What Are Catastrophic Injuries?

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In personal injury law, anyone who suffers injuries because of negligence has the right to pursue compensation. In some situations, though, some individuals sustain injuries that fall under a more severe category: catastrophic. Catastrophic injuries are the worst that someone can sustain in any act involving negligence.

The most common catastrophic injuries are:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spine and spinal cord injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Severely broken bones
  • Amputations
  • Wrongful death

If you suffer a catastrophic injury, you must work to safeguard your rights. The more severe you can show your injury is, the more it can impact the compensation you recover. Below, we will help you understand how catastrophic injuries occur, the compensation you may recover, and what your rights are to pursue compensation for the damages you sustain.

Call our firm today at (916) 476-2399 to discuss your case.

How Do Catastrophic Injuries Happen?

Unfortunately, catastrophic injuries can occur in nearly any negligence-related situation. For instance, you can sustain a traumatic head injury in a severe crash, slip and fall, motorcycle accident, construction accident, or medical malpractice. Similarly, a spinal cord injury can occur in several situations where one person acts recklessly.

Causation in burn injuries is a bit more challenging to show. In some cases, a burn injury can occur because of too much radiation exposure. Other cases can include a person spilling a hot liquid on a patron at a restaurant. One of the most infamous burn injury cases involved a woman who sued McDonald’s for serving her coffee well above the recommended temperature.

Many of the actions that cause catastrophic injuries are completely preventable. It’s crucial for any injured party to retain strong legal counsel and show that someone’s negligence led to their harm to pursue maximum compensation in a case.

What Kind of Compensation Can I Get for a Catastrophic Injury?

Like any personal injury case, compensation is dependent on the facts of the situation. Compensation is split into two main types: economic and non-economic. Because catastrophic injuries involve some of the most severe damages, the compensation a person may recover is often much more in these types of cases.

Learn how these types of severe injuries can result in maximum compensation:

  • Economic compensation: These damages cover expenses associated with out-of-pocket costs stemming from the catastrophic injury. For instance, it would pay for medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and more.
  • Non-economic compensation: These damages cover non-monetary damages. One of the most significant factors in this situation is the impact on a person’s quality of life. The more severe the injury, the more you may recover for your emotional distress and reduced quality of life.

What Are My Rights?

Throughout the legal matters, you want to be sure you have someone on your side to take on insurance adjusters and companies who work to deny your claim or reduce your recovery. A strong legal team can work to show who the negligent party is and hold them accountable for your losses. Even more, getting legal counsel can protect the maximum compensation to which you may be entitled.

No matter how your injury occurs, it’s important to get an attorney on your side quickly. The faster you work, the more you can preserve evidence and start recovering for the future. We work to help you hold the wrongdoer fully accountable for your injuries with your best interests in mind.

At Piering Law Firm, we work to help you out in the most difficult situation possible. Suffering a catastrophic injury is never easy to endure. Our Sacramento personal injury attorneys go above and beyond with your needs in mind, seeking justice on your behalf.

We offer free consultations. You can get the answers you need when you need them most. Call us today at (916) 476-2399, and get our skilled team on your side!

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