Catastrophic injuries are injuries from which victims will never fully recover. Generally speaking, they lead to some type of disability or permanent impairment that has a significant impact on the victim’s life. Common examples of catastrophic injuries include the following:
Any type of accident resulting in a physical injury can lead to a catastrophic injury, but some put victims at a higher risk than others. Some examples of accidents that often lead to catastrophic injuries are include:
It is impossible to determine how much a particular case may be worth without conducting a thorough analysis of the circumstances surrounding it and the condition and prognosis of the victim. That being said, many people who have sustained catastrophic injuries are legally entitled to significant compensation as their injuries will likely affect them for the rest of their lives.
For instance, a person who has sustained a severe traumatic brain injury may be unable to work again and also may need around-the-clock medical care. As a result, the economic losses alone may be well into the millions of dollars. Furthermore, when losses for pain and suffering and loss of quality of life are added to the damage or award, the total amount recovered can increase significantly.
Many people who have sustained a catastrophic injury are offered a seemingly handsome settlement shortly after their accident has occurred. It is important to remember that once a case is settled, it is nearly impossible to reopen it in order to obtain more compensation. While there is nothing inherently wrong with settling a case rather than going to trial, it is important to ensure that any settlement that is accepted adequately compensates victims for their injuries. Consequently, victims should always speak to an attorney prior to settling a case involving catastrophic injuries.
Catastrophic injuries can have a profound impact on victims’ lives and often entitle them to substantial compensation. For this reason, anyone that has sustained a life-changing injury in a preventable accident should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Stamford personal injury lawyers, call our office today at 203-504-5840 or contact us online.