FAQs: Catastrophic injuries after a car accident
What you need to know now if you’ve been catastrophically hurt in Michigan
“Steven Gursten received a $34 million settlement on behalf of a truck accident victim with a catastrophic injury. This auto settlement is the largest in Michigan history by a Michigan lawyer.” – VerdictSearch
A catastrophic injury is almost always a result of sudden trauma, such as from a car or truck accident. It leaves a person suffering from permanent disabilities for the rest of his or her life. Catastrophic injuries also put serious stress on the accident victim’s family, often because of the costs of medical treatment and the time missed from work. The accident victim may need constant supervision and help, as well as a lifetime of therapy and medical care.
Below are some frequently asked questions for you and your family about catastrophic injury after a car accident or truck accident:
- What is a “catastrophic injury”?
- What are common catastrophic injuries?
- What causes catastrophic injury?
- What treatment is appropriate for catastrophic injury?
- Can I sue for a catastrophic injury?
What is a “catastrophic injury”?
Catastrophic injury means “consequences of an injury that permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.” Such injuries have serious, long-term effects on car accident victims and their families.
What are common catastrophic injuries?
A catastrophic injury often causes severe disruption to the central nervous system, and can include spinal cord injuries or severe burn injuries, which in turn affects many other systems of the body. Some of the most common catastrophic injuries include:
- Head trauma
- Brain injury
- Accidental amputation
- Spinal cord injury
- Severe burns
- Multiple bone fracture
- Eye injury
- Shoulder injury
- Foot injury
- Back injury
- Neck injury
- Organ damage
What causes catastrophic injury?
Automobile accidents are by far the leading causes of catastrophic injury. But they can be caused by any number of different circumstances.
What treatment is appropriate for catastrophic injury?
Proper and ongoing medical attention is essential for people with catastrophic injury. Beyond initial medical care, they may require frequent doctor visits, ongoing therapy and follow-up surgeries, depending on the extent of the injury. During the pre-litigation process, an injury attorney will work with doctors, life care planners, and other medical experts and providers to determine future medical needs.
Can I sue or bring a lawsuit after suffering a catastrophic injury due to another’s negligence or carelessness?
Yes. You can likely pursue a lawsuit and receive legal compensation for your catastrophic injury, if it was caused by someone else’s negligence or from a defective product. An accident attorney will need to prove negligence, proximate cause, and then show the harms and losses that you have suffered to bring a successful lawsuit.
Catastrophic injuries have immense financial implication. Catastrophic injury settlements seek to compensate victims for their lifelong disabilities. A personal injury lawsuit can mean the difference between an accident victim’s future quality of life, and future medical care and an uncertain future.
One of the most important aspects of bringing a personal injury lawsuit is the determination of its value and whether it will be successful or not. The best advice is to consult with an experienced injury attorney to discuss the merits of bringing a lawsuit. In Michigan, someone with a catastrophic injury from a motor vehicle accident can sue for pain and suffering and also for lifetime No-Fault medical benefits.
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