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Catastrophic Injury FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Catastrophic Injuries in Atlanta

All injuries are painful or cause us discomfort and hardship, but catastrophic injuries are set apart from the rest due to their severe nature. Generally, individuals who suffer catastrophic injuries are unable to achieve a full recovery and are forced to live with the effects of their injury for the rest of their lives. As such, compensation in such cases is often greater in order to account for the lifetime medical costs victims tend to face. If you sustained catastrophic injuries as a result of someone else’s negligent actions, contact the personal injury team at Pratt Clay, LLC for the exceptional legal representation you deserve during this difficult time.


Learn more about catastrophic injuries by reading the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding such cases:

What is a catastrophic injury?

Injuries that create unavoidable and potentially permanent hardships in a person’s everyday life is generally considered a catastrophic injury. These injuries frequently involve extensive medical treatment, long-term rehabilitation, and oftentimes, lifelong pain.

What types of injuries are catastrophic?

Accidents can happen anywhere and catastrophic injuries are just as varied as the accidents that cause them. Many of them typically occur in motor vehicle accidents, accidents involving industrial machinery, or as a result of dangerous environmental conditions. Types of physical injuries that are considered catastrophic include sensory loss, severe brain damage, spinal cord injuries or paralysis, amputation injuries, organ rupture or failure, and severe burns.

What kind of accidents commonly lead to catastrophic injuries?

Accidents can happen anywhere and in any situation, possibly leading to catastrophic injuries, but some are more common than others, putting victims at a much higher risk. Accidents that frequently lead to catastrophic injuries include car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, industrial accidents, and swimming pool accidents, to name a few.

What are the long-term effects of a catastrophic injury?

The long-term effects of a catastrophic injury will vary depending on the type of injury a person suffered. That said, most of the effects of these types of injuries can fit into three specific categories. The first category is physical impairment, which includes having a difficult time walking, trouble with balance, body part amputation, and paralysis. The second category is mental impairment such as difficulty thinking clearly, changes in personality, slowed thought process, short-term and long-term memory loss, and confusion. Lastly, sensory issues are the final category. This includes having trouble with speaking, experiencing ongoing physical pain, loss of the ability to hear, or loss of vision. In many cases, the effects of one’s injury can fall into all three of these categories.

What kind of compensation can I seek after being involved in a catastrophic accident?

Medical bills will be one of the biggest burdens those suffering from catastrophic injuries will face due to the fact that treatment and assistance are likely to be ongoing and can easily rack up. That said, it is not the only compensation one can receive for catastrophic injuries. Depending on a few different factors, such as the severity of your injuries and whether or not they were caused by negligence, you could be entitled to compensatory or punitive damages. You will also receive compensation for pain and suffering, which encompasses a victim’s overall discomfort and how the injuries affected his or her relationships and job, to name a few.

Should I speak to the insurance company?

Soon after the accident, an insurance adjuster from the at-fault party’s insurance company will reach out to you to begin an initial investigation. It is necessary to cooperate with, but it is usually in your best interest to allow your attorney to do so on your behalf. The unfortunate truth is that insurance adjusters have one primary goal – to ensure you receive little to no compensation for your injuries in order to protect their employer’s interests. Remember, insurance companies want to make a profit, so they will do what they can to minimize your claim, even if it means taking advantage of you during a difficult and vulnerable time.

The insurance company made an offer. Should I accept it?

Never accept any settlement offers from an insurance company before you are able to consult with a personal injury attorney, particularly in catastrophic injury cases. By accepting compensation, you forfeit your right to file any additional claims in the future. You will not be able to reopen your case if you realize that the settlement you received is not adequate enough to cover the costs associated with your injuries. An experienced attorney will be able to help you determine the full value of your case in terms of past, present, and future medical bills as well as lost wages and other additional losses.


For more information on catastrophic injuries,
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