Accidents & Catastrophic Injuries
Personal Injury Lawyers in Springfield
Catastrophic injuries are those which cause long-term disability and disfigurement, impacting a victim's quality of life, freedom, and/or mobility. These injuries go beyond temporary setbacks and threaten the injured person's ability to ever return to his or her normal way of life. Examples include amputations, traumatic brain injuries, severe burns, internal organ damage, and spinal cord injuries.
Cases involving catastrophic injuries can be complicated, and it’s often wise to meet with a personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights and options.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
Generally speaking, a catastrophic injury is one that is so severe, it completely affects the victim’s life. Catastrophic injuries often result in temporary or permanent impairments, disabilities, and limitations. Victims typically experience significant physical pain and emotional suffering, as well as considerable financial hardship.
Examples of common catastrophic injuries include:
- Back, neck, and spine injuries
- Broken bones
- Burns and scarring
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Amputation/loss of limb
These and other serious injuries can have a serious, far-reaching impact on victims and their families. At Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C., we make it our mission to help those affected by catastrophic injuries and negligence obtain the justice they deserve and the fair compensation they are owed.
Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
Any serious accident or traumatic event can result in catastrophic injuries.
Some of the most common causes of these injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Boating accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Dog bites
- Workplace accidents
- Violent and criminal activity
Often, these incidents are the result of someone’s careless, reckless, or wrongful conduct. When this is the case, the injured victim (or their family members) can take legal action and work to hold the liable party accountable. By filing a catastrophic injury claim, you can seek financial compensation for related damages, such as medical expenses, future care costs, lost income/wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, trauma, and more.
How Are Catastrophic Injury Claims Different from Other Personal Injury Claims?
Catastrophic injury claims are distinct from standard personal injury claims in several ways. The main difference is the severity of the individual’s injuries. Because catastrophic injuries are much more severe than other types of injuries, they often require more extensive medical treatment, ongoing and even lifelong care, home modifications to accommodate disabilities, and other costly adjustments. Catastrophic injury victims are also often unable to return to work, either temporarily or permanently, meaning they will lose weeks, months, or even years of income they would have otherwise earned.
All of this means that catastrophic injury claims tend to be significantly higher in value than standard personal injury claims. As a result, insurance companies and other liable parties are quick to dispute or even deny catastrophic injury claims. These entities do not want to pay out high-value settlements and will often go to great lengths to disprove or devalue these claims.
For people bringing catastrophic injury claims (known as “plaintiffs”), this means several things. It means that it will likely be tougher to prove your catastrophic injury case, and it means that you are likely to experience greater pushback from the insurance company or another liable party. It also means that you should discuss your case with an experienced attorney who understands catastrophic injuries and knows how to navigate the legal system.
At Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C., our Springfield catastrophic injury lawyers have helped many severely injured accident victims and their families successfully fight for the full, fair compensation they were owed. We know how to hold negligent parties accountable, and we are prepared to aggressively advocate for you.
What Can I Do to Protect My Interests After an Accident?
Believing what the insurance company tells you is not in your best interest. Adjustors have one goal, and it is to protect their corporate bottom line—not to make sure that you are treated fairly or that you receive the payout you deserve. An experienced personal injury lawyer can provide the counsel necessary to help you understand what your rights are and how best to ensure that they are met.
Your catastrophic injury case could entitle you to compensation for your losses, including:
- Permanent disability coverage
- All present and anticipated medical bills
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of current and future wages
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Physical pain and suffering
Request a Free Case Consultation at Our Office
In order for you to understand your situation from a legal perspective, schedule a free case evaluation at Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. During your consultation, we can help you assess the options available to you. We use plain English and break down the legal terminology because we want you to walk away with real, understandable answers to your questions.
“My experience as a client was no less than phenomenal. The attorney who handled my case was great. my biggest praise goes to the paralegal who was there for me every moment, Peggy Forest.”- Larry Ward
“Thank you all for everything. Dana Baker was great. She took over, lifting the burden of dealing with the insurance companies so we were able to focus on healing. She kept us informed every step of the way. I would recommend it to everyone. Again thank you”- Jaden Austin
“I was involved in an accident while on my motorcycle. It was a big relief that I could just focus on healing rather than dealing with insurance companies.”- Former Client