Not all personal injury claims are equal. While all such cases involve physical and financial harm caused by the negligence or actions of another person or legal entity, some situations result in injuries that have tremendous, life-altering impacts. These catastrophic cases deserve special consideration and higher compensation in order for justice to truly be served.
ASK LLP handles personal and catastrophic injury claims that stem from a wide variety of case types, including vehicle accidents. Call ASK LLP today if you or a loved one has been involved in:
- Car Accidents in Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin
- Rollover Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Texting & Driving
- Truck & Semi Crash Accidents
- School Bus Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
You or a loved one may have suffered significant injuries. Since these types of cases have impacts throughout the remainder of your life, they require appropriate compensation. Attorneys at ASK LLP have represented numerous clients with catastrophic injuries and understand how to aggressively defend their rights. Cases we handle include:
- Wrongful Death
- Broken Bone
- Traumatic Bran Injury (TBI)
- Dog Bite & Animal Attack
- Premises Liability
- Personal Injury to Children
- Farm Accident
- Homeowner Liability
- Sexual Abuse
- Burn & Explosion Accident
- Plane & Aviation Accident
What constitutes a “catastrophic” injury? Typically, this label is reserved for incidents that result in serious harm such as paralysis, loss of limb, significant/severe burns, blindness, traumatic brain injuries, and the like. These types of injuries often impair the injured person’s ability to function in life.
If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury due to the actions or negligence of someone else, speak with a lawyer at ASK LLP today. Our Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin licensed attorneys can help you assess the strength of your claim and get the compensation you deserve.
Compensation in Catastrophic Injury Cases
The value of your claim and the resulting compensation package is based on a number of different factors. Not only does this include the significance and permanence of your injury, but it also takes into account property damage, expenses you’ll need to pay in the future, and alterations to your ability to earn a living. Below are just a few damages for which you might be able to receive compensation.
Catastrophic injuries often require long stays in the hospital or Intensive Care Unit. Expenses for medical care can be extraordinarily costly. By dividing the total costs of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the United States each year by the number of TBI hospitalizations, a rough estimate of lifetime costs for a person with a TBI is over $265,000. That’s only TBIs, while catastrophic injuries come in a variety of other types.
Compensation in a catastrophic injury case should cover initial hospital and medical care costs as well as ongoing therapy, installation of necessary medical devices in your home, and the cost of any future medical care you are likely to need.
As with other personal injury claims, you might be sidelined from work for a period of time while recovering from your catastrophic injury. The difference is that you may also never be able to return to the same level of employment that you experienced before your accident. In this case, you should seek compensation for:
- Any initial wages lost while undergoing medical care
- Lost earning capacity for the future due to your injury and new constraints
Calculating lost earning capacity is often difficult, but the injury attorneys at ASK LLP can help you determine an appropriate settlement amount.
In addition to the bills that come from medical care and your lost wages, the event that injured you may also have caused substantial harm to property that you own. This should be compensated by the at-fault party as well. Examples of common property damage in claims like this include:
- Bicycle repair or replacement costs
- Automobile repair or replacement costs
You are also entitled to compensation for the non-economic damages you suffer. These are harms that don’t necessarily have bills or receipts attached to them, so they can be difficult to demonstrate. For instance, you should be compensated for the level of pain associated with your injury, emotional distress that you experience, the mental effect of becoming disfigured or paralyzed, changes to your personality in the aftermath of a brain injury, and similar issues that do not come with clear-cut monetary values attached to them.
How Attorneys Can Help with Catastrophic Injury Claims
When you suffer a catastrophic injury claim, you and your family are likely primarily concerned with your physical and emotional recovery. Legal matters, paperwork, filing deadlines or statutes of limitation, and the like all take a backseat to getting you to your best possible state and improving your health and wellbeing. A Michigan, Minnesota,or Wisconsin licensed attorney from ASK LLP can take on the pressing legal issues that are important for your case while you and your family focus on yourselves.
An attorney will need to show the following elements to be able to build a convincing case for compensation:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care.
- They neglected that duty of care.
- This failure resulted in your injury.
- Your injury caused you catastrophic harm.
To show these elements, we perform a thorough investigation into the events that led to your injury, including interviewing witnesses, obtaining the police report of your accident, compiling your medical records, getting testimony from experts, getting testimony from your friends and family, and whatever else is necessary.
Lawyers also handle discussions with insurance agents and attorneys for the opposing party. In some cases, it might make sense to settle your claim before going to court (thus avoiding court costs and potentially getting your compensation sooner). However, ASK LLP’s catastrophic injury lawyers are also willing and able to represent you in court if the at-fault party will not agree to a fair settlement package, which is unfortunately all too common.
Learn About Your Options After a Catastrophic Injury
You deserve significant compensation after a catastrophic injury. At ASK LLP, we understand that the period right after such an injury is difficult and traumatic. We are ready and willing to help you by taking on the legal burdens of your claim so that you and your family can focus on your recovery process.
Get in touch with our knowledgeable attorneys licensed in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin today to learn more about how we can help and how you can get the compensation you deserve.