A catastrophic injury gravely impacts the victim’s quality of life as well the lives of his or her loved ones. The injury may limit the victim’s movement, dramatically reduce the victim’s mobility and prevent the victim from participating in previously-enjoyed activities. A long-term or permanent injury can prevent the victim from returning to work even after a diagnosis of full recovery.
What Constitutes a Catastrophic Injury?
Catastrophic injuries are those that prevent the victim from caring for herself or himself. This disability often results in the need for the victim’s family members to help care for the victim upon the victim’s return home from the hospital. A catastrophic injury may prevent its victim from functioning both physically and mentally, especially if a head wound was inflicted. Such injuries result in severe emotional harm as well. We are experts at marshalling the evidence necessary to prove those harms, and at maximizing victims’ recovery because they have been suffered.
Examples of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries take many forms. Damage to the internal organs, bone fractures, and severe burns are a few of the most common. Spinal cord injuries that result in paralysis, traumatic brain injuries that result in diminished mental capacity and limb amputations are considered to be the most serious. These injuries and more can result in lifelong disability and greatly reduced quality of life. But a person often suffers a lifetime of symptoms from even lesser symptoms.
What Causes A Catastrophic Injury?
Our obvious specialty is bicycle and pedestrian accidents. But we have obtained outstanding results for our clients in automobile and slip-and-fall accidents as well. Other causes of catastrophic injuries include fires, athletic injuries and assaults. An injury can occur any time and at any place. It can occur while a person is at work, spending time with family or friends or simply while they are shopping at the mall. No matter how careful a person is when it comes to their safety, accidents happen.
How Is Compensation for Catastrophic Injuries Determined?
When it comes to catastrophic injuries, compensation is normally determined by a combination of past and future economic damages (bills for medical care, long-term care, lost income and other economic damages), and the impact on the victim’s quality of life. For example, a person who loses a limb may still be able to work, but may not be able to perform the functions of their current job. Their prospects for other employment may also be severely limited.
A person who suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may not be able to function independently. A victim of TBI may require personalized care for the rest of his or her life.
Another factor in determining compensation is whether or not the person or company responsible for the accident knew there was a risk.
Attorney Josh Cohen
Attorney Josh Cohen understands the needs of individuals who have suffered a catastrophic injury. He has the knowledge and experience to aggressively represent his clients forced to live with extensive injuries due to someone else’s negligence. Ensures his clients get the maximum compensation to which they are entitled after suffering a catastrophic injury.