It is generally understood that a catastrophic injury is one that severely injures a plaintiff and leads to long-term disability or disfigurement. While there is no exact legal definition for ‘catastrophic injury,’ it often entails a difficult recovery process and extensive surgery. A plaintiff suffering a catastrophic injury may also be unable to return to work. A key factor in whether an injury is ‘catastrophic’ is the debilitating nature of the injury, and the extent to which that debilitation is expected to continue. Are you entitled to damages for your catastrophic injury?
Some examples of injuries considered catastrophic are spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, injuries that result in partial or total paralysis, injuries that result in the loss of a limb, severe burns, disfigurement, and significant scarring. In every personal injury case, the injured person is entitled to damages. Damages are not only much higher in a catastrophic injury case, but the facts and arguments needed to prove the extent of those damages are more complex, which is why discussing the case with an experienced attorney is always a good idea.
A plaintiff becomes entitled to damages in a personal injury claim once a settlement has been reached or after a judgment in court. Receiving the damages award and actually collecting the money are two very different things. Defendants obligated to pay damages may or may not be able to satisfy the entire award or might be unwilling to pay it at all. Our expert attorneys can help with the collection process by discovering undisclosed assets, placing liens on a property, and even garnishing wages.
Our catastrophic injury lawyers have helped numerous victims suffering from permanent injuries. If you are the victim of such an injury, please contact us right away. We understand the hardships that arise as a result of a catastrophic injury and will fight for your just compensation. Call today for a free consultation!