Serious catastrophic injuries can leave permanent disabilities. Even basic daily activities can prove difficult when you have sustained a catastrophic injury. Many victims of brain injuries and spinal cord injuries become overwhelmed with medical expenses and are unable to recover financially because their disability prevents them from working or earning a livelihood. It is important that these victims and their families are provided fair compensation for their physical, emotional and financial losses. Furthermore, catastrophic injuries have a significant impact on the victim's family members who must make sacrifices to care and attend to their injured loved one. This can cause financial and emotional burdens.
Rueb and Motta have prosecuted many types of serious injuries that can be classified as catastrophic and long lasting. Some of the most common catastrophic injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries: Injuries to the neck or back can result in damage to the spinal cord. Since the spinal cord is responsible for transmitting signals from the brain to the rest of the body, spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are about 273,000 people currently living with spinal cord injuries in the United States and there are approximately 12,000 new cases each year.
- Traumatic brain injuries: Mild concussions do not typically result in catastrophic brain injuries, but severe damage to the brain can have permanent consequences. Victims of brain injuries often suffer from physical and mental disabilities. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury annually.
- Internal organ damage: In a car accident or devastating fall, it is possible to sustain severe internal damage. When the heart, lungs, liver, spleen or other organ is permanently damaged, it could affect every aspect of the victim's life.
- Multiple bone fractures: A single bone fracture can heal over a period of weeks or months with proper treatment. When someone suffers multiple bone fractures in the same accident, he or she may experience long-term effects. Some victims of multiple bone fractures never regain their strength and mobility and experience a lifetime of reduced physical abilities.
- Amputations: Loss of limbs is a significant catastrophic injury. Such injuries may occur as a result of car crashes or on-the-job injuries. Injured victims are often unable to work or return to their jobs after an accident that involves an amputation. Medical expenses and cost of equipment such as prosthetics can also add up very quickly.
- Burn injuries: Severe burns can result in permanent disfigurement and nerve damage. Burns injuries are considered catastrophic when a significant portion of the body is permanent damaged.
Causes of Serious Catastrophic Injuries
There are many ways in which an individual may suffer catastrophic injuries. Car collisions are among the most common causes of catastrophic injuries. Many of the most severe permanent injuries result from rollovers, head-on collisions and t-bone collisions. This is why it is vital for vehicle occupants to wear a seatbelt at all times. You can also suffer a life-changing head or back by slipping and falling, ladder accident, scaffolding collapse, car fire, sporting activity, assault or work-related accident. Regardless of what caused your injuries, there are legal options available that could help you get the support you need and rightfully deserve.
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We at Rueb and Motta know how catastrophic injuries can have an enormous impact on victims and their families. It often affects the victim’s entire life. Many victims of catastrophic injuries suffer from psychological issues such as depression and may even undergo personality changes resulting in stress and frustration for their family. This is why it is important that victims are provided support for their suffering in addition to compensation for their physical injuries.
Victims of catastrophic injuries have the right to pursue financial compensation for their losses. Damages that may be recovered through a successful claim include:
- Lost current and future wages
- Loss of life's enjoyment
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Permanent disability coverage
- Current and future medical bills
- The cost of rehabilitation services
Rueb and Motta cut our teeth on car and truck accident cases and over the years we have helped clients who have suffered every conceivable injury including burns, amputations, multiple bone fractures and almost 100 wrongful deaths. As former prosecutors, we are well equipped to help victims and their families through an intimidating and scary process. When someone is injured in an accident or by the negligence or malice of another, there are choices. First, most cases involve some form of insurance where the insurance company will defend the person or company that caused the injury. An injured person can negotiate with the insurance company and hope they will provide a fair settlement, which we have found rarely if ever happens, or call an injury attorney and take legal action. Before someone choses to represent themselves in a serious, catastrophic injury case, beware! Insurance companies are not in the business of serving the interests or writing large checks to someone who was injured; they serve their own best interests and are dedicated to increasing their profits. Don’t believe the commercials; they are not like a good neighbor. Rueb and Motta has helped thousands of victims. We know that there is a strong likelihood that we will need to file a lawsuit. We know that the insurance companies won’t make a reasonable offer until before trial. We also know how to help our clients steer through the labyrinth of health insurance, medical care, as well as the legal system. In the end, after a case is resolved, we negotiate aggressively with lien holders so our clients get the maximum recovery.
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