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Most Asked Questions: Catastrophic Injuries

What Constitutes a Catastrophic Injury?

A catastrophic injury is a severe injury that creates permanent and lasting impairment to the victim. These fall on the most extreme side of personal injuries in that the victim has survived, but requires a lifetime of medical care and are unable to work, or limited in their ability to work.

Examples of catastrophic injuries include significant brain injuries, spinal injuries, internal organ injuries, loss of senses, burns, and amputations. We see these accidents happen in truck accidents, car accidents, drunk driving accidents, and premises liability accidents. Essentially, a catastrophic injury turns the life of the victim upside down.

Who Is Liable for Damages?

Any person and/or company “at fault” for the catastrophic injury due to negligence, recklessness, or intentional act is liable. With car accidents, this may include the driver and their employer if they were driving a company car or were driving in their work capacity. For truck accidents, this may include the truck driver and a variety of truck and freight companies. For premise liability cases, this can include the owner and operator of the property where the injury took place.

What Damages are Available?

The need for damages is massive with a catastrophic injury, as a victim is likely looking at exhaustive, long-term medical expenses and have had their ability to work permanently reduced or eliminated. Available damages include lost wages, lost future income, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of use, and loss of consortium. Pain and suffering includes the value of your life prior to the accident and after the accident and can be a significant part of catastrophic injury cases.

For catastrophic injuries, it is critical to work with experts to determine how much to seek in damages. Medical expenses are massive and must be projected over the lifetime of the victim. These expenses include consultation, surgeries, testing, medications, long-term medical care, physical therapy, mental health counseling. Also, the victim must demonstrate the specific, long term impact the injuries will have on their ability to earn income. We have experience retaining the witnesses who can determine the damages the injury has caused you, and will likely cause you in the future.

Let the Personal Injury Attorneys at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. Help

As experienced personal injury attorneys, we have a proven record of successfully resolving catastrophic injury claims. We appreciate the great upheaval that these injuries have caused in the life of victims and their loved ones. You deserve high-quality legal representation that will fight to recover maximum compensation. The attorneys at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P. want to help you. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay no money upfront. Call us today at (775) 227-2280 to schedule a free case consultation or contact our office through our website.