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EXAMPLES OF POSSIBLE CATASTROPHIC INJURY CASES

* While these are not the only possible catastrophic injuries, these are very common.

HOW CAN YOU BE COMPENSATED?

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File a personal injury claim.

Filing a personal injury claim against a negligent party helps ensure that you have the best chance of getting financial help for medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.​

Document the expenses of your case well.

Do this from the time of your injury onward. Usually, the initial medical bills are not the only costs associated with catastrophic injuries. You may need follow-up care, additional surgeries, physical therapy, and even psychological therapy over the years. If you are suing for a catastrophic injury, you should keep copies of all appointments and costs associated with the injury. Our team will help you with this.
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Select an attorney experienced in settlements and in trial work.

It can sometimes be difficult to prove the extent of an injury. If the person who caused the injury is found to be negligent, you may be entitled to additional punitive damages.

In the event that you won’t be able to settle the case, you must go to trial. You and your attorney will have to prove that the injury you suffered significantly changed your life.

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Often, a trial attorney will hire experts to help prove your case.

These may be physicians, psychiatrists, or accident reconstruction experts. Their testimony helps to explain to the court and the jury⁠—if you have a jury trial⁠—what type of medical and/or psychological issues you are having. An accident reconstruction expert will attempt to prove that the accident was the fault of the person or company that injured you, and if negligence is suspected, may be able to help prove that the defendant’s negligence caused the catastrophic injury.

Expert witnesses are an important part of the trial because the defendant’s negligence could entitle you to claim non-economic damages including the loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, permanent disability, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and disfigurement. If the court finds that the injuries are catastrophic, the value of these damages may be higher.

what about challenging liability?

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The Defense

Because a defense attorney will have a hard time limiting damages that may be awarded to you if you suffer a catastrophic injury, the defense attorney—the attorney representing the person or company you are suing—may try to show that you were at least partly at fault for the accident that caused your injuries.

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The Offense

Thus, it is imperative to document the accident that caused the injury, plus any medical treatments (including surgeries) needed to attempt to repair the damage. If the court finds that you are partially liable for your own injuries—that you are partially at fault for the cause of the accident—your trial award may be significantly smaller.

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PAIN AND
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The court will consider the extent of the injuries along with resulting physical and mental pain. Injuries causing disfigurement or disability will carry some weight, and the worsening of preexisting conditions could also impact the damages.

 

An attorney may factor in economic damages to put a dollar figure on the pain and suffering. In the state of Idaho, non-economic damages cannot exceed $250,000.