What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
Under the legal definition, a catastrophic injury prevents a person from maintaining gainful employment. These injuries are often very severe, and occur suddenly and without warning. Car crashes, commercial trucking wrecks, workplace incidents, and pedestrian accidents commonly cause these injuries. Victims may suffer permanent physical and mental handicaps.
There are several types of catastrophic injuries. These include:
- Accidental amputations
- Blindness or loss of an eye
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Severe burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Multiple fractures
- Crushed limbs
These injuries may result in long-lasting symptoms that will hinder a victim’s quality of life. Patients may have to undergo surgeries and extensive physical therapy. Medication may also provide some relief from chronic pain and other symptoms. In cases where the victim loses a limb or becomes partially or fully paralyzed, he or she will have to adjust to a different quality of life.
Medical bills, as well as costs to make your home wheelchair accessible and the expense of hiring in-home living assistance or full-time medical care, can quickly add up. Because you will be unable to work, this will create a financial burden. It is important to hire an experienced catastrophic injury lawyer to represent your case and pursue the justice you deserve.
Depending on the situation, you may be able to receive compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Medical bills
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Other economic and non-economic damages
Furthermore, you may be entitled to punitive damages, which are designed to punish a defendant. This is only granted in cases where the defendant showed a gross disregard for human life or used egregious behavior. For example, if a drunk or reckless driver hit you, you may be able to receive punitive damages.
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The Law Office of Robert J. Kaiser has more than 20 years of legal experience. We are passionate about holding negligent individuals accountable in court. If you or a loved one have suffered a catastrophic injury, our Santa Clarita catastrophic injury lawyer will aggressively fight on your behalf. You have enough stress as it is without having to deal with legal matters. We will walk you through the legal process as you seek the compensation you need to recover and move forward from this situation.
Contact us today to discuss your case with our knowledgeable attorney. We offer free case evaluations to all prospective clients.