Helping Accident Victims Who Experience Life-Altering HarmLife can change in a second due to the careless actions of another person. If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury due to someone else's negligence, a catastrophic injury lawyer can help you fight for justice. At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, our lawyers work closely with our clients to build the strongest case possible. Contact us today to discuss your legal options.
Proven Track Record of Successfully Advocating for ClientsWhile we cannot make any promises to any client regarding the possible outcome of a settlement, one of the measures of a law firm's success is the record they have had in obtaining fair compensation for their clients in the past. While this is no guarantee of future success, it does provide you with a glimpse into some ways we have helped clients in the past. Some of our recent successes include:
- $3.2 million - Semi-truck accident resulting in brain injury
- $1.75 million - Shoulder surgery with mild TBI
- $1 million - Car accident resolution
- $750,000 - Traumatic brain injury
What Makes an Injury Catastrophic?Accident injuries affect your life to some degree, no matter how serious the harm. An injury is catastrophic when it results in permanent damage that affects a victim's quality of life. Such injuries generally require a lifetime of expensive medical and personal care. The changes that accompany such an injury can damage relationships and careers and result in depression. When the reckless actions of another person are why you experienced a catastrophic injury, a lawyer can help you. Pursuing possible compensation with a lawyer by your side eases your stress as you deal with your injury or that of a close loved one. Compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering are possible if another party is liable for your harm. A catastrophic injury leaves you no time to deal with insurance companies and legal details. You may want to consider contacting an attorney, like those at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, for a free case evaluation as soon as possible.
Common Types of Catastrophic InjuriesA catastrophic injury can forever change your cognitive skills, mobility, and other functions necessary for daily tasks. Common types of catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), traumatic brain injuries are a major cause of death and disability in the United States. A TBI can result in devastating changes for you or a loved one. Therapies, rehabilitation, and a skilled nursing facility may cost more than you can afford. If the TBI is due to the negligence of another person, they and not you should pay for such care.
- Spinal cord injury: A spinal cord injury is either incomplete or complete. An incomplete injury generally means there is some movement or sensation below the point of injury, while a complete injury generally means there is none. A spinal cord injury is financially devastating as costs associated with care can reach millions throughout a victim's lifetime.
- Amputations: The loss of a limb due to amputation can cause serious emotional and psychological problems. Accident victims sometimes need therapy to help them adjust to the loss. Learning to use a prosthesis is just a part of their new and unfair normal.
- Burns: The Cleveland Clinic reports that third-degree burns are the most serious type of burns. Many patients who suffer from this severe level of burns require physical and occupational therapy to maintain joint mobility and improve function. Burn patients are prone to infection and scarring. Some burn patients need therapy to deal with such issues as Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How Catastrophic Injuries OccurCar accidents are common causes of catastrophic injuries. Other causes can include:
- Workplace and construction accidents
- Truck accidents
- Rideshare accident
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Birth injury
- Nursing home abuse or neglect
Catastrophic Injuries and Your DamagesA catastrophic injury involves a lifetime of replacing medical equipment, follow-up appointments, and more. The costs associated with such injuries start the moment they occur. Medical transport to a trauma center or hospital is sometimes costly—especially if the accident victim requires an air ambulance. This form of emergency transportation can cost thousands of dollars. Additional costs typically include:
- Trauma center or hospital fees
- Physician, specialist, and other medical provider fees
- Ongoing medical costs for continuing care needs
- Lost wages and potential earnings if the injury prevents you from returning to your job
- Pain and suffering: the overall impact of the injury on your quality of life
