Catastrophic Injury Lawyer in Macon
A catastrophic injury in personal injury law is defined as any type of severe injury that causes long-term or permanent damage. These injuries may include brain and spinal cord injuries, severe burns, paralysis, loss of limb, birth injuries, and disfigurement. In most cases, an individual who has suffered a catastrophic injury will never go back to his or her previous quality of life. The individual may need permanent assistance and may not ever regain the ability to work in a previous job capacity.
When we talk to our catastrophic injury clients, they are often going through some of the toughest life battles, and they may not be able to count on sympathy and support from employers, insurance providers, or the individual responsible for the injury. At Nelson & Smith, we are committed to a relentless pursuit of justice and fair compensation after a client suffers a catastrophic injury.
Damages in a Catastrophic Injury Case
Damages awarded are important in every case, but they are particularly meaningful in catastrophic injury cases. Without compensation, a victim may never have access to much-needed medical support, rehabilitative services, and long-term care. In Georgia, there are not many limits on economic and non-economic damages. There is a $250,000 limit on punitive damages (designed to punish a malicious or purposefully negligent individual).
Types of Incidents that Cause Catastrophic Injuries
Any accident can cause a catastrophic injury, but some incidents are more likely than others to result in serious injuries. Accidents may include:
- Workplace incidents – If you work with heavy machinery or in a high-risk work environment such as construction or mining, you may face an increased risk for catastrophic injury.
- Car accidents – Severe car accidents involving high speeds or rollovers can easily result in life-altering injury.
- Other transportation incidents – Plane, pedestrian, motorcycle, and boating accidents all have the potential to cause very severe injuries.
- Slip and fall accidents – If you fall incorrectly, an impact in the wrong place could cause irreparable damage.
- Defective products – Equipment, appliances, and other product defects or inadequate warnings can lead to serious accidents and injuries.
Working with Expert Witnesses
When our team at Nelson & Smith takes on a catastrophic injury case, we begin with an independent investigation into the circumstances of the case as well as the prognosis for our client. We often consult long-term care and financial planners to determine the needs of a victim over time. Catastrophic injury clients need to secure compensation not only for short-term needs and medical care, but also for long-term care and treatment.
After a Catastrophic Injury
If your loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, you may not know where to start or how to help. Talking to a personal injury attorney is usually free. Our team always offers free consultations for individuals trying to determine if a personal injury case is the right course of action and how to start helping a loved one move forward.
Try to collect as much information about the accident as possible, and then talk to a lawyer. If you are a spouse or parent, do not accept any settlement offers from an insurance agency. You may not know enough about the victim’s prognosis or medical needs, and the wrong settlement may not offer enough financial coverage. At Nelson & Smith, we do more than represent our clients in court. We also help them sort out medical treatment, talk to insurance providers, and deal with bill collectors.
The people on the other end of the telephone or in a facility do not know what you’re going through. We can take care of those hard conversations, legal hurdles, and financial difficulties while you focus on recovery.
Please contact our Macon office today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.