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How Personal Injury Laws Treat Catastrophic Injuries

As attorneys with over a century of combined legal experience, we have seen individuals suffer from a wide array of personal injuries. We are often stunned by the real life, devastating impact that can occur when people are negligent and others pay the price. While some injuries are of a nature that our clients can physically heal, there are other injuries that are permanent. When a person suffers a permanent injury that affects their ability to function, these are generally referred to as “catastrophic” injuries.

Catastrophic injuries may include:

  • Loss of a major sense—like the loss of sight, hearing, smell.
  • Brain injuries.
  • Spinal injuries.
  • Severe burns.
  • Paralysis.
  • Loss of limbs.
  • Damaged organs.
  • Multiple broken bones.
  • Neurological impairment.
  • Disease.

Damages Are Available Under the Law

If you have suffered a catastrophic injury due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve justice. This comes in the form of financial damages.

Economic Damages. The law recognizes that you likely have massive, ongoing medical expenses from surgical procedures, therapy, and medical care. In addition, with a catastrophic injury, you have suffered from lost wages and either cannot work anymore or have been extremely limited in your ability to work or advance your career. Victims of catastrophic injury can seek “economic” damages to repay these expenses and losses.

Non-Economic Damages. In addition to economic damages, victims can also seek “non-economic” damages to cover the pain, suffering, inconvenience, physical impairment, disfigurement that has resulted from another party’s negligence. For catastrophic injuries, this is a particularly important form of financial compensation since the impact lasts forever.

Punitive Damages. In particularly egregious cases that result in catastrophic injury, the party responsible may be held financially liable for “punitive” damages. These damage are much more difficult to obtain as the victim must prove that the responsible party acted with conscious disregard, fraud, oppression, or malice.

Trust Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. to Fight for You

Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P. is a small, full service law firm that provides individuals with high quality legal representation. If you or a loved one has been catastrophically injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact us immediately. You have suffered a devastating trauma and deserve justice. Our lawyers are experienced, proven, and motivated to serve your interests. Call Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. today at (775) 227-2280 to schedule a consultation or contact our office through our website.

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