Serious injury cases are also referred to as catastrophic or life-altering injuries; injuries that turn the victim’s life upside down. Plaintiffs filing claims like this will never be the same again, and the life they once knew is gone, replaced by a completely different personal and medical reality.
Catastrophic injuries are often the result of things such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, amputations, severe crush injuries, third degree burns, etc. They are injuries that will require medical care, therapy, counseling, plastic surgery and other services for the rest of a victim’s life. The only way to recover compensation to pay for catastrophic injury claims is to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Any funds awarded in a case of this nature will cover medical bills, ongoing care, emotional trauma, loss of wages (past, present and future) and pain and suffering etc. These cases tend to have relatively high jury awards, largely due to the nature and duration of the victim’s injuries. Since there is more at stake in lawsuits like this, these cases tend to be hotly contested by defendants wishing to avoid liability. In some instances, plaintiffs may receive a reduced award as the result of the defendant’s defense tactics.