Catastrophic Injury Lawyers, Asheville NC
Catastrophic Injuries 101
Unfortunately here in Asheville and the surrounding counties of Western North Carolina, car wrecks and other accident-related incidents are common, often leading to a variety of injuries ranging from broken bones to concussions to painful consequences from whiplash.
And while these injuries are very serious and may require extensive medical treatment or even surgery, most victims are fortunate enough to make a full recovery. But what happens when injuries are so debilitating that the victim can never fully recover from them, resulting in a permanent disability?
This is the harsh reality for some people who find themselves facing what are often called "catastrophic injuries" - the most severe non-fatal injuries anyone can endure.
The aftermath of such injuries is always a life-altering experience filled with uncertainty and countless questions concerning the victim's (and their family's) future.
In this article, we will shed light on this critical issue and provide the information you (or someone you love) might need to navigate the legal challenges of dealing with a catastrophic injury.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
Catastrophic injuries is a broad term used to describe severe injuries that have long-term or permanent effects on the victim. These injuries often result in significant impairment or disability and may require lifelong medical care or assistance. Examples of catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, amputations, and multiple fractures.
Catastrophic injuries are traumatically induced. Consequently, they are so serious that victims do not ever fully recover. As a result, these debilitating injuries often involve lifelong medical care such as home or in-facility nursing assistance.
When we say that "catastrophic injuries are traumatically induced," it means that these injuries are caused by a severe and sudden trauma. This trauma could be the result of various incidents such as car accidents, slip and falls, sports injuries, or industrial accidents.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE...
Experienced legal counsel is important if you've been diagnosed as having a catastrophic injury. From the start of your accident to navigating the complex catastrophic injury claims process, Fisher Stark, P.A., can help you.
We deal with the insurance adjusters so the injured can concentrate on healing as much as possible and starting over. Our goal is to help get the maximum recovery for medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident, Fisher Stark, P.A., offers a free consultation to discuss your case. We invite you to call us at 828-505-4300 contact us by email here: Contact Us
What is a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer?
A Catastrophic Injury Lawyer is a legal professional who specializes in representing clients who have suffered severe, life-altering injuries, often referred to as catastrophic injuries. These injuries can include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, amputations, and other injuries that result in significant long-term or permanent disability.
The role of a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer includes:
- Case Evaluation: They assess the circumstances of the injury to determine if there is a valid legal claim. This often involves reviewing medical records, accident reports, and other relevant documentation.
- Legal Advice: They provide legal advice to their clients, explaining their rights, the legal process, and what they can expect in terms of potential compensation.
- Representation: They represent their clients in legal proceedings, which can include negotiating with insurance companies, filing lawsuits, and arguing cases in court.
- Compensation Pursuit: They work to secure compensation for their clients to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. This can involve gathering evidence, consulting with medical experts, and presenting a compelling case for compensation.
- Client Advocacy: They advocate for their clients' best interests throughout the legal process, ensuring their needs and rights are prioritized.
Catastrophic injury claims can help people who have been hurt by another's’ negligence get fair financial compensation for their injuries. This financial restitution can help you or a loved one pay medical bills, get the long-term therapy you need and make up for lost wages.
Things an injury attorney can explain and help you understand:
What are the Costs Associated With Lifelong Injuries?
Catastrophic injuries mean a lifetime of care and expenses.
Consequently, such a burden can easily ruin a person financially. Experienced attorneys fight because care can include extended hospital stays, then ongoing medical care afterward if the victim is unable to take care of their own personal needs. No one should have their lives ruined due to the bad decisions of someone else.
At Fisher Stark, P.A., we have experience with the costs associated with catastrophic injuries, including expenses like:
- Emergency medical expenses
- Ongoing medical care
- Nursing care
- Medication expenses
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Ongoing psychological counseling
- Medical equipment for specialized needs
- Home remodeling to accommodate wheelchairs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
The Challenges of Living with a Catastrophic Injury
Lifelong injuries can cause many medical issues over time. So, someone suffering a spinal cord injury can develop respiratory problems much later. Also, victims suffering a brain injury can appear perfectly normal, but may face debilitating, lifelong issues. Consequently, these conditions can include chronic headaches, memory loss and cognitive dysfunction. And such injuries make it nearly impossible to keep a job or even hold long term personal relationships.
