People who suffer catastrophic injuries in slip and falls and car accidents may have their family’s entire future riding on the outcome of their personal injury case. Catastrophic injuries are those that result in severe damage to the spine, spinal cord or brain. These injuries can result in significant disabilities and impairments, which will dramatically impact every aspect of you or your loved one’s life.
Some personal injury victims may be able to recover, return to work and go on living a full and relatively healthy life. Catastrophic injury victims can, in many cases, never return to their career, care for their family or pursue their hobbies and passions the way they had been able to before their injury.
The level of care required for some injury victims who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury may be astronomical in scope and cost. Many people end up requiring full-time care and assistance with virtually all daily activities. In addition to sometimes round-the-clock care, some head and brain injury victims also require expensive equipment and home modifications to improve accessibility and allow them to continue enjoying a degree of independence.
For people who are no longer able to walk, stair lifts, ramps, specially designed bathrooms and widened doorways are often necessary to make their homes more accessible. They also will likely require specialized vehicles with chair lifts or modified controls.
There are also the long hospitals stays, costly rehabilitation and many other health care costs that go along with suffering a catastrophic injury.
Types of Compensation Catastrophic Injury Victims Can Receive
If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury due to another person’s negligence, you will likely be awarded some form of compensation for your injury. The personal injury representation you receive may significantly influence the ultimate settlement or verdict you receive. At a minimum, you should aim to receive compensation for any medical costs you incur or lost wages you suffer due to your head, brain or spinal cord injury.
In addition to damages that can be quantified or estimated, like medical costs and lost wages, there are also general and punitive damages. General damages are for things like pain and suffering and mental anguish, which are often significant factors in catastrophic injury cases.
Punitive damages are awarded when the actions of the negligent party are considered particularly egregious. These types of damages are intended to act as a punishment to deter the culpable party from committing the same actions again. Punitive damages are most common in cases like drunk driving accidents or other injury causing accidents where the negligent party knowingly partook in dangerous behavior.
What to Look for in a Lawyer for Your Catastrophic Injury Case
One of the most important things you can do when looking for a lawyer is accurately determining their experience, typical client satisfaction rating and their case results. Attorneys who are confident in their skills often have case results pages on their website, as well as testimonials.
Not every law firm will have a great rating on review aggregators like Google or Facebook, and when you look at those firms a lot of the client complaints have to do with things like inattentiveness and poor communication. We encourage our potential clients to look through some of our reviews and see just how many past clients appreciate how friendly and attentive our office staff is. It’s important for us to ensure our clients feel heard.
Your ultimate decision should be based on more than just these reviews, but they may be able to give you valuable insight into how a personal injury law firm interacts with their clients.
You may also want to consult with several different personal injury attorneys before choosing one. When you’re on the free consultation call – and it should be free – do your best to judge the attorney’s character, the empathy they show and how closely they listen to you and hear your concerns.
This is a person you may end up working with for a while, and you’ll have a lot riding on their performance as an attorney. If someone seems dismissive, rushed or inattentive, they may not be the right attorney for your case.
Although big law firms often have prestige and reputation, they far too often end up treating some clients like a number in a spreadsheet. Smaller law firms often offer more personalized client service, and in many cases will possess a higher level of personal injury case experience than you’d get with a larger firm.
Representing Clients with Catastrophic Injuries in Newnan
If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury, head injury or spinal cord injury in the Newnan area, the attorneys at the Law Office of Johnny Phillips are here to help you. We understand the anxiety and stress you’re feeling right now, because we’ve helped many clients facing the same struggles. Give us a call at (404) 948-3334 to request a free, no-obligation consultation. Our office would be happy to help you understand your options.