While any injury can be distressing, those which result in life-changing
disability can be particularly devastating. Known throughout the legal
profession as “catastrophic injuries,” these injuries are
so serious in nature that their effects leave the victim permanently damaged
and unable to perform gainful work.
Is There a Legal Definition of Catastrophic Injuries?
No. While there is no established law or standard which defines when an
injury is or is not catastrophic, generally speaking, most legal professionals
consider a catastrophic injury to be any type of injury that cannot be
fully recovered from, leaving a person’s physical condition permanently
altered. Catastrophic injuries are typically connected with severe physical
harm to the brain or spinal cord, though they may also involve the loss
of a limb through amputation or extensive scarring from
severe burns. Catastrophic injuries often require victims to endure a lifetime of hardship
and expensive treatments, the worst of which necessitating round-the-clock
Catastrophic injuries can occur under a myriad of circumstances, including:
How Are Catastrophic Injuries Compensated?
Under normal circumstances when a person is injured, their losses will
have clear-cut costs, such as medical bills, lost wages, copays, and repair
costs for damaged property. All of these costs are totaled together to
form a person’s “economic damages.” Non-economic damages,
or damages for less-measurable losses such as pain and suffering, are
determined by applying a multiplier of one through five to this total.
Determining an appropriate amount of damages can be much more difficult
when a person’s injuries are catastrophic, since their losses are
often open-ended. In these situations, compensation will be based on the
severity of a person’s “residual injuries,” or injuries
which permanently reduce their quality of life. While compensation will
be based on numerous factors, generally speaking, the more serious the
injuries are, the higher the settlement.
Pursue Full and Fair Compensation Today
The strain on victims and families in the wake of a catastrophic injury
can be enormous. Unfortunately, in many cases, without the monetary compensation
provided from settlements and verdicts against those responsible, a victim’s
future medical care may be financially impossible to sustain.
Karsman, McKenzie & Hart, we understand the immense emotional, physical, and financial hardship
a catastrophic injury can bring. If you or a loved one has been left severely
injured due to another party’s carelessness, our
Savannah personal injury lawyers are prepared to do everything within our power to ensure you receive the
financial resources and medical care you need. With decades of compassionate
legal experience and a track record of
millions recovered on our clients’ behalf, we have what it takes to ensure your rights
are guarded during this difficult time.
Get started towards pursuing justice by calling our office today at (912) 289-0166.