Catastrophic injuries are devastating, often life-changing events. If you have been seriously injured in an accident caused by a careless driver or property owner, or another party, our catastrophic injury lawyers can help. Conditions such as brain damage, severe burns, or paralysis may be permanent or fail to fully resolve with time, leaving you to deal with a lifetime of medical expenses. We understand how stressful this can be, which is why we will work diligently to make sure that you get fair compensation in your case. Time is of the essence in these cases, so it is important to act quickly.
Serious car accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, defective products, and construction accidents can all cause catastrophic injuries. While there is no clear definition of the term ‘catastrophic injury’ under state law, this type of injury typically refers to a serious event that results in long-term and permanent harm to the victim, such as disability or disfigurement. Some examples of catastrophic injuries include:
If you have sustained a catastrophic injury due to someone else’s carelessness or wrongdoing, you may be able to recover compensation from the at-fault party through a personal injury claim. This is usually based on the concept of negligence, or a failure to use reasonable care under the circumstances. In order to prevail on a negligence claim, a catastrophic injury attorney must show by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care. They also need to show that the defendant breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff, and the defendant’s breach was a direct cause of the accident that resulted in the plaintiff’s catastrophic injury.
In each personal injury case, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff to prove the defendant’s negligence. As mentioned earlier, the standard by which the plaintiff must establish his or her case is known as the ‘preponderance of the evidence’ standard. This standard essentially requires the plaintiff and their Skokie catastrophic injury attorney to show that the greater weight of the evidence is in their favor. In other words, the plaintiff’s version of events must be more likely true than the defendant’s version of events.
Not only are catastrophic injuries extremely painful, but also they can take a serious emotional and psychological toll on the victim. All of these factors can make the condition extremely costly to treat. A patient may require long-term, even life-long therapy for the physical condition and the long-term services of a therapist to deal with the emotional impact associated with the injury. In Illinois and other states, victims of catastrophic injuries may be able to recover a variety of damages, such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, therapy costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, future medical expenses, property damage, and more. Each case is unique, and the exact amount of compensation that a plaintiff will be entitled to receive will depend on the nature and severity of the injuries.
Dealing with a catastrophic injury like brain trauma or severe burns is never easy, but you do not need to face it alone. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury as a result of negligence, we are ready to help. Our knowledgeable accident attorneys are committed to providing high-quality and compassionate representation to victims. You can trust that we will make every effort to get you the compensation that you need to deal with your injuries. We proudly represent people throughout the United States. Contact Tony S. Kalogerakos, Esq.-Injury Lawyers to schedule a free consultation and a case evaluation with a catastrophic injury lawyer today.
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