Catastrophic injuries are those injuries that have a long-term, life-altering impact on the victim. These injuries are often life-threatening and can leave the sufferer with permanent disabilities, requiring expensive medical treatments, rehabilitation, and even nursing care long after the injury occurs.
These severe injuries can affect not just the victim, but also those who depend on the victim for care and support, such as spouses and children. When the catastrophic injury was caused by negligence of another person, the responsible party should be held liable for the physical and financial hardships that the victim will face. The Manhattan Beach personal injury lawyers at Dinsmore & Sandelmann can help.
What Is A Catastrophic Injury?
Many accident victims suffer serious injuries that take a great toll physically, emotionally and financially. The difference between these serious injuries and catastrophic injuries is that the latter results in permanent disabilities that will have an impact on the victim’s entire life and significantly impact the victim’s family as well.
There isn’t just one type of catastrophic injury. Many different types of injuries can fall under this category if the injury is severe and the effects will be long-lasting, including:
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Burn injuries
- Internal organ injuries
What Causes A Catastrophic Injury?
The Manhattan Beach catastrophic injury lawyers at Dinsmore & Sandelmann have seen these injuries caused in many different types of accidents, including but not limited to:
The most important factor in seeking compensation for a catastrophic injury is not necessarily the type of accident but rather the circumstances. If the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, then that person should be held responsible for the financial damages the victim will face.
What’s Fair Compensation For A Catastrophic Injury Claim?
When determining what compensation to seek in this type of claim, there are many aspects of the victim’s situation to consider. The most obvious is the already existing medical bills. Any medical expenses that have been paid or are outstanding should be included in the compensation amount. However, catastrophic injuries result in long-term medical needs. These future expenses should also be calculated into a compensation package.
These life-altering injuries often leave the victim unable to work again or at the very least result in very long periods of lost income. The victim’s lost wages are another factor that should be considered when determining financial damages.
Pain and suffering is another factor to calculate into the equation. Many victims of these injuries will suffer psychological effects, such as depression, anxiety and other personality changes. Their quality of life may be severely diminished. In situations where the possibility for recovery is hopeful, the treatment required to reach the highest level of recovery achievable may be demanding, time consuming and highly stressful for the victim and their families.
The negligent party in an accident is required by law to pay these pain and suffering damages, which are often the largest damages in an accident case. Determining the amount for pain and suffering is far more abstract than adding up medical bills and lost wages, so it’s important to have an experienced catastrophic injury lawyer evaluate your situation to best assess fair financial compensation for these damages.
Get Help From A Manhattan Beach Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Today
The catastrophic injury lawyer team at Dinsmore & Sandelmann has been serving Manhattan Beach for more than 25 years. Our South Bay law firm has the skill, experience, resources and dedication needed to help accident victims obtain the highest level of financial compensation possible. Contact us today at 310-318-1220 to schedule a free consultation.