What is Catastrophic Injury Law and how to deal with Catastrophic Injuries?
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Fri May 2017
- Auto Accident,
Any severe injury to the spinal cord, spine, brain, skull or spinal fractures is called a catastrophic injury. This is a subcategory of the legal definition which is based on the definition used by the American Medical Association. Catastrophic injuries lead to permanent disability after which the victim becomes unable to perform any gainful tasks. Such injuries occur unexpectedly and have long-term effects in the victim’s life. Families of the victims are also affected adversely by catastrophic injuries to the victim because of the continuous help and observation that is required and the expenditures on the rehabilitation and medical bills of the victim.
Catastrophic Injury Law
A catastrophic injury victim has the right to demand quick compensation from the responsible party. A personal injury claim can be made if the catastrophic injury caused to the victim is due to a neglectful or deliberate act of someone else or by an unsafe or faulty product. The personal injury claim proves to be a fundamental factor in defining the quality of life of the victim because it includes any medical care and other support the victim will be provided. The amount of financial assistance needed by the victim is massive which can be covered by the personal injury claim. There are lawyers who are experienced in dealing with catastrophic injury claims. Personal injury lawyers can help you collect maximum compensation from the responsible party. Such lawyers can help compensate for the damages, including lost wages, loss of pleasure of life, mental agony, physical pain and suffering, permanent disability and financial loses and expenditures experienced by the victim and his family. This money can’t reverse the injury but it can help the victim lead his life with independence and dignity.
Three different types of compensations are provided to victims of catastrophic injury:
- Economic damages
- Non-economic damages
- Punitive damages
Economic damages cover the financial loses of the victims that result because of the accident. These damages may include medical bills, loss of income or the loss of ability to earn income in the future. Non-economic damages refer to the loss of a loved one or loss of emotional and financial support. Meanwhile, punitive damages are the rewards given to victims by punishing the party that is responsible for the injuries and by preventing any misconduct in the future.
To deal with a catastrophic injury, physical, emotional and social support should be provided to the victim and the family support system most effectively. The most difficult and major hurdle that a victim must overcome is the physical trauma. Other consequences of the catastrophic injury involve any financial and emotional suffering resulting because of the accident. These extend to the victim’s loved ones or families who have to witness the suffering of their loved one and provide financial assistance. Support groups can help the victim after the accident by helping the victim and the family of the victim to learn to cope with any new challenges. Personal injury lawyers and physicians can also play a role in supporting victims in addition to the services they provide.
Wells, Purcell and Kraatz have 62+ years of combined experience handling personal injury, wrongful death and premises liability cases.