Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

Decatur Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

What is a Catastrophic Injury?

A catastrophic injury is a severe injury to the head, spine, or brain that results in permanent disability, long-term medical problems, and/or a shortened life expectancy. These injuries are often caused by accidents, such as a car crash, a fall from a height, or an injury from a defective product. Catastrophic injuries can be life-altering, not only for the victims but also for their families who will have to provide care and support for the rest of the victim's life.

If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. You should not have to shoulder the burden of these costs alone. Our Decatur catastrophic injury lawyers at Morrison & Hughes can help you file a claim and guide you through the legal process. We have more than 30 years of experience and a proven track record of success. Let us help you fight for the fair recovery you deserve.

Contact us online or call (404) 238-7028 to schedule a free consultation with our team today.

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Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Many different types of injuries may be considered catastrophic. In general, these are injuries that will have a significant and long-lasting impact on the victim's life. They often require extensive medical treatment and ongoing care.

Some of the most commonly seen catastrophic injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputations
  • Severe burns
  • Paralysis
  • Fatal injuries

Catastrophic injuries can be caused by a variety of accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, premises liability incidents, defective products, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse/negligence.

How Do Catastrophic Injuries Differ from Other Personal Injuries?

Catastrophic injuries are not just more severe versions of other personal injuries. They are a special category of injuries that are often life-altering and may require extensive ongoing care.

Some of how catastrophic injuries differ from other personal injuries include:

  • They are typically more severe and more likely to result in long-term or permanent disabilities
  • They often require extensive medical treatment and ongoing care
  • They may result in significant disfigurement
  • They may require the victim to have to relearn basic life skills, such as talking, walking, and eating
  • They may result in the victim being unable to return to work or perform the same job duties as before
  • They may result in the victim having to rely on assistive devices, such as a wheelchair, prosthetic limbs, etc.

What Damages Are Available in Catastrophic Injury Cases?

As in other personal injury cases, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages if you were injured due to the negligence of another person, business, or entity. However, because catastrophic injuries are often so severe, the damages available in these cases are typically much higher than in other types of injury cases.

Victims of catastrophic injuries may be able to recover compensation for the following economic and non-economic damages:

  • Medical expenses (past, current, and future)
  • Lost wages/income (past, current, and future)
  • Lost or reduced earning capacity
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress/mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement and/or disability
  • Property damage (e.g. car damage in a motor vehicle accident)
  • Loss of consortium/companionship
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses

Additionally, in some cases, the victim may be awarded punitive damages. Punitive damages are not meant to compensate the victim for their losses but rather to punish the at-fault party. These damages are only awarded in cases in which the at-fault party was grossly negligent, reckless, or intentionally harmful.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When Should I Reach Out To A Car Accident Attorney After An Accident?

    It's advisable to contact a car accident attorney in Atlanta promptly after the incident. Early involvement allows the attorney to gather evidence, assess the situation, communicate with insurance companies, and guide you through legal proceedings for a smoother and potentially more successful case resolution.

  • ¿Puedo recibir una compensación en Georgia si soy parcialmente responsable de un accidente de auto?

    Posiblemente. En el estado de Georgia se aplica la norma de negligencia comparativa modificada, lo que significa que es posible recibir una compensación parcial por daños y perjuicios si su parte de la culpa no supera el 49%. Si se determina que usted tiene el mismo porcentaje de culpa que la otra persona, o la mayoría de la culpa, entonces no podrá recibir nada. En caso de que usted sea parcialmente responsable, su compensación se reducirá según su porcentaje de culpa. Por ejemplo, si sus daños ascienden a un total de $100.000 y el tribunal decide que usted tiene el 20% de la culpa del accidente, recibiría $80.000. Nuestro bufete puede evaluar su grado de culpa y explicarle cómo puede afectar a su caso.

  • ¿Cuánto tiempo tengo para presentar una demanda por accidente de auto en Georgia?

    En el estado de Georgia, por lo general, usted tiene hasta dos años a partir de la fecha del accidente de auto para presentar una demanda. Si un ser querido fallece debido a lesiones fatales sufridas en un accidente, usted tendrá dos años a partir de la fecha de la muerte, no de la fecha del accidente, para presentar una demanda por muerte por negligencia. No podrá recibir ninguna compensación si no cumple con el plazo límite, así que no espere para discutir su caso con un profesional legal.

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