Everyone with a catastrophic injury deserves to have a champion fighting for them and advocating for their best legal care and resources for recovery. This where the attorneys at Fisher Stark can help. They are experienced with the numerous limitations arising from catastrophic injuries and the complex ways they can occur.
Catastrophic injury lawyers play a crucial role in helping victims and their families navigate the legal complexities following a severe injury, with the goal of securing fair financial compensation needed for long-term medical treatments, rehabilitation, pain and suffering as well as help for adapting to life after their injury.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries in the Asheville Area
Here's a brief list of the most common types of catastrophic injuries:
Car Accidents: Collisions can cause a variety of catastrophic injuries. For example, a severe head impact could lead to a traumatic brain injury, or a strong side-impact could cause spinal cord damage.
Falls: Falls from a significant height, or even slips on a level surface, can lead to catastrophic injuries. For instance, a fall can result in a traumatic brain injury if the head hits the ground hard, or a spinal cord injury if the fall impacts the back.
Sports Injuries: High-impact or extreme sports can lead to catastrophic injuries. For example, a severe tackle in football could result in a spinal cord injury, or a hard hit in boxing or a mixed martial arts session could lead to a traumatic brain injury.
Fires & Explosions: Accidents involving fire or severe physical force such as an explosion can cause catastrophic injuries. For instance, a blow to the head from a flying object due to a building fire could lead to a traumatic brain injury.
Industrial Accidents: Accidents in industrial settings, such as construction sites or factories, can lead to catastrophic injuries. For example, a worker could suffer severe burns from a chemical spill, or lose a limb in machinery.
FISHER STARK - CATASTROPHIC INJURY LAWYERS, ASHEVILLE NORTH CAROLINA
While based in Asheville, we also serve Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Rutherford, and McDowell Counties as well as the other surrounding communities in Western North Carolina. Trust our experienced team of lawyers to provide the legal help you need for just about any type of accident-related case in which you or a loved one has sustained harm or injury.
Your well-being is our top priority and we are committed to helping you receive the justice and fair compensation you deserve, so you can move forward with your life. For a free consultation, we invite you to call us at 828-505-4300 contact us by email here: Contact Us
Should You Hire a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer?
If you have been diagnosed with a catastrophic injury such as a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, severe burns, amputations, and other injuries that result in significant long-term or permanent disability ... you may be wondering whether or not you need a lawyer. The answer is yes, in most cases. Here are some reasons why:
Legal Expertise: Catastrophic injury lawyers have a thorough understanding of the laws and regulations surrounding these types of cases. They can help you navigate a complex legal system and ensure that your rights are protected.
Negotiation Skills: Insurance companies are notorious for offering low settlements to injury victims. A catastrophic injury lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to ensure that you receive fair compensation.
Experience: Catastrophic injury lawyers have handled many cases like yours before. They know what to expect and can provide guidance and support throughout the entire process.
Objectivity: You may feel emotional and overwhelmed after a serious accident. A catastrophic injury lawyer can provide objective advice and help you make informed decisions.
The law in North Carolina calls for fair compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In certain situations, you may be able to recover punitive damages.
At Fisher Stark, our role is to guide you through the claims process. Dealing with the insurance companies and maximizing your recovery are our goals. We may be able to settle your claim without going to court. We will counsel and advise you. And we will never settle a claim without your permission.
If your claim doesn’t settle, we have the experience needed to file a lawsuit and go to trial. Bad driving decisions have dire consequences. And through the civil justice system, we can impact our communities making them safer while obtaining full justice for the victims.
We Will Stand Up for Your Rights
Don’t let the insurance companies push you around or make you feel guilty for simply exercising your rights under the laws of our State.
Because we are known as trial lawyers, insurance companies understand our reputations of fighting for the injured. Consequently, insurance adjusters are familiar with our experience and our willingness to go to court. We are known for fighting to get our clients the fair compensation they deserve to cover their needs because of a life-long injury.
We’ve handled more than 170+ jury trials and have the tools and expertise necessary to maximize your recovery.
Call us today at 828-505-4300 for a free consultation to discuss your legal options. We will personally review your case and provide you with an honest opinion of its merit so that you can decide how you want to proceed in the future.
Interested in Learning More About Catastrophic Injury Claims?
Click on any of the articles below - they will provide you with concrete information that’ll help you understand more about catastrophic injury claims:
with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Asheville
Might Not Take Your Case?
Affects Personal Injury Claims