The best possible outcome of a car accident is that your injuries heal, your car is repaired and you are able to get back on the road — all while living a happy and healthy life — as soon as possible. But we all know that there are many cases where a car accident or crash dramatically alters the course of a person’s life, and that a return to “normal” is just not possible.
Either the accident cost someone his or her life or resulted in serious injuries that take a long time to heal or can never be properly corrected. In these cases, accident victims should know what to do next, and how best to handle this change in their standard of living.
A catastrophic injury can result in extended or permanent damage to the victim and may include life-long disabilities. Any severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, skull or brain is considered a catastrophic injury, as are severe burns, severe damage to internal and external organs and the loss of a limb.
A catastrophic injury is typically a long-term or permanent injury that will affect how the victim lives out the rest of his or her life. These injuries are often the result of a tragic crash or accident, but may be caused by pedestrian accidents, motorcycle or bike crashes, a severe fall or an attack from an animal or another person.
For the person suffering a catastrophic injury, the emotional toll is often just as heavy as the physical one. Learning to live with a disability or permanent injury can be extremely difficult, especially in situations where another person is to blame. In addition to learning how to cope physically, victims often have to deal with the financial needs of taking care of their injuries and must make a plan for long-term care.
In these cases, no amount of money or financial restitution can give the victim back his or her abilities and the quality of life they enjoyed before the accident. However, a personal injury lawsuit can at least help victims with some of the financial costs they will face in the future.
Filing a Catastrophic Injury Claim
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, you can file a personal injury claim for economic and non-economic damages that covers:
- Your past and future medical expenses. This includes any medical care you received or will receive as a result of your injury — surgery, emergency services, diagnostic tests, and long-term care plans.
- Loss of earnings while you underwent treatment
- Loss of future earnings and earnings potential
- Cost of rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Cost of personal assistance and in-home care
- Cost of assistive devices such as canes, wheelchairs, walkers, and others
- Cost of updating home and vehicle to allow for a catastrophic injury
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
A catastrophic injury is life changing, and often, a victim has a long road of recovery and changes ahead. In these cases, it’s critical to make a personal injury claim that covers the full extent of your injuries and your future needs. For more information, contact the Denver personal injury lawyers at Levine Law today.