Severe burns, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and internal organ damage are all catastrophic injuries. A catastrophic injury is not “defined” by the type of injury or how or where the accident causing it occurs but by how it affects your life.
When you or a loved one sustains a catastrophic injury, reach out to an Arlington personal injury lawyer from GKBM right away. Your medical condition will require expensive care, and your household will require extensive financial compensation to cover that care and other losses incurred by the accident. Trust an Arlington catastrophic injury lawyer from our team to fight for fair compensation to secure your household’s financial future.
Catastrophic Injuries Are Life-Changing
You experience life much differently after a catastrophic injury than you did before. Seeking compensation can help you adjust to those changes.
Your physical body and what your body can physically do, are altered after this kind of injury. You may have diminished mobility, cognitive abilities, strength, and body-system functionality. You may require help to breathe, walk, take in and digest food, communicate, or carry out other physical activities.
If you have lost a limb or suffered from burns or lacerations, your physical self will look different, and it can be difficult to adjust to those changes.
The trauma of the accident causing your injuries, along with your changed physical abilities, often causes extreme emotional distress. As a victim of a catastrophic injury, you are at higher risk for depression and anxiety, and other psychological consequences, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Your injury will likely keep you from participating in activities you once enjoyed, working, caring for yourself independently, and interacting with friends and family as you did prior to your accident. These losses are emotionally devastating, often leaving victims feeling isolated and hopeless.
You will require extended recovery time to reach the maximum level of healing from your injury if recovery is possible. During this time, you will not be able to work and earn. In many cases, victims cannot return to work at all, or at least not to the same degree they could before the injury.
The temporary and probably permanent loss of income and job benefits is a devastating financial blow to your household which is only intensified by the costs of your medical care.
You will also face new accident-related expenses as you may need to hire childcare and transportation providers, daily caregivers, help with household maintenance, or restructure your living environment to accommodate your changed abilities.
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An Arlington Catastrophic Injury Attorney Can Help Stabilize Your Future
A settlement can compensate you for your losses, secure access to the best medical care, and bring you a measure of justice. You can expect your catastrophic injury lawyer in Arlington to make a settlement demand covering or acknowledging your economic and non-economic losses.
Any cost or financial loss experienced because of your accident and subsequent injuries are economic losses. Medical expenses–both current and future–are factored into your settlement demand.
Your catastrophic injury attorney in Arlington will review your bills and speak with medical experts to determine the amount required to cover your ongoing needs. Unfortunately, catastrophic injuries often compound over time, leading to infections, sores, and other physical effects requiring care.
Your attorney will also calculate your lost income and determine what you would have earned had you been able to continue working to retirement age, including job benefits and bonuses, into this part of the demand. Your lawyer will assess your additional accident-related expenses as well.
Though they do not come with an actual bill, non-economic losses come at great expense to your and your family. They represent the emotional suffering and reduced quality of life you and your loved one’s experience because of your injuries and their consequences.
Victims typically do not have experience valuing losses incurred by a catastrophic injury. This lack of experience and the chaotic aftermath of an accident put them at risk of underestimating their losses and settling for compensation that is far less than what they need. Representation from a catastrophic injury lawyer from GKBM protects victims from being taken advantage of and receiving inadequate compensation.
Some circumstances allow victims to seek punitive damages. In Tennessee, if victims can prove the at-fault party acted maliciously, intentionally, or recklessly, they can seek punitive damages, which punish the defendant for their horrendous actions or negligence.
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An Arlington Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Will Act in Your Best Interests
With an Arlington catastrophic injury attorney on your side, you can trust that your best interests will be at the forefront of every action.
Investigating and Filing Your Claim
GKBM has the resources and experience required to conduct a full-on investigation of the accident causing your injuries. Your attorney will consult with relevant experts, interview witnesses, and gather evidence from all available avenues to identify who is at fault and prove the at-fault party’s negligence.
Your catastrophic injury lawyer in Arlington will also file all legal paperwork, present their comprehensive evidence, and make a fair settlement demand.
Negotiating with Insurance Companies
Most often, the settlement you collect comes from the at-fault party’s insurance company, and insurance companies do not act in your best interests. They put their own interests first.
This means they may use unethical strategies to lower the amount of their payout. For example, their investigators may form their own version of how the accident occurred, attempting to put fault on you or another party to reduce your compensation or slow the entire process down. They may also use intimidation to scare victims into accepting an initial, too-low settlement offer, claiming it is the most the victim can expect to receive.
Representing You at Trial
Most injury cases settle out of court, especially when your lawyer is a formidable negotiator. In the event the at-fault party does not make a fair offer, your attorney will present you with your options. Should you take the case to trial, your attorney will fight for you at every court date.
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In the aftermath of a serious accident, you may feel you do not have the energy to make one more phone call and discuss the incident yet again. However, making a call or sending an electronic message to the team at GKBM will make all the difference. Once an Arlington catastrophic injury lawyer takes your case, you can put your focus completely on your recovery while we handle all legalities and fight to get you the financial security and justice you deserve.