Catastrophic injuries are those injuries sustained by an individual that are serious and require extensive medical treatment. They have a long-lasting and severe physical and emotional impact on the person. Common types of catastrophic injuries include spinal cord injuries, paralysis, nerve damage, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, severe burns, and organ damage.
These injuries are caused by accidents such as medical malpractice, automobile accidents, slip and falls, pedestrian accidents, defective products, and explosions and fires. The consequences of a catastrophic injury can be devastating and can drastically degrade a person’s quality of life. Personal injury attorneys Huntington Beach can help you understand personal injury laws and navigate them to ensure that you receive your rightful compensation.
The compensation you are eligible for catastrophic injuries:
- Medical care.
Due to the nature of these injuries, extensive and comprehensive medical treatment is required. The victim might have to undergo several medical tests, surgeries, medication, and other rehabilitative procedures such as physical therapy to manage or recover from their injury. In cases of permanent disabilities, personal medical assistance is also required. Healthcare expenditure can cause extreme financial hardships for the victim. However, victims are eligible to seek compensation to recover the present and future treatment costs resulting from the injuries.
- Loss of income.
Personal injuries can prevent the person from working, leading to loss of their earnings. In short-term injuries, they are compensated for their losses until they recover and return to work. Loss of future earning capacity is when the individual suffers a permanent disability that impairs their ability to work efficiently, resulting in loss of income they could have earned without the injury. If the individual cannot return to work at all and their family relies on them as the primary breadwinner, the compensation is decided accordingly.
- Pain and suffering.
Catastrophic injuries require a long time to heal, and the person can take several years to recover entirely. Some injuries such as loss of limbs and sight might alter their regular functioning entirely and cause a lot of distress to them and their loved ones. The process can be excruciating for the victim physically and mentally. The extent of their injuries and their consequences, such as loss of enjoyment of life, can cause them to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. The damage to your mental health that you incurred because of the injuries can be compensated for.
Your injury lawyer assesses your situation and understands your situation in-depth. They help collect evidence to prove your injuries, help hold the parties that caused your injury liable, negotiate with insurance firms and represent you in court for you to receive your rightful compensation.