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Serious Injury

Serious (or “catastrophic”) injuries are usually defined as those that permanently prevent an individual from living their life in the same way they would have before they were hurt. They often involve permanent disabilities and have very long-term effects on the person suffering and their families.

Common catastrophic injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Severe burns
  • Accidental amputations
  • Brain injury
  • Paralysis

The most common causes of catastrophic injuries are motor vehicle accidents, construction site falls, medical malpractice, and intentional acts of violence – but serious injuries can arise in many different situations. No matter how you were injured, receiving immediate, high-quality medical care is of the utmost importance. These types of injuries often require years of follow-up care.

Serious injuries are likely to negatively affect the entire family. The injured individual likely can no longer contribute to the household in the same way, and may need lifetime medical and personal care. The plaintiff may feel compelled to bring a lawsuit because the wellbeing of their family depends on receiving compensation from the responsible party. It’s vital to consult with an attorney right away to be aware of your rights and seek compensation.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. However, while most cases do not go to trial, it is still important to find a lawyer with substantial trial experience when you’re dealing with a serious injury.  Lawyers with this type of experience have more leverage when negotiating with the defendant’s insurance than litigators who settle most of their cases.

Because serious injuries can drastically alter the victim’s life, the damages in these cases are often substantial. The damages are likely to include medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, and property damage. They’ll likely also include significant noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, or permanent disability. It’s best to consult an attorney to understand what kind of damages you’ll be able to seek in your case.

The main types of damages are known as compensatory damages – economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are based on tangible, objective expenses, like medical bills, lost income, or property damage. Non-economic damages are more subjective. They include things like pain and suffering, mental anguish, and lost enjoyment of life. Punitive damages – awarded in cases where the defendants actions were particularly egregious – are meant to punish the defendant and deter this type of conduct. They are rarely granted, but can be large when they are.

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