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Frequently Asked Questions About Catastrophic Injuries

What is a catastrophic injury?

A catastrophic injury is a sudden, life-shattering injury that frequently leads to long-term impairment. These are some of the most tragic cases—affecting not only the victim but his/her family as well. A person who was once able to care for his/her family suddenly can no longer contribute in a meaningful way. Victims of catastrophic injuries must not only contend with the ongoing physical or mental effects of their injuries, but they frequently develop emotional conditions such as depression or anxiety.

What causes catastrophic injuries?

We frequently represent clients who have sustained catastrophic injuries due to the negligence of another through car accidents, semi-truck accidents, motorcycle wrecks, medical negligence, pedestrian accidents, workplace accidents, fire and burn injuries, child injuries, nursing home abuse, or other personal injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury due to the negligence of another, contact our catastrophic injury lawyers for a free case evaluation.

What are some examples of catastrophic injuries?

Any sudden, long-term, life-altering injury could be considered a catastrophic injury. Some common examples include:

  • Paralysis, paraplegia, and quadriplegia
  • Amputation or limb loss
  • Loss of an organ
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal injury
  • Severe burns
  • Multiple severe bone fractures

What are some of the effects of a catastrophic injury?

Victims of catastrophic injuries may require multiple surgeries, special adaptive equipment, extensive therapy or rehabilitation, long-term care, and ongoing medical treatment. They may need emotional support from psychiatrists or they may need help doing everyday tasks that once were easy to accomplish. Every aspect of the victim’s life could be affected by a catastrophic injury.

What compensation is available in a catastrophic injury case?

Compensation for any catastrophic injury case should take into account the immediate needs of the victim and his/her family as well as all future expenses including medical bills, rehabilitation or therapy, adaptive equipment, lost earning capacity, and long-term care if needed. Victims may also be entitled to seek punitive damages, pain and suffering, and other compensation against the at-fault party. In some cases, the victim’s family can seek restitution for loss of consortium (companionship) or a wrongful death claim if the injuries lead to the passing of their loved one. Contact an experienced catastrophic injury attorney today to evaluate your case and help you get all the compensation you are entitled to.

The insurance company has made an offer to me. Should I accept it?

Never accept any payment from the insurance company before consulting with an attorney – especially if you or your loved one has suffered a severe injury. If you accept compensation now, you may be giving up your right to file additional claims in the future. Only an experienced catastrophic injury attorney can help you determine the full value of your case in terms of past, present, and future medical bills, past, and future lost income, and additional losses for you and your family. Call us immediately to investigate your catastrophic injury claim to ensure you get all the compensation you deserve.

How do I pay for an attorney in a catastrophic injury case?

The Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart works on a contingency fee basis. That means we only get paid if you get paid in your catastrophic injury case. Call Kentucky catastrophic injuries attorney Flora Templeton Stuart at (888) 782-9090 for a free initial consultation twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week.