Legal Options if You Suffered Catastrophic Injuries in an Accident
There are some accidents that change your life forever. A major collision, fall, or other accident can permanently alter your physical or mental capabilities. When you suffer a significant injury that changes your future, this is known as a catastrophic injury. If you’ve suffered an injury due to someone else, our Ohio catastrophic injury lawyers can help.
If your catastrophic injury was caused by another person or business’s carelessness or recklessness, you should contact the Ohio catastrophic injury lawyers of Kisling, Nestico & Redick immediately. You will need aggressive legal representation to handle your claim. Whether facing off with an insurance company or a defendant in court, we are ready to protect your rights and fight to obtain the most compensation possible for such a serious injury accident.
Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to learn how we can help.
When an Injury is Defined as Catastrophic
In regard to a legal claim, there is no universal definition of a catastrophic injury. However, the experienced personal injury attorneys of Kisling, Nestico & Redick have an in-depth understanding of what constitutes catastrophic in Ohio. A catastrophic injury is so significant that it results in a permanent physical or psychological change. This limitation or disability then makes it difficult or impossible for you to work and support yourself.
For example, if your leg is crushed resulting in a traumatic or surgical amputation, this permanent change would be considered a catastrophic injury. An amputation is a permanent physical change that can affect your ability to find gainful employment.
Common Catastrophic Injuries From Accidents
Many catastrophic injuries are related to the brain or spine. However, there are a number of other injuries that can result in permanent physical or psychological changes, including:
- Mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including partial or full paralysis
- Partial or full loss of hearing or sight
- Facial disfiguration
- Nerve damage, which can result in partial or full loss of feeling or function
- Neonatal death
- Burns or electrocution
The Financial Consequences of a Catastrophic Injury
The consequences of a catastrophic injury are far reaching. Not only will you suffer a permanent injury and the associated medical costs, but you will have to prepare to pay for additional medical care, devices, aids, and help for the rest of your life. For instance, if you suffer an amputation, you may need new prosthetics every few years. Or if you are partially or fully paralyzed, you may need round-the-clock in-home care by a professional. After a catastrophic injury, your medical expenses may not end.
Since your financial future is altered, you and your family will have to make significant adjustments to how you live and support yourselves. A potentially lucrative future can melt away into living paycheck-to-paycheck or relying heavily on government benefits. This is only one of the reasons you should work with an experienced and skilled Ohio catastrophic injury lawyer from Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We understand how important it is for you to receive the maximum compensation possible for your injuries to cover your current bills and to financially prepare for years down the road.
The Psychological Consequences of a Catastrophic Injury
You will also experience emotional and psychological ramifications. It is normal for you to suffer from anxiety, depression, sleep conditions, and other mental health issues after a catastrophic injury. Though it may initially be hard for you to identify a mental health issue and admit there is a problem, it will require treatment just as your physical injury.
Recovering Compensation After a Catastrophic Injury
When your injury was caused by another person’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation based on both your economic and noneconomic injuries. In many situations, your first attempt at obtaining compensation is through an insurance claim. If you were in a car crash, you would file a third-party claim against the other driver’s auto insurance policy. If you were hurt at a business or by an employee, then you may file a claim against that business’s liability insurance policy.
However, an insurance settlement is not always possible or forthcoming, which may make it necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit. During this legal process, you and your attorney can use the discovery period to further investigate the accident, gather documentation, and build your case against the defendants you claim are at-fault for your injury. If your case goes to trial, your attorney will present evidence of the defendant’s negligence and your right to compensation.
Through a catastrophic injury claim, you can seek compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Contact Our Ohio Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
If you suffered a catastrophic injury in an accident, do not hesitate to reach out to the Ohio personal injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick for more information regarding your rights and legal options. We understand how a traumatic accident affects your life forever. Our goal will be to provide you with information and to guide you through the process of seeking compensation. We will always try and reduce the stress you are under during this difficult time, enabling you to focus on your recovery and family.
For more information on how we can help, call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW or use our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.