Canton Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
Did You Suffer Catastrophic Injuries in an Accident?
Simple accidents happen daily. In some cases, the outcomes aren’t that simple, however. People might slip and fall down a single step or a whole flight of stairs, especially when railings are inadequate or defective. Reckless drivers cause injuries when they crash into another person’s car. Simple accidents aren’t a big problem as long as individuals walk away with only minor bumps and bruises. If you suffer major or catastrophic injuries, however, you may struggle with pain, disabilities, and financial losses for the rest of your life.
Seemingly common accidents often lead to long-term medical care, ongoing medical expenses, lost wages, and unexpected disabilities. When another person causes or contributes to your injury, that individual should cover your damages. Unfortunately, negligent people or entities do not always step up and take responsibility for their actions. Therefore, it’s up to you and a Canton catastrophic injury attorney to do what’s necessary to make them pay.
What are common catastrophic injuries?
Federal law considers any kind of permanent injury preventing an individual from working as catastrophic. Yet, some injuries happen more than others. Some common kinds of catastrophic injuries include:
- Severe burns are not just really painful, but they can also be traumatic and produce life-long physical and psychological pain. Burns are classified as catastrophic when they cover much of the body and require reconstructive surgeries, skin grafts, and sometimes a medically induced coma to recover. Even with medical care, the risk of infection because of wide, deep burns is significant.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are caused by an external force striking or penetrating the skull. These injuries are generally caused by a violent blow to the head or by an object penetrating the skull. Traumatic brain injuries commonly occur in severe car accidents, slips and falls, and workplace injuries. Brain injuries that are classified as catastrophic often mean that a victim experiences cognitive problems, like loss of memory and ability to concentrate; physical problems, like impaired coordination and balance and loss of motor functioning; hearing issues; vision problems; and behavioral problems, like depression, anxiety, and aggression. In situations with severe brain injuries, victims may experience a coma, a vegetative state, or death.
- Spinal cord injuries can be catastrophic because of how important the spine is to the human body’s function. A traumatic spinal cord injury can happen due to a sudden blow to the spine during a car crash or slip and fall. A catastrophic spinal cord injury frequently causes permanent loss of strength, sensation, and function below the site of the injury. This can cause temporary paralysis or even lifelong paraplegia or quadriplegia. In these cases, the injured victim will likely require extensive rehabilitation and assistive devices to get back some movement and independence.
- Severe orthopedic injuries such as crushed bones and fractures requiring multiple surgical procedures are also classified as catastrophic. A crushed bone or multiple fractures usually occurs when force or pressure is placed on a body part. Oftentimes these types of injuries are due to being stuck in between two heavy objects in a car accident or a workplace accident. Crushed bone injuries are incredibly painful, may require several surgeries, and run the risk of long-lasting problems.
- Amputation, meaning the loss of a limb or an extremity, is usually a result of a major accident. An amputation often can not be fixed and might put the individual’s life at risk. Amputations are less common than most other catastrophic injuries, but when they do happen it usually means a permanent disability for those whose amputations were a result of an accident.
- Long-term vision or hearing loss clearly creates a significant problem for those that suffer these kinds of injuries. Therefore, vision and hearing loss are categorized as catastrophic. When an individual no longer has the ability to hear or see, they face a lifetime of hardship, economic problems, pain and suffering, lost income potential, and independence.
What kinds of damages can I recover?
If the court rules in your favor or you reach a settlement before litigation, you can receive damages for losses you (or your loved one) have sustained as a result of the catastrophic injury.
Examples of types of damages you can recover include:
- Present and future estimated medical treatment costs, including ambulance service, emergency room visit, hospitalization, surgery, medication, ongoing treatment, and continued nursing care in a long-term care facility
- Lost income and lost earning capacity to compensate catastrophic injury victims who can not return to work or pursue future employment
- Home modification costs to make a house more accessible for a person with a catastrophic injury by adding things like wheelchair ramps, handrails, as well as constructing a main floor living area for those that can not use stairs
- Costs for replacement services a household must use for tasks and labor the accident victim did prior to their injuries, such as a lawn care service, snow removal service, childcare, and a cleaning service
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Decreased quality of life
- Loss of consortium with a partner
- Punitive damages in extreme cases of gross negligence or intentional harm
How can an experienced lawyer help my claim?
Catastrophic injuries are life-altering events that leave victims economically devastated. Recovering damages for catastrophic injuries is more than receiving compensation for negligence, it is an essential source of funding for future costs related to the injury. Adding insult to injury, insurance providers use every technique in their playbook to protect their bottom line and avoid paying claims.
Catastrophic injury claims are high-value claims that need additional resources and skilled attorneys. Experienced catastrophic injury lawyers do not just submit paperwork, they advocate for you and your loved one every step of the way.
Examples of how catastrophic injury attorneys help their clients include:
- Investigating a case to uncover all the facts
- Creating a strong case against the opposition
- Consulting with professionals who help raise value to a claim
- Obtaining valuable witness testimony
- Negotiating with insurance companies
- Bringing a case to court when settlement is not an option
- Negotiating to reduce medical bills when a top settlement offer is obtained
Catastrophic injuries devastate victims and their loved ones physically, emotionally, and financially. Contact our experienced Canton catastrophic injury lawyers to see if we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
If a negligent person or business causes catastrophic injuries to you or a loved one, you need to take immediate action to protect your legal rights. At Marko Law, we constantly fight hard to recover damages for our clients, and we’d like to determine if we can assist you.
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If you are ready to start your case or need more information about Catastrophic Injury in Canton, Michigan, contact Marko Law Firm today. Let us represent you as you seek justice and compensation for your pain and damages. Call (313) 777-7LAW today to get a free consultation or visit our website: MarkoLaw.com to get more information.