Accidents are common in California today. They can happen at work, home, on the road, and anywhere else as we live our everyday life. Despite having some safety measures to prevent accidents, it is impossible to avoid some accidents. The saddest truth is that some of these accidents with the most severe effects result from another party’s fault.
What happens when you suffer a devastating, life-changing injury in an accident resulting from another person’s negligence? In this scenario, you will be faced with costly medical bills and may become unable to work. You need a Palm Springs catastrophic injury lawyer to help you get the compensation you deserve. The Crockett Law Group will relentlessly fight for the maximum compensation possible. Contact us at (800) 900-9393 today for a free case review and consultation with a Palm Springs personal injury lawyer.
What Is A Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury refers to an injury that permanently prevents the victim from engaging in meaningful work. The injuries result in permanent and irreparable impairments to an individual and leave them with no income. People who suffer a catastrophic injury lose a vital ability or body part, such as a limb, the ability to walk, or the ability to think fast and effectively. Because of this, many also lose their independence.
Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Limb loss
- Severe burns
Some of the most common types of catastrophic injury are brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and amputation.
What Are the Long-Term Effects of Catastrophic Injuries?
One of the greatest fears of getting involved in an accident is sustaining severe and even catastrophic injuries. It is so unfortunate that most people facing these injuries as a reality do not understand that the situation has a significant impact on their future health and overall quality of life. The moment that these victims learn of the truth regarding their future, they end up terrified and frustrated due to the long-term effects awaiting them. Multiple long-term effects result from catastrophic injuries that we should all learn about. Please read on below to understand some of them.
Impact on Career
As said earlier, catastrophic injuries affect our persona’s vital aspects, such as the brain, spinal cord, and limbs. Victims of such accidents may end up with paralysis, limited mobility, or cognitive and memory issues. With such an outcome, people can no longer work effectively to earn an income before the accident. Depending on your career, the employer can quickly render you unfit for the job, especially if your job involves physical actions.
As said above, most victims of catastrophic injuries end up with missing limbs, spinal cord injuries, or brain injuries. All these require urgent and costly treatment. Considering the magnitude of the accident and the effects awaiting you in the future, you should invest in both physical and mental health. Both treatment forms require costly treatment (constant physiotherapy, advanced medical and long-term treatment, and huge bills resulting from extended stay at the hospital).
The financial impact of catastrophic injuries does not just stop the medical bills and care. These injuries can also render you unfit for your job, which results in loss of wages and an entire career.
Change of Lifestyle
Catastrophic injuries bring along a range of lifestyle changes that range from mobility problems to compromised brain function and loss of eyesight. When you suffer any or several of the above, life never turns out the same. You can quickly end up in hopelessness and depression considering that you were used to moving around fast, working to earn income, and enjoyed complete independence, then suddenly all these are lost through an accident.
Can I Sue for A Catastrophic Injury?
The answer is yes. Regardless of your location, ensure that you file for a catastrophic claim as soon as you can. If you are based in California, you should consider getting legal help from the Crockett Law Group led by award-winning personal injury attorney Kevin Crockett.
The state of California gives accident victims up to two years after the accident’s occurrence to file a lawsuit against the party responsible for the accident. If you fail to file a claim within the stated period, the court cannot listen to the case in the future, which translates to lost compensation. However, some exceptional circumstances can help extend the deadline and even affect the statute limitations when the ‘clock’ begins running.
The California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1 contains all the statute limitations for personal injury cases.
California also has a six-month limit for any accident victim with personal injury claims against the city, county, or state government agency.
Why Do I Need A Lawyer for A Catastrophic Injury Claim?
Just like any other personal injury claim, you also need lawyers for catastrophic injury claims in Palm Springs, CA. Getting involved in a severe accident that leaves you with lasting effects requires extensive treatment and support. The impact of these injuries on a person’s health and mental state often hinders them from filing the catastrophic claim effectively.
Some of the leading reasons why you should always employ catastrophic injury lawyers are highlighted below:
One of the essential obligations of catastrophic injury lawyers is to gather evidence and build a strong case. You must prove the defendant was negligent in order to recover compensation. Unfortunately, the accident report alone may not be sufficient to prove the defendant’s negligence. You need a lawyer who is experienced to put together evidence. This can include police and medical reports, medical bills, photos of accident scenes, the state of the injuries, damaged property, and eye witness reports, among others.
Negotiating for Out of Court Settlement
Many cases are resolved through an out-of-court settlement. It allows lawyers from both sides to hammer out the agreement, avoiding the expenses and uncertainty of a trial.
Your catastrophic injury lawyer will handle negotiating for an out-of-court settlement. If the other party or their insurance try to pay less than you deserve, your attorney will be prepared to counter them.
Represents You If the Case Goes to Trial
It’s always important to have a lawyer who is prepared to go to trial if a settlement isn’t reached. Most individuals who represent themselves at trial do not get fair compensation due to a lack of experience and knowledge on how to deal with the jury, insurance companies, and lawyers. You can rely on the Crockett Law Group to aggressively represent you in court.
What Type of Damages Can I Recover In A Catastrophic Injury Claim?
To get compensation, you must prove that the other party was negligent and your injuries are the outcome of their negligent actions. The purpose of a catastrophic injury lawsuit is to recover compensation for what the law refers to as ‘damages.’ These damages are classified into three major categories as highlighted below:
These refer to all the financial losses you suffer after an accident due to catastrophic injuries. These damages can be given a precise dollar value. The losses are direct and indirect, ranging from substantial medical bills, loss of income, damaged property, job feasibility, and constant rehab.
They include all the damages related to emotional pain and suffering. Loss of companionship due to the death or severe injury of a spouse is one example. Pain and suffering, permanent disability, and inability to participate in enjoyable activities are also part of these damages.
These are levied against a responsible party who is proven to cause harm deliberately or through severe negligence. A drug manufacturing company that does not warn users about the exact dangers is the perfect example.
Get a Free Case Review With a Palm Springs Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Catastrophic injuries have devastating consequences for your career, independence, and ability to enjoy life. If you suffered such an injury because of someone else’s reckless or careless actions, the Crockett Law Group can help you get the compensation you deserve. We work tirelessly to help personal injury victims get the best settlement.
Besides free consultations and a no-fee guarantee, our award-winning law group also pays personal attention to every client. We have adequate experience in navigating the process of filing claims and handling insurance companies. We have won millions of dollars for our clients. If you need a Palm Springs catastrophic injury lawyer, reach out to us today at (800) 900-9393!