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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.

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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.

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 reimbursed.

Factors that contribute in the amount of compensation sought for catastrophic injuries include:

  • 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 catastrophic 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 someone else, 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 catastrophic injury attorney!

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