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Rebuilding After a Serious, Life-Changing Injury
Some injuries are so serious that they change a person’s life forever. They may lead to lasting disabilities, scarring, disfigurement, or emotional suffering. Coping with these catastrophic injuries is anything but easy, which is why recovering full and fair compensation from the at-fault party is an essential part of working toward a more stable future.
As a catastrophic injury law firm that focuses on handling a small number of complex, high-stakes injury cases, Edwards Kirby is able to dedicate the resources and attention needed for clients in Durham, NC.
Why Choose a Catastrophic Injury Attorney at Edwards Kirby?
- We’re led by two Inner Circle of Advocates members (top 100 plaintiffs’ lawyers nationally).
- We’ve secured record-setting results, including the largest personal injury verdict, largest personal injury settlement, and largest medical malpractice verdict in North Carolina.
- Our catastrophic injury attorneys are nationally recognized, and have over 170 years of combined experience.
- We’re trusted by clients throughout North Carolina, as well as by catastrophic personal injury lawyers who bring their most difficult cases to us.
Backed by a team of talented trial attorneys, a network of professional experts, and an unwavering dedication to the families we serve, our catastrophic injury attorneys proudly help clients across Durham, the state of North Carolina, and beyond.
Call to speak with a Durham catastrophic injury lawyer. Your consultation is free and confidential.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
Personal injury cases are civil claims that aim to hold at-fault parties financially responsible for the damages victims suffer, and they can include a range of accidents and injuries.
In most cases, victims who file personal injury claims recover from their injuries and lead normal lives. In catastrophic injury cases, however, that is not typically the case.
Catastrophic injury is term used to describe any type of personal injury case in which victims have suffered serious, long-term, or life-altering injuries. They’re distinguished from other injury cases because they result in considerable losses for which full compensation is of the utmost importance, and because they demand a greater focus of resources.
While any injury case can be “catastrophic” if there are life-altering losses, there are some common elements and examples. These include:
- Spinal cord injuries, paralysis, paraplegia, and quadriplegia
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Amputation and loss of limbs
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and permanent brain damage
- Loss of function, including organ damages, vision loss, and hearing loss
- Severe burn injuries and scarring
- Medical malpractice and birth injuries
- Permanent ligament or nerve damage
- Multiple broken bones / orthopedic injuries
Motor vehicle accidents, industrial accidents, explosions, construction accidents, and medical malpractice are common causes of catastrophic injuries, though such injuries can involve any type of accident, and a variety of legal issues – including property owner negligence (premises liability) or defective products (product liability).
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FAQs About Catastrophic Injuries
What Are Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries?
Any permanent injury that prevents a person from being able to work is catastrophic. The four most common types of catastrophic injuries are severe burns, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and traumatic orthopedic injuries. Read more about each of the most common permanent injuries below.
- Severe burns: Severe burns are third-degree or fourth-degree burns that cover a large portion of the body and prevent people from moving and functioning as they normally would.
- Spinal cord injuries: Spinal cord injuries that result in a loss of mobility and motor function are common catastrophic work injuries.
- Traumatic brain injuries: Brain injuries typically happen when blunt force is applied to the head and often cause other conditions and symptoms that prevent someone from working.
- Traumatic orthopedic injuries: Orthopedic injuries include severe fractures that require numerous surgeries or amputations.
What Medical Treatments Are There for Catastrophic Injuries?
Medical treatments are available to help you get back on your feet after a catastrophic injury. The treatment path depends entirely on the type of injury but can include emergency medical care, surgeries, operations, physical therapy, skin grafts, and medication to manage pain. Learn more about these possible treatments below.
- Emergency medical care: Emergency medical care refers to any action a patient can take to prevent the injury from worsening.
- Surgeries: In cases where a catastrophic injury is involved, a patient may have to undergo many different surgeries and operations. Even if these operations are successful, they may result in the patient being unable to work again.
- Medication: Medication can help manage ongoing pain and treat certain injuries.
- Skin grafts: Skin grafts help patients who have suffered from severe burns by repairing the skin on the impacted area.
How Much Is My Catastrophic Injury Case Worth?
It’s impossible to determine how much a case is worth without having all the facts. However, there are a few things you can look at to help you estimate how much your claim is worth in the meantime. The value of a catastrophic injury claim depends on liability (degree of fault), damages (losses incurred), and the ability of the at-fault party to pay.
Liability is crucial in determining the value of a claim, with a higher fault meaning a lower value. In other words, if the other party was completely at fault, the case is worth more. If you were partially at fault, that can reduce the compensation you receive from the case.
Damages also have an impact on your case’s value. If more damages are involved in the case, your claim is worth more. Some of the most common types of damages that you can report are medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, and permanent disability.
The ability of the at-fault party to pay affects the value of a catastrophic injury claim. Usually, the at-fault party has insurance to cover compensation, but the insurance will only pay up to policy limits. If the policyholder’s insurance does not cover the costs of the injury, you can file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. However, this can be challenging, especially if the at-fault party is an individual rather than an entire corporation.
Expert Insight & Testimony
Working with experts also becomes a more crucial need in catastrophic injury cases. This includes working with investigators, accident reconstruction experts, and industry experts who can explain situation- or industry-specific rules, guidelines, or regulations a defendant failed to meet when working to prove fault and liability.
Because compensation in catastrophic injury cases also entails a considerable amount of future damages, victims and their catastrophic injury attorneys will need to turn to other experts who can help calculate projected future losses This may include:
- Working with relevant medical experts and specialists to understand the nature of a victim’s injuries;
- Obtaining medical expert testimony regarding a victim’s prognosis, likelihood of recovery, what deficits they will be left with, and what treatment they will require in the future;
- Using financial experts and accountants to calculate the amount of income an injured victim would have earned had they not been severely injured or disabled;
- Calculating the costs of expected future losses, including projected expenses for future medical needs, accommodations, medications, and more (while taking inflation and other factors into account);
- Working with mental health experts to illustrate the scope of psychological and emotional suffering endured by victims and their loved ones.
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