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A catastrophic injury prevents a person from doing any gainful work. This type of injury usually happens suddenly and, in most cases, causes long-term or permanent disabilities. Thousands of Wisconsin residents, including in La Crosse, struggle daily with the consequences of catastrophic injuries.
Catastrophic injuries also put a person’s family under a lot of stress, because the injured person will most likely need constant assistance and supervision; and in many cases, for the rest of his or her life. The injured person will also most likely have medical expenses related to the accident injuries for the rest of his or her life.
Those who try to settle catastrophic injury cases on their own usually leave money on the table. If you or a loved one suffered catastrophic injuries in an accident, contact a La Crosse catastrophic injury lawyer at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers for a free case evaluation.
Any type of accident could cause catastrophic injuries, including:
Catastrophic injuries could include:
While you might realize that you need an experienced La Crosse attorney to help protect your rights if you suffered catastrophic injuries, you might not realize that not all lawyers have experience in catastrophic injury law. Since these injuries cause long-term and permanent disabilities, select an attorney who knows how to estimate what you will need for future medical expenses and other damages.
Additionally, if you suffered catastrophic injuries because of another person’s gross negligence or because of the intentional acts of another person, you could recover punitive damages in some states. The financial implications in a catastrophic injury case are huge, which is why you need a lawyer—like ours at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers—with plenty of experience pursuing compensation for this type of injury.
Because catastrophic injuries usually cause long-term or permanent disabilities, they may involve more damages than other cases. Depending on the severity of the disabilities, this could cost hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars.
No one can determine how much compensation you’ll recover in a jury trial, but your attorney does ensure that your injuries and the subsequent disabilities are known to the jury. The attorney will fight for you to recover the compensation you deserve.
You can recover two types of compensatory damages and, in certain cases, punitive damages. The court orders compensatory damages in an attempt to make you whole again. While the money doesn’t get rid of your injuries and subsequent disabilities, nor will it bring a loved one back, it does reduce the financial stress you suffer when you can no longer work and provide for your family.
On the other hand, the court orders punitive damages as a punishment for the defendant’s actions or inactions. This money is not to make you whole again, but to hopefully teach the defendant a lesson and keep him or her (and potential offenders in the future) from injuring someone else.
You can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit if a loved one dies from his or her catastrophic injuries. Contact a catastrophic injury attorney to discuss your next steps for filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
The injuries cause long-term or permanent disabilities.
You might suffer from:
The medical treatments you might need, including surgeries and therapies, depend on the injuries you suffered. Some of the treatments could include skin grafts for extensive burns, rehabilitation and/or physical therapy if you lost the use of a body part, pain or other medication to treat the disability, additional surgeries, and emergency medical care if the injury and/or disability gets worse.
It depends on the insurance company. Most insurance companies will try to deny your claim or offer you a low amount because they lose money every time someone files a claim. However, if you can get an insurance company to settle for a fair and reasonable amount, it may be better to settle.
However, if the insurance company refuses a fair and reasonable settlement for the compensation you deserve, litigation is almost always worth the extra time and effort.
Any injury that leaves you with permanent disabilities is catastrophic.
Such injuries could include:
You can recover two types of compensatory damages: Economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages have a monetary value while non-economic damages do not. In some cases, you might also recover punitive damages if the defendant’s actions or inactions were grossly negligent or intentional.
Sometimes referred to as special damages, economic damages include:
Sometimes referred to as general damages, non-economic damages include:
Yes. In most other injury claims, you don’t have to figure for long-term or permanent disabilities. When you suffer a catastrophic injury, it usually leads to permanent disabilities that could require additional surgeries, follow-up appointments, therapies, life-long care, and special accommodations.
Your attorney also has to figure for future lost wages and other damages for the long-term instead of for the few weeks or months it might take you to recover from non-catastrophic injuries.
The defendant covers any therapies that you might need after suffering injuries in a catastrophic accident as medical expenses. Depending on your injuries, you might require physical therapy or occupational therapy. Some might require cognitive therapy or other psychological therapies.
It is not uncommon for those suffering catastrophic injuries to also suffer from anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. If your doctor recommends any of these therapies, don’t miss any appointments except in an emergency. The defense will quickly point out that you don’t really need those therapies if you miss appointments—and aren't that badly injured.
Depending on the type of accident, several people could share in the liability for the compensation you deserve. If you suffered injuries because of a defective product, the manufacturer, seller, and others could share in the responsibility.
If you suffered injuries because of a slip or trip and fall at a friend’s home or a retail establishment, landlords, owners, managers, homeowner’s insurance, and others could share in the liability.
Vehicular accidents are often as complicated. If one person hits you, the person driving and the owner of the vehicle might share responsibility. If a big rig causes an accident, the driver, trucking company, dispatcher, truck maintenance tech, and others could share in the responsibility for your injuries.
Your initial case evaluation is always free. We take cases on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay us unless we secure compensation for you. When you come in for your free case evaluation, you’ll receive a contingency contract that outlines our fees, which come only out of your settlement or trial award. You will not pay out of pocket for us to represent you.
If you or a loved one suffered catastrophic injuries in a La Crosse, an attorney experienced in catastrophic injury law could help you recover the compensation you deserve. Medical expenses can mount up quickly, especially just after the accident. Some injuries and subsequent disabilities could require extensive medical care for the rest of your life, including having a professional caregiver visit your home several times per week.
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