While any injury can impact your life for a time, an injury that results in permanent changes to your quality of life and ability to earn a living is considered serious from a personal injury standpoint. Serious or catastrophic injuries require special considerations when seeking compensation from the party who caused your accident. You will need an attorney who understands the challenges of these kinds of cases. Attorney Andrew G. Rosenberg knows what it takes to see that your current and future needs are met following a catastrophic accident.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
Any injury that leaves you with a permanent disability or impairment may be considered catastrophic. Likewise, an injury that requires extreme medical intervention and costly ongoing treatment and therapy is considered serious. Examples of serious injuries include the following:
- Paralysis. Damage to the spinal cord or brain can cause permanent partial or total paralysis, confining the victim to a wheelchair or worse. Victims of a spinal cord injury often require emergency surgery following the accident, ongoing physical rehabilitation, in-home or rehab center care, help with daily tasks, assistive equipment, and much more. These treatments and adaptations can cost millions of dollars over the course of a lifetime.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI). A blow to the head—or violent shaking of the body—can cause permanent brain damage. A severe TBI can result in paralysis, loss of cognitive ability, difficulty with language, and changes in personality, all of which can limit a person’s ability to work and care for themselves. Victims of severe TBI often have to re-learn basic skills, such as walking, talking, and eating, and require lifelong care and support.
- Amputation. Losing a limb in a traumatic accident can drastically alter a person’s future. Intense and ongoing physical therapy, adaptive devices, artificial limbs, and other medical expenses are often required for amputees, many of whom are unable to return to earning a living doing the work they did before the accident.
- Scarring or disfigurement. Fires, broken glass, chemical exposure, and crushing accidents can cause visible scarring and disfigurement that make it difficult for the victim to return to the life they had before the accident. The astronomical cost of medical and psychological treatment and the loss of income can significantly impact the victim’s quality of life.
- Other injuries. Any injury that significantly impacts a victim’s quality of life and ability to earn a living may be considered catastrophic and require special legal representation to recover.
When the accident that led to your serious injuries was caused by another person’s negligence, your attorney will have to negotiate or sue for a settlement that will cover current costs and anticipate future costs of treatment, adaptation, and care.
What Kinds of Accidents Result in Serious Injuries?
Any time you leave your house—and sometimes even when you stay home—you risk an accident that causes a catastrophic injury. However, when the accident was caused by the carelessness or negligence of another person or business, that party should be held accountable for your losses. Examples of catastrophic accidents include:
- Motor vehicle crashes. The most common cause of catastrophic injury is a car, truck, or motorcycle crash. Spinal cord injury, TBI, amputations, and disfigurements can all result from a vehicle crash caused by a negligent driver.
- Slip and fall. Slippery floors, trip hazards, and uneven surfaces can cause customers and visitors to slip and fall on another person’s property and may lead to a TBI or serious back injury requiring long-term treatment.
- Fall from height. Unstable decks and porches, unsecured railings, and uneven steps can cause people to fall from a height, hitting their head or breaking their back.
- Negligent security. An assault in a parking lot may be the result of poor lighting or lack of security. A business owner may be liable for the victim’s injuries if he failed to adequately secure his property.
- Crushing accident. Heavy objects falling from store shelves, run-ins with forklifts, and unsecured machinery can seriously injure workers and customers alike.
We Fight for Victims of Serious Injury
When you are seriously injured by the negligence of another party, you need a law firm who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve and that you will need to cope with your injuries for the rest of your life. Call the Law Office of Andrew G. Rosenberg, P.C. to schedule your free case evaluation today.