The effects of a catastrophic injury are wide in scope, often causing upheaval in just about every area of victims’ and their families’ lives. To cope financially, heal physically, and simply rebuild a life after sustaining such an injury, victims need significant financial compensation.
If you have experienced a catastrophic injury, call Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi PLC and consult with a West Memphis personal injury lawyer right away. Adjusting to your injuries and their effects will be an expensive and long-term process. Your lawyer will fight for a settlement that will bring you the financial support that the process demands.
Catastrophic Injuries Are Life-Changing
Spinal cord or brain injuries, especially those leading to paralysis, are the injuries most often associated with the label “catastrophic.” Those injuries are indeed catastrophic, but they are not the only ones to fit the category. In the legal sense, an injury resulting in permanent and life-altering effects is considered catastrophic.
Damage to sight, hearing, or nerves, cognitive impairment, and limb amputations are examples, among others, of catastrophic injuries as they permanently change the victim’s life.
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How Catastrophic Injuries Occur in West Memphis
Catastrophic injuries can happen anywhere. For some, the injuries occur during birth. Victims can also be hurt at work, during athletic training, playing recreational sports, in car accidents or fires, because of an intentional violent act, or just from taking a bad fall.
Where and how your injury occurs will affect how and from whom you pursue a settlement. It is in your best interest to bring your case to a West Memphis catastrophic injury lawyer from Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi PLC. Your experienced, expert attorney will examine your case and determine the best path to a financial settlement.
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How Life Can Change After a Catastrophic Injury
Though the specific effects depend on the type of injury sustained, the consequences of any catastrophic injury are almost always comprehensive, radically changing the lives of the victim and their loved ones.
Most likely, victims will be unable to work in the same capacity they could before the incident or may not be able to hold any employment. Often, victims cannot care for themselves independently, perhaps needing help to move, prepare food, clean themselves, or use the bathroom.
These changes affect the entire household. There will be a loss or reduction of income. If the victim carried out household chores, child care responsibilities, or home maintenance, other resources will now be needed to cover those needs. In the most severe cases, victims may not be able to communicate with loved ones or engage with them on cognitive or emotional levels.
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Though these life changes are frightening and require major physical, emotional, and psychological adjustments, a West Memphis catastrophic injury attorney can work to secure a financial settlement to relieve some of those fears and make those adjustments possible.
Your lawyer will examine all elements of your case, from where and when and why the injury occurred to how the injury has affected your life, determine whose negligence caused the injury, and hold those parties accountable.
Victims and families do not always recognize all the factors contributing to an accident and the subsequent injury, and responsible parties and their insurance companies will do their best to deny culpability or pay compensation. Your skilled lawyer from Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi PLC, on the other hand, will dig deep into your case and will not miss any of those factors.
To confirm your injury is the fault of another party’s negligence, you must prove five elements of negligence:
- The negligent party owed you a duty of care
- The negligent party failed to meet that duty of care
- That failure, or breach of duty, caused your injury
- The negligent party should have known such a breach could lead to injury
- Your injuries have caused you to suffer actual, measurable damages
Under Arkansas’ negligence laws, victims can be found partially responsible for their injuries and will get a reduced settlement in proportion to their determined responsibility. For example, a 20% determination of responsibility yields a 20% reduced settlement. If the victim is deemed more than 49% responsible for the accident, they receive no settlement.
Sometimes, insurance companies use unethical practices to discredit or pin culpability for the accident on you in an attempt to avoid paying fair compensation. Your West Memphis catastrophic injury lawyer from Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi PLC, will protect you from these dishonest practices.
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A catastrophic injury will change your life permanently, but a fair settlement can provide meaningful restoration.
Your medical expenses will be significant and probably continuous. Whether you need surgery, extended rehabilitation and physical therapy, a home health aid, medication, medical equipment, or some or all of those measures, your settlement can cover those expenses.
Lost or reduced income and/or potential earnings can hit a household hard. Your catastrophic injury attorney in West Memphis will seek to recover those financial losses to keep a roof over your family’s head and food on the table.
The trauma you and your family experience because of your injury may cause depression, anxiety, or even post-traumatic stress disorder. Your compensation can contribute to much-needed counseling to help you and your family cope.
Changes to Quality of Life
You may not enjoy life’s everyday or special activities as you did before your injury. These losses deserve recognition and mitigation. While a financial award cannot restore you to your former way of life, it can bring access to opportunities suitable for your changed condition.
If a catastrophic injury ultimately causes the victim’s death, a West Memphis catastrophic injury lawyer can pursue compensation for end-of-life expenses, or seek a wrongful death settlement that may recover lost income, medical expenses, and other damages.
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Entrusting your health, your financial future, and your family’s security to an expert West Memphis catastrophic injury lawyer will bring you peace of mind and financial justice. Schedule a consultation today.