The word “catastrophe” is generally reserved for sudden disasters like Hurricane Katrina or the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion. On a smaller scale, catastrophes can refer to any misfortune, mishap, or failure. Within the context of personal injury law, a catastrophic injury results in permanent damage that dramatically alters the person’s mental or physical capacity and impacts their short-term and long-term functional capabilities. These injuries come with huge medical bills, serious mental or emotional effects, and prolonged time away from work (or even complete inability to work).
A graduate of Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, Attorney David Mann practiced insurance defense work early in his career, which gives him unique insight into both sides of the legal process and can be very advantageous to plaintiffs. To review your circumstances and discuss available legal options, call us at 478-742-3381 or fill out our online form. In addition to cases handled in Macon, we are prepared to handle claims on behalf of clients in Dublin, Warner Robins, Milledgeville and other Georgia communities.
Calculating the full cost of a catastrophic injury and attempt to regain pre-injury quality of life is a large undertaking. If you or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic injury caused by the carelessness, recklessness or misconduct of another, it is absolutely essential to speak with a knowledgeable, experienced Georgia lawyer. The Mann Law Firm can assist you in determining whether you have a valid claim and, if so, we pledge to work closely with you every step of the way. We know how to skillfully, yet compassionately, represent catastrophic injury victims, and our expertise will help ensure you receive just compensation for your claim.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Like snowflakes, no two injuries are exactly the same. Pain, loss, and healing are highly individualized experiences and affect people’s lives differently. Injuries typically classified as catastrophic include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Severe burns
- Organ damage
Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
Most major injuries are preventable and occur only because of someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior. Accidents can happen anywhere to anyone, and when they result in a life-changing catastrophic injury, holding the responsible party accountable is important. No victim should have to pay for someone else’s misconduct.
The Mann Law Firm has successfully represented severe injury victims of:
- Car wrecks
- Construction site accidents
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck wrecks
- Vehicle defects
- And more.
Kinds of Damages Allowed
Catastrophic injuries result in serious physical and emotional challenges. Surgeries, physical therapy, medical devices, and medication are common – and expensive. Lost income, lifetime care, and rehabilitation services can cost hundreds of thousands (even millions) of dollars. Assessing the financial costs of an injury can be difficult and must take many factors into account, such as the severity of the injury, the victim’s lifetime healthcare needs, the victim’s current and future occupational situation, and whether anyone is dependent on the victim for care.
The types of compensation that may be awarded include:
- Emotional distress – mental pain and suffering caused by the accident
- Lost wages – income lost due to the injury, as well as future wages lost due to decreased earning capacity
- Medical expenses – reimbursement for treatment already received and compensation for future estimated medical costs
- Pain and suffering – physical discomfort caused by the accident
- Property damage – damage to the victim’s car or personal items.
Allowable medical expenses address a large number of costs, such as ambulatory services, hospitalization, surgery, medication, assistive devices, medical supplies, rehabilitation, in-home care expenses, and home modifications (handrails, ramps, wider doors, roll-in showers, etc.).
Our Injury Lawyers Can Help
Many of the immediate concerns after a catastrophic injury revolve around finances, which is why it’s so important to speak with a GA serious injury attorney as soon as possible. You should be able to focus on your health and recovery instead of on medical bills and insurance companies. Furthermore, Georgia law says that a claim based on a personal injury has to be brought within two years of the injury. In some situations, valuable evidence can be lost over time, so it’s important to act quickly.
We know how the Georgia legal system operates and can help you get the maximum amount of recovery, even if that means going to trial. For more than 50 years, the Mann Law Firm has been helping people put their lives back on track and we are ready to help you. For advice on how to proceed next, please call us at 478-742-3381 or fill out our form today to schedule your free initial consultation.
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