Catastrophic injuries can be devastating to a family, physically, financially, and emotionally. Along with the lasting permanent injury, the financial and emotional hardship can continue for years or can go on for the victim’s entire life. However, when catastrophic injuries result from another person’s negligence, the victim and their family may be eligible for financial compensation.
This eligibility is crucial because many victims and families impacted by catastrophic injuries caused by others often face ongoing medical bills that they can never pay off because they’ve lost their income. They may be unable to return to work or seek gainful employment. Without proper legal representation, they may also lose their home or vehicle. The experienced Mesa catastrophic injuries attorneys of Hastings & Hastings are here to help victims and their families understand their potential legal rights as well as help them get the financial justice they deserve. To learn more, schedule your free case review now.
A catastrophic injury occurs when someone experiences an extremely serious or considerable injury that requires significant medical treatment. Although catastrophic injuries aren’t always permanent, they may take a significant amount of time, sometimes years, for the victim to recover from. It’s also important to note that catastrophic illnesses can also occur to individuals who work on the job. For example, someone who is exposed to toxins, such as asbestos, may develop a catastrophic illness.
To give you a better understanding of what a catastrophic injury may look like, here are some examples of some of the more common ones that occur because of another person’s negligence:
It’s important to note that there’s not just one type of cause for catastrophic injuries in Mesa. They can happen in various types of accidents. While we will list some of the common causes, it’s vital to note that to be eligible for compensation, the injury must have resulted from another person’s negligence. Some of the most common causes of catastrophic injury in Mesa include:
If you received a catastrophic injury because of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to both economic and non-economic compensation. Economic compensation refers to expenses that came about as a result of the accident. Examples include:
Non-economic compensation refers to compensating you for losses that you and your family experienced that can’t have a dollar amount put on them, but you still deserve to be compensated for them. Some examples include:
Depending on the facts surrounding the accident that caused the catastrophic injury, punitive damages may also be awarded. This is the court’s way of punishing the defendant because what they did was considered gross negligence. It is the court’s hope that by assigning punitive damages that it will deter others from doing the same thing. However, the assignment of punitive damages doesn’t happen in every case.
Determining the worth of a catastrophic injury claim can be difficult without knowing the specific facts of your case. However, there are some factors that impact how much a claim may be worth. Some of those factors include:
In Arizona, you have two years from the date of your injury to file your claim. However, we urge you to file your claim as soon as you can. The purpose of this is to ensure that it’s easier to obtain the necessary evidence to prove that your catastrophic injury was the result of negligence.
The experienced Mesa personal injury lawyers of Hastings & Hastings can help put you at ease. We provide aggressive legal representation on behalf of our clients while also ensuring that they can focus on their recovery. Our job is to understand your claim and the facts. We deal with the insurance company on your behalf. To learn more about how we can help you, schedule your free consultation now.