Injured parties who survive serious and tragic accidents may suffer permanent brain injuries, facial disfigurement, severe burns, spinal cord injuries, permanent nerve damage, blindness, amputations, multiple or compound fractures. Such injuries can be the result of many different types of accidents such as vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, animal attacks, defective products, or other intentional or negligent causes. Unfortunately such injuries are not uncommon. For instance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are between 12,000 and 20,000 new annual cases of spinal cord injuries in the United States.
Such severe injuries can lead to a lifetime of medical treatment and continuous life-care support. Victims may also face years or often decades of lost or diminution of income because of such injuries. Such intensive medical care requirements and lost income can place severe financial burdens on both victims and their family members.
● Medical Expenses
Catastrophic injuries can result in astronomical bills. For example, hospitalization at a trauma center for a head injury can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. An attorney dedicated to catastrophic injury claims will help you recover the costs for any hospital stay, surgery, doctors’ visits, diagnostic tests, physical and rehabilitative therapy, and future medical care.
● Pain and Suffering
The law allows for compensation for the pain and suffering as a result of catastrophic injuries. To recover the maximum amount, one will need the help of a dedicated personal injury attorney who is equipped with the knowledge, resources and experience to best evaluate your claim.
● Loss of Wages
Diminution and permanent loss of all income due to injuries inflicted by a serious accident can be significant and have serious ramifications on an injured party’s finances and family responsibilities. In conjunction with the firm’s experts, a personal injury lawyer can calculate the future losses of the injured party and recover for the diminution in lifetime earning capacity.
● Loss of Consortium
Loss of consortium is a cause of action that may be brought by a spouse of the injured party for loss or harm he or she suffered as a result of bodily injury caused to the injured spouse by the negligent party.
IMPORTANT STEPS FAMILY AND FRIENDS CAN TAKE IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF AN ACCIDENT:
(1) Call the police and file an accident report. Filing such a report will help document the event and shed light on who was at fault in the accident.
(2) Have injured party receive prompt medical attention following the accident. Call an ambulance for transport to a hospital.
(3) Gather information at the scene of the accident. Try to take photos of the scene of the accident scene and/or property damage. If there are witnesses to the accident, obtain their names and contact information. Witnesses to such accidents can be crucial in determining who was at fault.
(4) Do not give statements to the insurance companies’ representatives about the incident without first contacting a personal injury attorney.
(5) Immediately contact a dedicated Personal Injury Attorney. It is crucial to immediately seek counsel so that any evidence available is immediately and appropriately gathered before it is lost or destroyed, and that any possible witnesses are found and interviewed while their recollections are still fresh and useful.
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