Attorneys for Catastrophic Injury Victims in Conway
If you or a loved one have suffered a catastrophic injury, the financial compensation can be significant, but you need to take legal action first. Personal injury attorneys will define the term “catastrophic injury” in different ways. There are some common features of the definitions that people use:
- Catastrophic injuries usually happen without warning.
- The effects of a catastrophic injury likely remain with you for a long time or even permanently.
- You lose some aspect of your person, whether it is an actual body part or a crucial ability that you need for your daily life.
- Your day-to-day life is dramatically affected.
How Catastrophic Injuries Can Happen
Catastrophic injuries can occur in a number of ways. Unless you are dealing with burns, usually, there is some type of sudden impact or trauma. Here are some causes of catastrophic injuries:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip-and-fall cases (when a brain injury is involved)
Examples of Catastrophic Injuries
Here are some things that could be considered catastrophic injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of limb
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crush injuries
- Permanent organ damage
Catastrophic injuries will begin to impose both economic and non-economic costs immediately after the accident. Besides the extreme threat to your physical health, the first pressing issue that you will face is the medical bills that will add up quickly when you do not have any money coming into your accounts. Then, you will likely find yourself in physical pain and mental anguish as you deal with the effects of your injury.
You Must Focus on the Legal Process
This is likely not the time that you would want to focus on the legal process that would result in financial compensation if you are successful. You have been told that the legal process is difficult, and the insurance company will make your life hard. Even though those are true, you have no choice but to take action now. The legal process is the only way that you can get the money you deserve when someone else is to blame for your accident.
In addition, it takes time to get your money when your case is successful. Catastrophic injuries can take even more time because of the amount of money involved. Insurance companies are far more difficult when they are asked to write a large check. We handle the details, so you do not need to get as involved with your own catastrophic injury case.
Proving Negligence Is the Key to Financial Compensation
In any catastrophic injury case, you would first need to prove that the defendant was negligent in order to be in a position to receive financial compensation. Proving negligence requires that you have evidence to show what the defendant did and why it was a breach of their duty of care.
Obviously, you are not in any condition to gather your own evidence, nor may you even know what to do. Your lawyer can handle all of that as soon as you sign the agreement making them your attorney.
You only get one legal process after a catastrophic injury, in which you must recover every dollar possible to pay for your damages. Unfortunately, catastrophic injury plaintiffs do not get multiple bites at the apple because they must sign a release form in a settlement agreement, and a defendant cannot face two trials. Therefore, you must get everything today because, as far as your catastrophic injury claim is concerned, there is no tomorrow.
Your Damages for a Catastrophic Injury
One of the most important functions that your catastrophic injury attorney will perform is coming up with a dollar value for your claim. Before you start negotiations, you need to know what your claim is worth. Otherwise, the insurance company will have superior information because they already know the exact value and will try to do everything that they can to pay less.
In any catastrophic injury claim, you are legally entitled to the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The challenge is that you are trying to figure out now what you may need in the future. At the point where you are filing a claim or lawsuit, you may not be sure whether or when you may be able to work again. You may also now know what economic conditions can be decades into the future when you are still bearing the costs of your catastrophic injuries.
How Our Lawyers Help
At Denton & Zachary, we can do the following:
- Closely review your medical records and speak with doctors to assess your future care needs
- Work with vocational experts to understand whether you can work again and what you may be able to do
- Work with economic experts to learn what inflation may be, both in terms of general prices and health care
Call a Conway Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one have suffered a catastrophic injury, you have plenty on your plate already. Worrying about the legal process is the last thing that you have the knowledge or the ability to do.
The attorneys at Denton & Zachary will handle the details of your legal matters and will work for you to receive the maximum amount of financial compensation that you are eligible for under the law. Call us today at 501-273-1695 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.
Catastrophic Injury Case FAQs
Should I accept the settlement offer that the insurance company made me?
It depends if it is enough to compensate you. If not, you can reject any inadequate settlement offer.
What happens if I was partially to blame for my own injuries?
If you are less responsible than the defendant, you can still receive some financial compensation for your injuries.
What do I do if I cannot afford a lawyer?
Money is one thing that you do not need to worry about, as you do not need to pay a lawyer upfront.