Catastrophic Injury Claims
Compensation for the Costs of a Severe Injury
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury, you are likely facing an expensive road to recovery. Medical bills, lost wages, and other costs associated with recovery can often push an individual or family into a dire financial situation.
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury in an accident that was not your fault, you deserve financial compensation for all of these costs, in addition to non-economic damages for your pain, suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Call Daly & Black, P.C. today at (888) 777-1839 for skilled legal advocacy. We can fight for you and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
The Cost of a Serious Injury
When you take into account the medical costs to recover from a catastrophic injury, including rehabilitation, travel expenses to and from the doctor’s office, modifications to your home to accommodate a disability, psychiatric care, medications, medical and assistive devices, and more, your injury could cost you and your family hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars over your lifetime.
As an example of how much a catastrophic injury may cost in the long term, consider the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that a spinal cord injury victim can expect to pay up to $30,000 per year in medical expenses, with a lifetime total as high as $3 million. These figures also do not include the amount of money that the person may lose due to being forced out of work due to partial or total disability.
Common Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries include:
- Spine or spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries or skull fractures
- Birth injuries
- Loss of limb/amputation
- Severe burn injuries
- Severe disfigurement or painful scarring
These injuries are common after car accidents and other roadway accidents. In fact, motor vehicle accidents account for 17.3% of brain injuries. 16.5% are caused by being struck by or against objects, which can often justify a premises liability or workplace accident claim.
The Statute of Limitations in Catastrophic Injury Claims
In general, it is always wise to reach out to an attorney about your claim as soon as possible. While the statute of limitations, or the time period a victim has to file, varies from state to state, getting started on your claim earlier can help lawyer build a stronger case on your behalf. Some states give you as little as one year to bring a lawsuit against the negligent party responsible for your injuries, though there may be exceptions if the victim is a minor, disabled, or if the negligent party left the state.
After your injury, keep detailed records and receipts and ensure your doctor(s) include all of your symptoms, including any worsening symptoms, in your medical records. Note the time you spent off work due to your injuries and any wages lost. Keep a record of your travel time to and from doctor’s appointments and note the costs of all medications prescribed. You may also want to take detailed pictures of physical symptoms, including bruising, scarring, broken bones, and abrasions. This evidence will help your lawyer build a stronger claim for compensation.
Contact us now for an initial case evaluation and to get the claims process started!
Let a catastrophic injury lawyer from Daly & Black P.C., represent you in legal action against the party who caused your accident. We know how much may be at stake for your future, with your ability to make ends meet and to support your family, and we want to fight to recover the compensation you need to move on from this incident. Your life will never be the same again, but with our help you may at least be able to achieve justice for the wrongs you have suffered.