What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
Catastrophic injuries are a type of severe injury that results in long-term and life-altering physical, mental, and/or emotional effects. These injuries frequently lead to significant medical expenses as well as a decrease in the quality of life for the victim. Many catastrophic injuries are permanent and will radically transform how a victim must live their life, which is a major part of why pursuing legal action and recovering full compensation is so important.
Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Amputations (loss of limbs)
- Disfigurement or severe burns
- Internal organ damage
- Loss of hearing
- Loss of sight
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
What Causes Catastrophic Injuries?
Negligence is to blame for many catastrophic injuries. We often associate them with devastating car wrecks, but even a seemingly minor slip and fall can produce life-changing consequences.
Catastrophic injuries may be caused by:
Types of Compensation You Can Recover for Catastrophic Injuries in Georgia
If your catastrophic injuries were caused by negligence, you have the right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. Also keep in mind that if you were injured at work or while on the job, you cannot typically sue your employer and will instead have to seek workers’ compensation benefits. If you have questions about your legal options, our Georgia catastrophic injury attorneys are happy to review your case and identify the best path forward.
When you suffer catastrophic injuries because of negligence, pursuing a personal injury claim allows you to potentially recover economic and non-economic damages, which include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income and earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
We Use Innovative Legal Strategies to Win Cases
Getting you the compensation that you deserve requires showing the jury the severity of your catastrophic injury. We accomplish this through cutting-edge techniques, including using 3D printers to reproduce dynamic, tactile simulations of your injury to present at trial. Our team can also recreate accident scenes, including automobile accidents, to better demonstrate how you suffered your injuries and why the defendant should be responsible for covering your losses.
At Morrison & Hughes, we recognize that a protracted legal fight is the last thing you want to go through as you adjust to your new normal. Let us relieve your burden and provide the aggressive advocacy you need to make the recovery process as straightforward, efficient, and painless as possible. Our Georgia catastrophic injury lawyers will always go the extra mile to secure the optimal outcome your situation demands.
How Much Is My Catastrophic Injury Case Worth?
There is no way of knowing the accurate value of your catastrophic injury case without a thorough investigation. We can help you tabulate both the expenses you have already incurred as well as estimate the costs of future care. Our team is also prepared to quantify the more intangible non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, that you have endured and will continue to deal with. After a careful review of your circumstances, we will walk you through what you can expect to recover.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim for Catastrophic Injuries in Georgia?
In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is generally two years, meaning you have two years from the date you were injured to start the legal process. You cannot recover any damages if you miss this deadline. If you were injured at work, you should report the incident and injuries to your employer, in writing, as soon as possible. Then, you will usually have up to one year from the date of injury to file a formal workers’ compensation claim.