Catastrophic Injury Attorney in Charlotte
Representing the Severely Injured Since 2002
While any injury can be potentially life-changing, some are so severe, they completely alter the victim’s way of life. These are known as catastrophic injuries, and they can have serious implications for victims and their families.
If you or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic injury, you already know the immense physical, emotional, and financial toll these injuries have. Payne Law Firm can help you fight for justice and seek fair compensation for your losses, including medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and future expenses. Led by our award-winning founding partner, Jason E. Payne, we are committed to providing every client with the aggressive, dedicated legal representation they deserve.
Common Catastrophic Injuries
Any injury can have severe, debilitating effects, but some injuries are so serious, they are classified as “catastrophic.” Generally speaking, these injuries prevent victims from returning to their once-normal lives. Often, victims are unable to work, earn a living, or even care for themselves as a result of these injuries.
Examples of common catastrophic injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Hearing loss
- Internal organ damage
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Vision loss
These and other catastrophic injuries can have a major impact on nearly every aspect of a victim’s life. Unfortunately, many of these injuries are entirely preventable.
Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
The most common cause of catastrophic injuries is the negligence of others. Examples include catastrophic injuries caused by:
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus and other mass transportation accidents
- Car crashes
- Defective products
- Motorcycle collisions
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and falls
- Truck accidents
These are just some examples of how catastrophic injuries can occur, but any form of negligence or misconduct can lead to devastating, life-altering injuries.
What to Do If You or a Loved One Was Catastrophically Injured
Regardless of how the injury occurred, the first and most important thing to do is seek medical attention. If you are involved in an accident with someone who is showing signs of a catastrophic injury, call 911. Wait until paramedics arrive and do not attempt to move the injured individual unless he or she is in immediate grave danger.
Once you have sought medical attention and treatment, contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. If someone else was at fault for the accident or event that led to the injury, you could be entitled to financial compensation. However, the liable insurance company will likely use whatever tactics they have at their disposal to dispute, devalue, or deny your claim. Do not speak to any insurance adjusters until you have first reached out to an attorney.
Compensation in Catastrophic Injury Cases
Because catastrophic injuries often result in extensive, ongoing medical treatment and numerous other damages, victims and their families typically face a number of serious challenges. When pursuing compensation for your losses, it’s important that you work with an attorney who understands how to build a case that examines all of your current and future damages.
At Payne Law Firm, we help catastrophic injury victims seek compensation for:
- Emergency medical treatment
- Ambulance fees
- Hospital and emergency room fees
- Ongoing medical care costs
- Future medical care
- Lost income/wages
- Lost future earnings
- Modifications to a home or vehicle
- Surgeries, rehabilitation therapy, and other treatments
- Lost or reduced earning ability resulting from disability
- In-home care costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and trauma
- Counseling services
- Medications and medical equipment, such as wheelchairs
- Property damage
We may also be able to recover punitive damages if you were injured by another person or party who was egregiously negligent or acting outside of the law. These damages are intended to punish the at-fault party for their conduct and help ensure that similar incidents do not occur again in the future.
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If you or someone you love was catastrophically injured, get in touch with Payne Law Firm as soon as possible. In most cases, you only have three years from the date of the injury to file a catastrophic injury lawsuit, so it is imperative that you do not wait to take action.
Our Charlotte catastrophic injury lawyers are here to answer your questions and provide you with dedicated, focused, and personalized legal representation. We offer legal services in both English and Spanish and can discuss your case over the phone or in person.