Detroit Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
Did You Sustain Catastrophic Injuries in an Accident?
Simple accidents occur daily. In some cases, the outcomes aren’t that simple, though. People may slip and fall down a single step or an entire flight of stairs, particularly when railings are inadequate or defective. Reckless drivers cause injuries when they crash into someone else’s vehicle. Simple accidents aren’t a major concern as long as people walk away with only minor bumps and bruises. If you sustain severe or catastrophic injuries, however, you may struggle with pain, disabilities, and economic losses for the rest of your life.
Seemingly common accidents occasionally result in long-term medical care, ongoing medical expenses, lost income, and unexpected disabilities. When someone else causes or contributes to your injury, that individual should cover your damages. However, negligent individuals or entities don’t always step up and take responsibility for their actions. Therefore, it’s up to you and a Detroit catastrophic injury lawyer to do what’s necessary to make them pay.
What are common catastrophic injuries?
Federal law considers any permanent injury preventing a person from working as catastrophic. Yet, some injuries occur more than others. Some common kinds of catastrophic injuries include:
- Severe burns are not just really painful, but they can also be traumatic and create life-long physical and emotional pain. Burns are categorized as catastrophic when they cover much of the body and require reconstructive surgeries, skin grafts, and sometimes a medically induced coma to heal. Even with medical care, the risk of infection because of wide, deep burns is significant.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are caused by an outside 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 often happen in severe car accidents, slips and falls, and workplace injuries. Brain injuries that are classified as catastrophic typically mean that a victim suffers from cognitive problems, like loss of memory and ability to focus; physical problems, like impaired coordination and balance and loss of motor functioning; hearing issues; vision problems; and behavioral issues, 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 vital the spine is to the human body’s operation. A traumatic spinal cord injury can occur because of a sudden blow to the spine during a car accident or slip and fall. A catastrophic spinal cord injury commonly causes a long-term loss of strength, sensation, and function below the site of the injury. This might cause temporary paralysis or even permanent 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 several surgical procedures are also categorized as catastrophic. A crushed bone or several fractures most often occurs when force or pressure is placed on a body part. Sometimes these types of injuries result from being caught between two heavy objects in a car crash or a workplace accident. Crushed bone injuries are extremely painful, might require several surgeries, and run the risk of long-term issues.
- Amputation, meaning the loss of a limb or an extremity, is commonly a result of a severe accident. An amputation often can not be fixed and may put the person’s life at risk. Amputations are less common than a lot of other catastrophic injuries, but when they do occur it usually means a lifelong 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 types of injuries. Therefore, vision and hearing loss are categorized as catastrophic. When someone 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 types of damages can I recover?
If the court rules in your favor or you reach a settlement prior to 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:
- Current 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 home more accessible for an individual with a catastrophic injury by adding things like wheelchair ramps, handrails, and constructing a main floor living area for those who can not use stairs
- Expenses 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
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium with a partner
- Punitive damages in extreme cases of gross negligence or intentional harm
How can an experienced attorney help my case?
Catastrophic injuries are life-altering events that leave victims financially devastated. Recuperating damages for catastrophic injuries is more than getting compensation for negligence, it is an essential source of financing for future costs related to the injury. Adding insult to injury, insurance providers use every strategy in their playbook to protect their bottom line and avoid paying claims.
Catastrophic injury claims are high-value claims that need extra resources and skilled lawyers. Experienced catastrophic injury attorneys do not just submit paperwork, they advocate for you and your loved one every step of the way.
Examples of how catastrophic injury attorneys assist their clients include:
- Investigating a case to uncover all the facts
- Building a strong case against the other side
- Consulting with professionals who help raise the value to a case
- Securing valuable witness testimony
- Negotiating with insurance companies
- Bringing a case to trial when settlement is not a solution
- Negotiating to lower medical expenses when a top settlement offer is received
Catastrophic injuries devastate victims and their families physically, psychologically, and economically. Contact our skilled Detroit catastrophic injury lawyers to see if we can help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
If a negligent individual or company causes catastrophic injuries to you or a loved one, you have 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 help you.
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If you are ready to start your case or need more information about Catastrophic Injury in Detroit, 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.