A catastrophic injury can have a profound effect on your life, possibly resulting in long-lasting medical complications, scarring, and permanent disability. When this type of injury is caused by the negligence of another party, you deserve full and swift financial compensation. Talk to a Phoenix catastrophic injury lawyer at Torgenson Law today to learn more about your legal options and rights. We offer free case evaluations, call (602) 759-0012 or fill out our online contact form.
Some of the more common types of catastrophic injuries include:
TBIs can leave a person with severe impairments. Brain injuries are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or the result of an object penetrating the skull. Catastrophic TBIs can lead to personality and behavioral changes, amnesia, and a period of unconsciousness.
SCIs can often lead to paralysis. A complete SCI results in total loss of movement and sensation below the injury level, while an incomplete SCI leaves some degree of mobility and sensation below the level of injury. SCIs can also affect other body parts and systems, possibly completely altering a person’s future.
An amputation is the severing of a body part, such as an arm, leg, hand, foot, etc. They not only cause serious physical pain and emotional trauma but can result in permanent changes to a victim’s quality of life.
Burn injuries can range from minor to life-threatening. A third-degree burn is the most severe, reaching the fat layer beneath the skin. Muscles, bone, and blood vessels can be damaged, and nerves destroyed, causing numbness. The pain is intense and possibly chronic. The injury can also lead to infection, significant scarring, disfigurement, respiratory distress, or amputation.
Any type of internal organ damage can qualify as a catastrophic injury and may require an organ transplant, and continuous medical treatment.
Injuries that impact vision or hearing can change a person’s life in extreme ways.
No matter the type of accident that has caused a catastrophic injury, whether medical malpractice, car accident, etc., you will likely face extensive and lengthy medical treatment. This means costly healthcare bills and expenses, in addition to the pain and suffering you are enduring, your loss of income while being unable to work, and emotional distress. An Arizona catastrophic injury attorney may be able to recover compensation for these losses and more, as well as for your future needs.
A catastrophic injury lawyer will be able to investigate your accident and draw on all of the available evidence to make a convincing claim, ensuring the highest settlement amount possible on your behalf. In some cases, an insurance company may deny your claim or offer an unfairly low amount of compensation. Your attorney may then have to file a lawsuit and advocate for you in court, in order to secure the financial recovery you are entitled to. If you were partially responsible for the accident, you may still be able to recover damages. In Arizona, you can seek compensation through the insurance claims’ process or the courts, even if you are 99% at fault for an accident. However, the monetary award will be reduced in proportion to your percentage of fault.