A catastrophic injury means an injury which causes a person to endure permanent or severe functional disability, or one that leads to serious head or spinal injuries. Victims of these type of injuries will typically suffer the repercussions of the injuries throughout their entire life.
Furthermore, catastrophic injuries can often place significant stress on the victim’s family since the injured person may require constant assistance or supervision for the remainder of their lives. A lifetime of medical bills and rehabilitation is in order as well.
Was Your Injury Caused by Negligence?
If an individual has suffered a catastrophic injury due to the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of another party, he or she may file a personal injury claim to recover economic and noneconomic damages. The victim is entitled to recover the full range of damages suffered over the course of his or her lifetime.
The following are the available monetary damages for victims of catastrophic injury:
- Past and future medical expenses, such as rehabilitation
- Lost income and any lost earning potential as a result of the accident and injury
- Costs of in-home care and equipment, including wheelchairs and customized vehicles
- Pain and suffering endured throughout the victim’s lifetime
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages, if the defendant’s actions were gregarious and/or malicious
The victim, also known as the plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit, must show that the defendant owed him or her a legal duty to act in a reasonable manner, the defendant breached this duty by acting irresponsible or failing to act in a reasonable manner, this breach resulted in the plaintiff’s injuries, and the victim suffered damages due to the breach and injuries.
Since proving causation and the full range of damages are typically the most challenging obstacles to overcome in a catastrophic injury case, it is imperative that a victim hires an experienced attorney. A lawyer with a proven track record can investigate the accident, examine all of the available evidence, seek the professional assistance of accident experts, and build a strong case strategy.