Why Insurance Company Negotiations MatterMany catastrophic injury cases never reach a courtroom. The majority of cases settle during the negotiation process. This process involves your lawyer and an insurance adjuster working together for an agreement. Insurance company adjusters are generally aggressive in their approach to accident victims. If they can convince the victim to accept a settlement offer without legal representation, they can close your claim. No matter how much an insurance adjuster offers you, it may be in your best interests not to accept any offer alone. Securing the services of a catastrophic injury attorney can prevent you from accepting less than you deserve. Catastrophic injury lawyers can recognize tactics used by adjusters to confuse and overwhelm you. The incident that led to your injury and the injury itself—or that of a loved one—is enough to handle without making a serious financial decision. A closed claim means that you may not pursue more compensation if your medical condition worsens. If an insurance company can convince you to accept their initial settlement offer, your acceptance likely helps them and not you. There is no way to predict the future and what it might mean for your accident injuries. Securing the right amount of compensation with your catastrophic injury claim and lawsuit is essential when it comes to protecting your future medical needs. Your catastrophic injury or that of a loved one brings incredible and unwanted change to your family. A catastrophic injury lawyer who stands by your side is crucial for fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Time Flies When You Suffer a Catastrophic InjuryTime may seem to stand still when life as you know it comes to a stop. The reality is that time can fly by as you deal with multiple appointments and procedures. You may not realize what day it is or even what month. This confusion is understandable following such a traumatic event. Concerns about paying your expenses without an income can leave you without a true sense of time. When it comes to catastrophic injury claims and lawsuits, time is of the utmost importance. The statute of limitations sets a strict guideline for filing a catastrophic injury lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, you generally miss your opportunity for possible compensation. The faster you contact a catastrophic injury attorney, the better. An attorney needs time to investigate the incident or accident that resulted in your catastrophic injury. They may want to review:
- Police reports
- Witness statements
- Accident scene photographs
- Your medical records
- Medical expenses for your injury
How Our Catastrophic Injury Lawyers Can Help YouYour injury or that of a loved one is traumatic enough. You should not deal with an insurance adjuster pressuring you to accept a low-dollar settlement. The number they offer you may seem like a lot when in fact, it may not provide for your future medical care needs—something vitally important when you experience a catastrophic injury. Most catastrophic injury lawyers do not charge an upfront fee, nor do they require a retainer. The majority of lawyers operate on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning they do not collect a fee unless they win your case. You may think you cannot afford a lawyer when, in fact, not contacting one can cost you everything. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses out to protect their best interests. Their goal is to pay accident victims as little compensation as possible and, in some cases, no compensation at all. A catastrophic injury lawyer can protect your best interests by aggressively negotiating for a fair settlement. Your lawyer will attempt to settle your case out of court; however, they have the trial skills necessary for a courtroom if necessary. Civil cases are significant for accident victims as they desperately need compensation for their damages. The responsible party should pay for the medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering you experienced due to their reckless actions. At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, our catastrophic injury lawyers work hard to secure the best outcome possible for our clients. They understand what a traumatic time it is for the victims and their families. A catastrophic injury changes your life in such a way that it will never return to the way it was before the accident. This is an unexpected tragedy that can gravely affect you physically, emotionally, and financially. You may want to carefully consider contacting a catastrophic lawyer today. Time begins ticking the moment you suffer your injury. Swift action is necessary to meet required court deadlines for filing your lawsuit. Hiring a lawyer to represent you can alleviate some of your stress and anxiety. While you must take quick action soon after your injury, a civil case can take time. Your lawyer serves to protect your best interests against reluctant and defiant insurance companies. Give careful thought to easing your stress by consulting a catastrophic injury lawyer today. You will find our catastrophic injury lawyers helpful, caring, and that they want to secure the best outcome for you. At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, we are here to help. If you would like to speak to one of our attorneys, you can take advantage of a free initial consultation. Contact us today at 833-552-7274 to get started.
Catastrophic Injury FAQsWorkplace injuries, roadway accidents, and slip and fall accidents can all lead to serious injuries. However, some victims suffer from a catastrophic injury from which they may never fully recover. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA has some answers to some of the most common questions about catastrophic injuries.
What is a catastrophic injury?Federal law defines catastrophic injury as “…consequences of an injury that permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work…”. In other words, an injury that results in a permanent disability is considered catastrophic.
