When a person is involved in a serious personal injury accident, it can impact their life in many ways. Sometimes, the injuries that are sustained can be treatable and victims can go on with their life. However, there are other cases in which they sustain severe, irreversible damage. This can be seen in the event of a catastrophic injury. Victims in these situations often face significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens as a result of their injuries. It is because of this that it is crucial to retain the services of an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney for help recovering compensation for these damages.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
It is an unfortunate reality that victims of an accident who sustain catastrophic injuries can find that their life is altered forever. This is because these injuries can cause long-term or even permanent damage, including scars, impairments, and even paralysis. The following are common kinds of catastrophic injuries:
- Burn injuries
- Brain injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Spinal cord injuries
- Acoustic injuries
Why Would I Be Awarded Compensation?
Individuals who suffer from catastrophic injuries are usually subject to financial hardships as a result. It is because of this that they may be able to recover compensation as coverage for the damages that are incurred due to the accident. This may be in the event of the following situations:
- Catastrophic injuries generally require medical attention such as surgery, rehabilitation, or the use of a medical device/medication for life. Compensation can be given to afford these expenses.
- Serious injuries can keep a person from returning to work for a period of time. Compensation exists to reimburse lost wages.
- After an accident, victims can suffer both physically and emotionally. This is why compensation can be awarded for both these damages.
How Can I Recover Compensation?
People file negligence claims on the basis that everyone is owed some level of a duty of care by other parties. The duty a party may have can vary depending on who they are. For example, property owners, drivers, and individuals in specialized occupations all have their own responsibilities to ensure the safety of other people. If they fail to fulfill this obligation and an accident happens as a result, they can be held liable for negligence.
When pursuing legal action, injured parties are required to prove that the negligent actions of the other party directly caused their catastrophic injuries. This can be done with evidence such as medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard that caused the accident, witness testimonies, and more. If successful, compensation may be awarded as coverage for the damages due to the accident.
Contact our Firm
Attorney Newman has represented clients in Pennsylvania for over 45 years. If you need an experienced attorney to help guide you through the personal injury claims process or with any criminal defense matters, Attorney Newman is ready to help. Contact The Law Office of Neal E. Newman today to schedule a consultation.