Yes. Catastrophic injuries are devastating, and their impact can last a lifetime. They include damage to the brain or spinal cord, amputation of limbs, facial scarring, injuries that harm sexual function, etc. If someone else’s misconduct or negligence harmed you, Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers could help you pursue financial recovery.
Can I Sue for a Catastrophic Injury?
The law has provisions that allow victims of catastrophic injury to seek compensation from the at-fault party. In some cases, there could be more than one responsible party, which complicates your case. Our lawyer will investigate whether a reasonable person could have acted that way.
We must then prove these elements of liability:
- Duty of Care: The person owes you and others a duty to obey rules (e.g., traffic rules) for the safety of everyone.
- Breach: The person violated their duty of care to you. For example, an employer fails to perform safety inspections on their equipment.
- Proximate Cause: This person’s bad behavior led to your injury. For example, a drunk motorist crashed into you and inflicted catastrophic injuries.
- Recoverable Damages: Since you’ve incurred medical bills and lost income due to unscheduled downtime, your earning power is significantly reduced.
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How Much Is My Catastrophic Injury Case Worth?
The amount of financial reward you are entitled to depends on many factors. During the initial consultations, our lawyer will review your case to determine if there are grounds for a claim. This determination is based on the ability to prove negligence beyond a shadow of a doubt, including before a jury if the case goes to trial.
The following factors will influence the amount of compensation you may receive:
- The degree of catastrophic injury
- Cost of emergency care and ongoing care
- The number of days you missed work
- Cost of patient monitoring
- Any home accommodations made
- How these injuries affect your daily life
- Availability of insurance coverage for everyone concerned
- If your injuries are permanent or not
- The size of the insurance policy
- Degree of comparative fault
What Are Examples of Catastrophic Injury Cases?
Catastrophic injuries can result from tragic events like defective medical devices, elderly abuse, birthing injuries, auto accidents, etc. Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) fall in this category, and their incidence rate is exceptionally high.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCIC) surmises there are roughly 17,810 cases of spinal cord injury every year. This figure excludes victims who perished at the scene of the accident where the SCI happened.
Such harrowing data points to a worrisome trend where everyday people suffer irreparable harm at the hands of others. Below are some notable cases:
Misdiagnosed Heart Condition ($25 million)
A cardiologist wrongly recommended that a patient stop taking his heart medications and take over-the-counter drugs. Months later, the patient suffered a massive coronary attack and had to undergo seven surgeries to save his life. He also needed an urgent heart transplant within five years.
Hinkley Groundwater Contamination ($333 million)
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) was accused of dumping millions of gallons of chromium-tainted wastewater into the local water system. This heinous act went on from 1952 to 1966, and area residents developed cancers and other severe illnesses. The case became a class action lawsuit, hence the massive financial reward.
What Does the Catastrophic Injury Claim Process Entail?
Catastrophic injury cases differ from other personal injury cases because their legal battles are more complex, and settlements are higher. Lawyers bring on board various experts to testify and use forensic economic testimony to compute a reasonable figure.
The process unfolds as follows:
- Investigating and collecting evidence
- Establishing liability (can be multiple parties)
- Determining the value of your claim
- Filing a claim with the respective insurance carrier
- Negotiating with insurance adjusters
- Filing a civil claim against the at-fault individual or corporations
- Defending your rights to get the highest settlement possible
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Why Should I Hire a Lawyer?
Dealing with catastrophic injuries is not straightforward. There are many hurdles, and seemingly innocent mistakes could tank your case. Our attorneys know how these cases unfold and how to present irrefutable evidence in legal proceedings.
The level of investigation needed cannot be achieved by a lone individual. Darryl “The Hammer” Isaacs has the resources needed to research extensively and hire experts to give testimony in depositions. What’s more, our law firm will track down witnesses to testify in your favor and cover all upfront fees and costs without asking for a down payment.
Contact Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers for Legal Counsel
Are you experiencing financial hardship after a catastrophic injury? Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers can gather key evidence to support your case. We have an in-house team of paralegals and litigators ready to serve you.
We understand the potential long-term effects of catastrophic injuries and will factor this in when suing for damages. Trust us to defend your rights and keep you abreast with case developments. Contact us to learn more about filing catastrophic injury lawsuits.