What are some examples of catastrophic injuries?Injuries that can have an impact on your day-to-day activities, one which causes disfiguration, or injuries that result in partial or full paralysis include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Severe burn injuries
- Internal damage to organs
- Injuries to the neck
- Damage to the spinal cord
- Amputation of a limb
How are catastrophic injury claims different from other injury claims?These injuries are so serious and have such long-term ramifications, in many cases, the final settlement offers tend to be more substantial. Keep in mind, the younger the victim of a catastrophic injury the longer they will require health care, the more they lose in earnings, and the more pain and suffering they must live with. When someone suffers a catastrophic injury, the claims process and the legal wrangling between insurers and victims tend to last longer. Victims must prepare for their future. This often means different experts must be consulted with during the process including medical care planning, economic planning, and rehabilitation consultants. For some victims, returning to some form of gainful employment will mean long-term rehabilitation therapy and working with specialists who can assist with vocational therapy.
When should I speak with a catastrophic injury attorney?Your priority following any accident must be on your health. Therefore, the first thing you should do is take care of yourself by seeking immediate medical care. However, once you have sought medical attention and know the extent of your injuries, seek the advice of an attorney who understands catastrophic injury claims before you make any phone calls that jeopardize your legal rights. Victims must understand there can be multiple people or parties who are responsible for the injury they sustained. This is true regardless of where the injury occurred. Some examples of this include:
- Roadway accidents - While it may be easy to say the other driver is at fault, there can be other circumstances involved in an accident. For example, a driver who is intoxicated and causes a serious accident may be held liable for driving under the influence and causing serious bodily harm but, the bartender or person who served them the alcohol may also be partially liable.
- Workplace accidents - When you suffer a catastrophic injury in the workplace, chances are you are prohibited from filing a claim against your employer. However, there may be other parties such as vendors, or fellow employees who are partially responsible for your injuries.
- Accidents in malls or buildings - Slip and fall accidents are more complicated than they may originally appear. You may think the property owner is responsible for your fall down a flight of stairs with a broken banister but if an outside company was responsible for maintenance, they could also be partially liable.
Should I return the call from an insurance adjuster?No. Call us and let us do that for you. In general, you should avoid speaking with an insurance adjuster until after you have consulted with a lawyer. This is important because before you speak with the adjuster, it is important you understand what your legal options are and what rights you have. Insurance adjusters are in place to help process your claim. However, in some cases, you may never hear from an adjuster, or you may hear from multiple adjusters. Just remember: These folks work for insurance companies. They are NOT there to protect your rights nor are they there to tell you what rights you have. Adjusters are trained specifically to extract answers which can help the insurer minimize the amount of a legitimate claim. They will use various tactics which may seem innocent enough at the time to extract information from you which will help the insurance company pay out less. Some things you should avoid include:
- Giving a recorded statement - Bits and pieces can be used out of context.
- Signing documents without legal review - You may be asked to sign a medical release or other documents which are intended to prove your injuries existed before the accident.
- Cashing an insurance check which arrived unsolicited - Some victims report getting a check weeks after filing a claim with no other contact. However, these checks should not be cashed without talking to your lawyer. Once cashed, the insurance company has no future liability, regardless of what your injuries may wind up costing you financially.
What rights do I have when a loved one dies from an injury?You have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the parties who are responsible for causing the injury to your loved one. While Dolman Law Group understands no amount of money can help make up for the loss of a loved one, your family should not be burdened with the financial hardships that accompany such a loss. A wrongful death lawyer may help you recover damages including medical costs before death, funeral and burial expenses, and other compensatory damages. While there are no guarantees, working with an attorney who understands how these claims work can be beneficial to your family.
How much compensation is a catastrophic injury claim worth?There is no easy answer nor is there any set amount as to the value of any claim. Remember, many factors play a role in the compensation you might recover. In general, you can file a claim for:
- Current and estimated future wages
- Loss of earning capacity (when someone cannot return to work)
- Medical costs and long-term care when applicable
- Home modifications when necessary
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium