An unexpected car accident exposes the human body to the devastating physics of mass, velocity, and impact. Sadly, this instantaneous chain-reaction presents a high risk of a person suffering from brain and spinal injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered such an injury due to the negligence or recklessness of others, a personal injury can help you determine whether you have a claim for financial damages.
Brain and Spine Injuries Can Be Catastrophic
Your brain and your spine are vital body parts that control all of your bodily functions, thoughts, and movement. There are numerous brain and spinal injuries that can be considered “catastrophic” injuries, as they will have long-term or lifelong detrimental impacts on a victim.
Often, catastrophic brain and spinal injuries require intensive care, one or more surgeries, long term physical therapy, and lifelong care. Also, victims can no longer perform their job functions or can no longer work at all, leading to a financial spiral of massive, long-term expenses and a severely limited income. This doesn’t even address the emotional and physical pain and relational losses that come with these injuries.
Economic and Non-Economic Damages
Catastrophic brain and spinal injuries fall in the more severe end of injuries. The stakes for these personal injury claims are incredibly high, as victims tend to need a lot of money to cover their long-term expenses and loss of wages. Victims can, therefore, seek “economic” damages from the responsible parties, including current and ongoing medical expenses, lost income, and lost future wages.
Victims of personal injuries are also entitled to seek “non-economic” damages from those responsible. These are the damages that compensate the victim for the physical and emotional impacts of their injuries, including pain, suffering, disfigurement, loss of consortium, and a loss of enjoyment. As a general rule, the more severe the injury and impairment, the higher the non-economic damages.
Proving Brain and Spinal Injuries
If a personal injury lawsuit proceeds to trial, the victim of a catastrophic injury has the burden to prove that the responsible party was at fault for the serious injury. To maximize the compensation a jury may award, the victim’s attorney needs to demonstrate the severity of the injuries and the many negative impacts of those injuries in the past, present, and future.
Seek Personal Injury Representation from Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P.
At Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P., we partner with well-established medical, economic, and financial experts, who take a comprehensive look at our catastrophic injury cases. These experts help us develop the strongest personal injury claims for our clients, so that we can aggressively pursue maximum compensation. If you have experienced a catastrophic injury, call us. You deserve justice. We operate on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not get paid unless you do. Call Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. today at (775) 227-2280 to schedule a free case consultation or contact our office through our website.