Columbus Catastrophic Injuries Lawyer
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To state that any injury caused by negligence is insignificant would be
false. When someone is injured or affected because of the carelessness
of another, they deserve to be compensated no matter how seemingly small
the losses may seem. The legal field of
personal injury law differentiates certain injuries which have a more serious effect on their
victims concerning extent and damage to qualify of life. Catastrophic
injuries are injuries that have permanent and significant impacts on a
victim. These impacts include financial burden, permanent disability (physical
or mental), loss of enjoyment and the inability to enjoy family relationships
in the same manner.
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury through no fault
of your own, our Columbus catastrophic injury attorneys at Rourke and
Blumenthal can represent your interests in court and fight for full compensation
on your behalf. Having more than 75 years of combined experience representing
injured clients, we know your rights and we know to get the results you need.
Discuss your injuries with us one-on-one during a
free case evaluation or by calling (614) 321-3212.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
Exactly as they sound, catastrophic injuries permanently alter an individual’s
life and prevent them from performing any gainful work. These injuries
occur suddenly and without warning, leaving a person to suffer lifelong
debilitation and oftentimes requiring round-the-clock assistance in order
to live their daily lives. Injuries of this type cause a substantial disruption
to the body’s central nervous system, causing effects such as loss
of movement and sensation, reduced communication or cognitive abilities,
and damage to other body systems such as respiration, the gastrointestinal
system, and circulation. Catastrophic injuries also affect far more than
the victim, as they can have a significant impact on family members who
must make sacrifices to care for their loved one.
Common injuries often categorized as catastrophic injuries include:
Catastrophic injuries have a high risk of fatality, especially those which
involving trauma to the head or neck. It is important to note that some
severe brain injuries do not have immediate effects and can surface days
or even weeks after an injury, worsening with time. If you have been involved
in an accident of any kind, it is urgent you seek immediate medical attention
to protect yourself against serious medical complications.
Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
While a catastrophic injury can result from a wide variety of different
accidents, injuries of this type are frequently caused by another person
or party’s careless actions. Individuals who are injured through
no fault of their own may file a civil claim against the responsible parties
in pursuit of monetary damages.
Catastrophic injury claims oftentimes stem from the following:
Filing a Catastrophic Injury Claim
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, you are permitted to seek compensation
for your suffering within two years of the date of your injury. If this
time limit expires, the courts will no longer hear your claim and you
will lose your right to pursue legal action.
Proper medical care is vital for all catastrophically injured persons.
Beyond preliminary medical care, victims may require regular doctor visits
and surgeries in the years to come, depending on the extent of the injury.
During this process, an attorney from our firm will work with doctors,
caretakers, and other medical experts to determine the extent of your
injuries and evaluate your future medical needs. Understanding the complete
impact of an injury is essential in crafting a strategy to ensure you
are fully and fairly compensated.
How Much Is My Catastrophic Injury Case Worth?
Because of the massive financial implications a catastrophic injury has,
one of the most important aspects of bringing a personal injury claim
is determining the value of such a claim. The reason for making a distinction
between these types of injuries and others is that they often require
a larger amount of compensation in order for the victim to be adequately
Factors that contribute in the amount of compensation sought for catastrophic
- Cost of immediate medical attention
- Cost of medical treatment to date
- Predicted cost of future medical care
- Predicted cost of future prescription medication and/or devices
- Impact on the victim's ability to work for wages
- Impact on the victim's ability to live independently
- Impact on the victim's social and familial relationships
While many states have imposed caps for noneconomic damages in personal
injury cases, catastrophic injury cases in Ohio have no limit on noneconomic
damages. Noneconomic damages will usually be awarded by plugging your
economic losses into a damages formula based on a certain multiplier determined
by the above factors. The more severe an impact an injury has on a person’s
life, the higher the multiplier that will be applied. Our personal injury
lawyers can fight to maximize these damages on your behalf and ensure
your rights are asserted.
Contact our firm today for a free consultation!
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury at the hands of
contact Rourke and Blumenthal immediately. We believe that you deserve the maximum recovery available
in small recompense to what you have been forced to endure and we want
to be the ones to help you obtain it.
To discuss your situation and learn how we can fight for your rights, schedule a
free case consultation with a Columbus personal injury attorney!