Severe Injury Compensation
When considering a lawsuit for a severe injury, one of the first questions to be asked is “What do people get out of a catastrophic injury claim?” They want to know if the results will be worth the effort. A large amount of money is often at stake in these claims, which leads to more work and more expenses in proving their case. There are several options to consider when thinking about the compensation you may want.
What are the Benefits of Filing a Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit?
A lawsuit for a severe or catastrophic injury is filed on behalf of the victim in order to receive compensation that covers expenses resulting from the incident in question. This compensation may be listed under several categories, depending on the exact situation. Here are the main categories:
Payment for medical bills, past and future
A person may be injured in a car accident and have a spinal cord injury which renders them paralyzed. They will need ongoing therapy to prevent muscle atrophy. They may also require medication and other treatments as well as assistive devices such as a wheelchair or handicap accessible transportation.
Damages for physical and emotional pain and suffering
This is often hard to determine, but the amount of pain suffered is taken into account as well as the emotional impact. In the case of the car accident, the person is no longer able to be as independent as before, and has to adjust to not being able to walk, which can take an emotional toll.
Lost wages, present and future
In the same scenario, the compensation for lost wages will depend on the person’s ability to obtain employment in the future. If the accident victim’s job required walking and was a skilled trade they can no longer perform, they may receive at least partial compensation for the loss of income, depending on whether they can obtain another source of comparably-paid employment.
If the person has to hire someone to assist them in daily tasks, the expense would be included. Other items would include the cost of a wheelchair, and alterations that had to be made to the home to accommodate the victim.
This refers to money awarded as punishment to the defendant, and often goes to the plaintiff. In the car accident example, if the defendant was driving while intoxicated, the case may include punitive damages.
To answer your question, “What will I get from a severe injury lawsuit?” you first need to contact an attorney who can discuss your case with you. Once they review all of the documentation and do their own research, they can calculate the recommended amount for your claim. They’ll explain the reasoning behind these figures, and will work hard to ensure you receive fair and adequate compensation for your physical, mental and emotional suffering. Talk to us at the Deuterman Law Group for answers to your questions about how to properly bring a catastrophic injury claim.