Indianapolis is the largest city in Indiana, with hundreds of busy roadways. While auto accidents are one cause of catastrophic injuries, any type of accident can cause debilitating injuries that take months or years to recover from. An accident may happen due to someone’s negligence.
If someone else’s negligence caused your catastrophic injury, you can seek compensation to help you and your family with accident-related financial hardship. An Indianapolis catastrophic injury lawyer from Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers can help hold negligent parties accountable and recover compensation on your behalf.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
According to IC § 35-31.5-2-34.5, a catastrophic injury is defined as “bodily injury so severe that a person’s ability to live independently is significantly impaired for a period of at least one year.”
These serious injuries take months or years to heal but still have lasting pain, mobility issues, a decline in cognitive function, and other long-term conditions. Most catastrophic injuries also cause a person to be unable to work during their recovery, and many can lead to lifelong disability after the accident.
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Types of Catastrophic Injuries in Indianapolis
What’s considered a catastrophic injury is broad, so any type of personal injury can be classified as catastrophic if it meets the criteria outlined in the civil statute. Here are some of the most common types of catastrophic injuries we help clients seek much-needed compensation for:
- Severe or multiple bone fractures
- Severe burns
- Severe cuts and lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Hearing or sight loss
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Illness or injury after exposure to harmful chemicals or other substances
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How Catastrophic Injuries Occur
A catastrophic injury can occur in any type of accident. But the more severe the accident, the more severe your injuries may be. The most common types of accidents we represent with victims suffering from catastrophic injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Dog bites and attacks
- Slip and fall incidents
- Workplace accidents
- Wrongful Death
Even if you don’t feel that you’ve suffered a severe injury after an accident, you should always seek medical attention right away. That’s because the symptoms of a catastrophic injury may develop over days or weeks after an incident. By seeing a doctor right away, you can get examined for potential injuries. An early diagnosis can make a huge difference in your recovery.
You Can Recover Compensation for a Catastrophic Injury
An Indianapolis catastrophic injury lawyer from Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers can help you recover both economic and noneconomic damages. That means you can get money for things that have a price tag, like medical costs, and those that are harder to assign a monetary value, like pain and suffering.
Here are some of the economic damages you can get compensation for:
- Current medical costs, including hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation, physical therapy, medication, and medical devices
- Costs of future medical treatment
- Costs of home modification and other injury-related accommodations
- Lost wages and benefits during recovery or over a lifetime
- Lost earning capacity due to disability
- Lost spousal support
These are a few of the noneconomic damages we can secure compensation for:
- Physical pain
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring, disfigurement, and amputation
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional and psychological stress
How Much Compensation Will You Receive?
Unfortunately, we can’t give an estimate on how much your settlement may be until we review the facts of your case. There are many factors we’ll use to get a comprehensive picture of how your injury impacts your life and calculate your damages. Factors that can influence how much compensation you may be entitled to include:
- Your age at the time of the accident
- Your injury diagnosis and severity
- Your prognosis for recovery
- The number of at-fault parties
- The number of potential sources of compensation
- How your accident occurred
- Impacts on your personal and professional life, including mobility and cognitive function issues
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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Seek Compensation
In Indiana, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit, per IC § 34-11-2-4. However, if you were a minor during your accident, you may have more time to file. Your catastrophic injury lawyer will advise you on how the statute of limitations applies to your case.
Many insurance companies and other liable parties prefer to settle out of court. The negotiation process can take weeks or months before we’re able to settle or determine that negotiations will not work in recovering a just settlement. So, your legal team needs as much time as they can get to gather all the evidence, build a strong case, and file your personal injury lawsuit before time runs out. That’s why it’s so important to contact a lawyer right away after an accident.
How Our Indianapolis Catastrophic Injury Attorneys Can Help
The legal team at Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers has over 400 years of combined legal experience, and we’ve recovered $1 billion for our clients. While we serve clients from Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio, we also have an office located conveniently in Indianapolis.
You can trust that we will provide you with the same high-quality legal counsel we’ve provided countless other clients. Here’s how we can help your case:
- Collect vital evidence about your accident and injuries
- Calculate economic and noneconomic damages
- Handle all insurance claims
- Communicate with the at-fault party’s insurance company and legal representatives
- Negotiate for a just settlement on your behalf
- File a personal injury lawsuit, if necessary
- Represent you in court
- Advise you at each step of the process
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We also have Spanish-speaking paralegals and attorneys who can work with clients who are more confident in that language. We’re also proud to serve victims by taking cases on a contingency-fee basis. That means you don’t pay until we win or settle your case.
Contact our office today for your free, no-obligation case evaluation.