Do I Need A Catastrophic Injury Attorney?
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Every year, thousands of people across the country suffer catastrophic injuries. For example, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported that the number of traumatic injuries treated in hospitals in 2021 rose by 12 percent to 65,296, according to 12NEWS KPNX. Sadly, 1,716 victims lost their lives.
If you or a loved one recently suffered a life-changing injury, you need the help of a catastrophic injury attorney. At Phillips Law Group, we have helped many clients across the country who have suffered catastrophic injuries receive fair compensation. Our qualified and experienced attorneys fight every day to secure compensation for the victims of other people’s negligence.
We do everything possible to make sure our clients receive the compensation they deserve.
We want to hear about your experience and see how we can help you. Schedule a free, personalized case evaluation by calling Phillips Law Group at (602) 222-2222. Alternatively, contact us online today.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
An injury usually qualifies as catastrophic when it changes your life forever. For example, you may permanently lose the use of a limb, suffer paralysis, lose your eyesight or hearing, or suffer ongoing pain. Occasionally, the term also applies to injuries that are short-term in nature but cause extreme suffering.
In most cases, catastrophic injuries lead to long-term disability, disfigurement, or pain. Some people who have suffered catastrophic injuries require daily or even 24-hour care. In some cases, people lose their lives due to these injuries.
A catastrophic injury lawyer understands how to calculate both the financial and non-economic impact of your accident. He or she can put a dollar amount on intangibles such as pain and suffering and not being able to interact with your family as you did before.
Our law firm can access medical assessments of your injuries to understand the long-term impact of your condition. Our aim is to help you secure a settlement commensurate with the level of injury you have sustained.
If your loved one has passed away due to a catastrophic injury caused by another party, we can help you explore the legal remedies open to you. This may include pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Causes of catastrophic injuries
People can sustain catastrophic injuries in many different ways, including:
- Auto accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Sports accidents
- Medical negligence
It is the severity of the condition and the impact it has on your life, rather than the type of injury, that classifies it as catastrophic. How it was inflicted is also less important.
Types of catastrophic injuries
The most common types of catastrophic injuries affect the brain and spinal cord:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): TBIs can cause memory issues, muscle weakness, vision and speech problems, and processing difficulties. These conditions may be temporary, but the effects are permanent in some cases.
- Spinal cord injury: Spinal cord damage can cause partial or complete paralysis. You may lose sensation and control of your limbs. It can also cause problems with bladder and bowel control, breathing, and sexual function.
- Loss of eyesight or hearing: Either condition will have a devastating impact on your life. You may need to make significant adaptations to your work, home, and family life.
This is just a snapshot of a few common types of catastrophic injuries. Whatever the nature of your injury, don’t hold back from seeking legal advice. The attorneys at Phillips Law Group can advise you whether your injuries are catastrophic or non-catastrophic.
The first step is to meet with an attorney to discuss your case. Call Phillips Law Group at (602) 222-2222 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation.
Why You Need a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Have you suffered a serious accident and found that you are not getting the help you need from your insurance company? You need a catastrophic injury lawyer to fight for your rights.
To prove you were not at fault
During your case evaluation, your attorney will look for evidence of negligence. This is crucial to any personal injury case. Your injuries must have been directly caused by the negligence or malicious intent of another party.
Without the support of a qualified lawyer, it may be challenging to prove that the other party was negligent. To satisfy the requirements of the law, you must show the following:
- The negligent party owed you a duty of care
- The other party’s actions or negligence constituted a breach of that duty
- The at-fault party’s actions caused your injury
- The negligent party’s actions caused you loss or suffering
Some areas of the law are particularly complex. For example, proving negligence in medical malpractice cases requires a high level of legal and medical expertise. In such a case, you need an experienced attorney who will work with medical experts to build your case.
Insurance companies may try to confuse legal accountability for the accident. They could even try to pin the blame on you! However, qualified catastrophic injury attorneys have seen it all before, and they know how to hold those responsible accountable.
There is no need to go it alone. When we take on your case, an experienced attorney alongside the entire legal team at Phillips Law Group will work on many fronts to find the evidence to build a strong case on your behalf.
To fight for a fair settlement
We expect insurance companies to be there to provide us with the compensation we need. Sadly, all too often, people experience delays and lowball offers. Remember, their aim is to pay you as little as possible.
Before accepting a settlement, talk to a catastrophic injury lawyer. Our attorneys can make sure you’re getting a fair settlement. If you are not, we will fight to try to secure the best possible outcome for you.
To calculate and negotiate your compensation
The more severe your injuries are, the more compensation you may be entitled to receive. Your catastrophic injury lawyer will examine:
- The extent of your injuries
- The long-term prognosis
- The extent of your current medical bills
- The amount you are likely to pay for medical care throughout the rest of your life
- The cost of other needs, such as caretakers and medical equipment
Catastrophic injury lawyers will undertake research to arrive at a fair settlement figure. They may request medical examinations and evaluations or obtain the testimony of expert witnesses. Your attorney will also calculate a figure to compensate you for your pain and suffering.
They will fight to help you to achieve compensation through negotiations with the at-fault party’s attorneys or insurance company. If they cannot achieve a fair settlement through negotiations, they can represent you in court.
Catastrophic Injury Compensation
A catastrophic injury lawyer will tenaciously pursue compensation for:
- Medical expenses – past, present, and future
- Loss of earnings and loss of future earning potential
- Pain and suffering
Depending on the nature and extent of the injuries, your catastrophic injury lawyer may also pursue damages for loss of consortium. This refers to the loss of the ability to provide the care and companionship to your spouse or family that you did before the accident.
Phillips Law Group – Your Trusted Attorneys
At Phillips Law Group, we understand what you’re going through. Over the last 26 years, we have helped many people like yourself who have suffered catastrophic injuries through other people’s negligence.
If we take on your case, you can be assured that we will put in the time, effort, and energy to see it through to the end. We will spar with insurance companies to help you to secure fair compensation.
You can focus on your recovery while we focus on pursuing your compensation. Schedule a free case evaluation with Phillips Law Group today by calling us at (602) 222-2222 or contacting us online.
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