After suffering a catastrophic injury, your life has likely forever changed. You may be experiencing continued medical issues, chronic pain, and steep financial losses as a result of your accident. You may be unable to work or enjoy activities that you used to be able to do. Your loved ones may also be feeling the negative effects of the changes to your life as a result of your catastrophic injury.
Whether your injury resulted from a motor vehicle accident, a workplace injury, or another type of accident, a catastrophic injury leaves its victim with significant, chronic medical issues and a marked decline in their quality of life. If you live in Arizona and you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury as a result of another party’s negligent or reckless actions, you may be able to recover compensation for the financial losses you have incurred.
According to the American Medical Association, a catastrophic injury is one that causes severe injury to the spine or the brain. In the world of personal injury law, however, it is important to note that there is no single, set definition of this term.
Some catastrophic injuries prove to be fatal, while others can cause a permanent disability, chronic health issues, or lead to a permanent change in the circumstances and quality of the victim’s life. The extent and seriousness of a catastrophic injury — and the resulting need for treatment — will vary greatly, depending upon the unique facts of each case.
Examples of catastrophic injuries include the following, among others:
Catastrophic injuries arise from a number of different types of accidents. Motor vehicle accidents are one common cause of catastrophic injuries, whether they involve cars, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles, or pedestrians. Whether it’s a traumatic brain injury that happens upon impact or a spinal injury caused by the crash, many catastrophic injuries happen on the road.
Workplace accidents can also result in catastrophic injuries—for example, a serious slip and fall can cause a lasting traumatic brain injury, while construction accidents can cause significant injuries from being crushed or struck by heavy equipment or machinery. Recreational accidents, injuries on the premises of another person or business, and other types of accidents can also lead to catastrophic, life-changing injuries.
In Arizona catastrophic injury cases, the amount of financial losses and damages involved tend to be very high. Victims typically incur various out-of-pocket costs, which are commonly referred to as economic, or special, damages. They may also incur various general damages — those that are more difficult to ascertain and typically need the help of the jury to attach a dollar amount.
Examples of economic damages include various medical expenses, such as hospital stays, doctors’ and specialists’ visits, prescription medications, medical testing and images, and other treatments. They also include any repairs or replacement needed to the victim’s personal property, such as mechanic’s bills, as well as any lost income or wages if the victim is unable to work as a result of their catastrophic injuries.
Examples of general damages include chronic pain and suffering, mental anguish, and emotional distress that can result from a catastrophic injury. They also include the loss of future wages, if you are unable to continue working long-term. Moreover, they may include the value of loss of enjoyment of activities that you are no longer able to enjoy, along with the value of the general decline in your quality of life.
A catastrophic injury case is always complicated. It usually involves various contested legal issues of liability and damages, with the need to research the law carefully and apply it to the unique facts of each case. It can also involve intricate and complex facts that need to be investigated, supported by relevant evidence, and described effectively to the fact-finders.
In some cases, liability may be shared by multiple parties, further complicating the course of the claim. A knowledgeable Arizona attorney will investigate the facts, preserve important evidence, research the legal issues involved, and present a strong case to the insurance company during negotiations, as well as the jury if a trial is needed.
Moreover, catastrophic injury claims typically involve lengthy, intense negotiations with insurance companies. Generally, these large insurers have significant legal and financial resources at their fingertips, and their goal is to pay out as little as possible to the injured party.
Having an experienced catastrophic personal injury lawyer by your side gives you a leg up: It allows you to go up against large insurance companies with the knowledge that you have someone behind you that can help establish your claims.
Our managing attorney, John Torgenson, has devoted 100% of his career to fighting against insurance companies. He believes those who are injured should be fully and fairly compensated, especially in the most serious and catastrophic injury cases. A catastrophic injury can leave its victim helpless, but the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer can equip you with the help you need.
We understand the significant impact of a serious injury on a person and their family, and we want to help you get back on your feet. Let us focus on your legal claims so that you can focus on recovery and putting your life back together after a catastrophic injury.
Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys today and see how we can give you the support you deserve. Give us a call today at 602-726-0747 for a free case evaluation.