You might call an earthquake or hurricane a catastrophe. When you do, you conjure visions of devastating consequences that will have lifelong impacts on how we think and interact with the world after the event. That’s precisely what happens on an individual scale when someone suffers from a catastrophic injury. It’s an immensely serious injury that leaves a person with devastating, lifelong medical and emotional consequences.
Unfortunately, some catastrophic injuries are the result of someone else’s negligent or reckless actions. Not only do catastrophic injuries affect your body, but they also negatively impact your financial future. You may face a massive pile of medical bills and wonder how to cover the costs. If someone else caused your injury, you might be able to hold them legally responsible, or liable, and demand they compensate you for the damages they caused.
At DeMayo Law Offices, we don’t think you should be left to fend for yourself when someone else is responsible for causing a life-altering accident. The attorneys with DeMayo Law Offices understand what you need because we’ve helped injured North Carolinians like you.
We’ll treat you with compassion while we protect your rights and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve. If an accident left you with catastrophic injuries, contact one of our North Carolina catastrophic injury lawyers at (877) 333-1000 to schedule a free case evaluation.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
The phrase catastrophic injury refers to conditions that affect a victim permanently and significantly. Catastrophic injuries can result in death, permanent disabilities such as paralysis, or serious injuries that leave a victim with lasting daily consequences.
They’re particularly emotionally devastating for victims and their families because they can significantly alter the direction of an individual’s work and personal life. Individuals who suffer from catastrophic injuries may require prolonged medical care. If they’re unable to return to work, they may need permanent disability support.
The significance of these consequences requires the attention of an experienced lawyer. If you’ve been catastrophically injured, you may be able to seek significant damages to help you and your family recover the money you’ve spent on treatment and live comfortably in the future.
What Types of Injuries Are Considered Catastrophic?
A catastrophic injury is a life-altering injury. They impact a person’s ability to work, earn a living, care for themselves, care for their children or other loved ones, drive a car, and carry out basic tasks. Examples of injuries that could be considered catastrophic may include:
- Spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Amputations or loss of limbs
- Severe burns
- Vision and hearing loss
- Serious organ damage
While these are some of the most common catastrophic injuries, other serious injuries may fall under the same umbrella. Consulting with an attorney experienced in handling catastrophic injury cases, like ours at DeMayo Law Offices, is the best way to determine if your injuries may qualify for a catastrophic injury claim.
Causes of Catastrophic Injuries that May Result in a Lawsuit
Accidents can happen, but when an accident is a result of a negligent or reckless act leaving someone with life-altering injuries, that may be grounds for a catastrophic injury claim or lawsuit. There are many different situations where someone else’s actions may result in a serious accident and even more serious injuries. Some examples include:
- Large truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Car accidents
- Boating accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Workplace accidents- especially in factories or construction sites
- Falls from significant heights
- Vicious dog or animal attacks
- Defective products or drugs
- Serious medical mistakes or errors
Why You Need an Attorney Experienced in Handling Catastrophic Injuries
After your injury, you may just want to move on and forget it. If someone else caused your injury, that might be a mistake. You could be owed significant compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You need a lawyer to help.
Catastrophic injury cases can become very complicated. To begin, an experienced attorney will gather evidence to build a strong case against the party responsible for the accident that caused your life-changing injury. This may require extensive research into medical records, incident reports or police reports, photo evidence, video surveillance, and other documents to establish the extent of your injuries and the fault of the party responsible.
Calculating the amount of damages you may be entitled to can also turn complicated. It’s not as simple as adding up the weeks of work you missed and the medical bills that you’ve received. Catastrophic injuries result in extensive and expensive medical treatment that can span different hospitals, doctors, rehabilitation clinics, pharmacies, and other medical providers.
Your attorney will also calculate the future medical expenses you can expect, whether you’ll need in-home care, more rehabilitation, medical devices, changes to your home, future surgeries, the list goes on. More insubstantial losses, like the impacts on your mental health, your family, and your lifestyle, will also need a monetary value.
It takes an attorney experienced in handling catastrophic injury cases to fight for the compensation that you deserve to cover all of your damages: past and future, economic and non-economic. Getting shortchanged by an insurance company or being advised by an inexperienced attorney to settle early could leave you in with financial headaches. Contact the legal team at DeMayo Law Offices for the help you need.
Contact DeMayo Law Offices If You’ve Suffered a Catastrophic Injury.
If you suffered a catastrophic injury due to an accident, you may feel overwhelmed. It’s hard to cope with sudden changes to your health and even harder to imagine what your life will look like in the future. But you don’t have to go it alone.
That’s where the team at DeMayo Law Offices comes into play. We help injured North Carolinians just like you get the compensation they deserve after a devastating accident.
Focus on your recovery while we focus on your legal options. Contact the office of DeMayo Law Offices at (877) 333-1000 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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