information, and should not be treated as legal advice. No attorney/client relationship exists between the reader and Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC without a signed Attorney Contract Agreement of Representation. Each case is unique and past results should not be treated as a guarantee of the results in your case.