A Seattle catastrophic injury attorney at The Fang Law Firm can help you recover financial compensation from an at-fault party.
No one expects to face a catastrophic injury in their lifetime. Whether it’s you or a loved one who is staring down a long road of recovery, medical bills are already piling up. A life-changing injury and mounting medical bills cause an extreme amount of stress in addition to the pain from the injury. The last thing you should be worrying about if you’re recovering from a life altering injury or you’re helping a loved one recover is how you’re going to pay for care or make up for lost wages.
One way to recover from the person who is responsible for your injury is by pursuing a claim through their insurance company. Whether your catastrophic industry resulted from a car accident or at work, a skilled catastrophic injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process. A catastrophic injury attorney will work with you to:
Having a catastrophic accident attorney on your side will send a message to the insurance company that you won’t be settling for less than you deserve. Insurance companies know you’re vulnerable and they will capitalize on that to bully you into taking a smaller settlement amount. Our attorneys have decades of experience in insurance company settlements; we’ve seen all the tricks.
As defined by the American Medical Association, a catastrophic injury is a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain. It may also include skull or spinal fractures. A catastrophic injury can result in death, severe functional disability, and head or neck trauma with no permanent disability.
If the insurance company denies your claim or doesn’t offer a settlement amount that meets your satisfaction, a Seattle catastrophic injury lawyer can help you file a civil action against the at-fault or the insurance company.
A civil action against an at-fault can include a negligence or personal injury action. A civil suit will hold the at-fault party personally liable, and in a civil suit, the jury can award you damages to compensate you for your injury. Juries typically award non-economic and economic damages.
Washington doesn’t have a cap on these damages, however they do limit damages in two ways:
Spinal cord injuries can be life-altering. People who suffer from spinal cord injuries may never be able to work again. You may be experiencing a spinal cord injury if you’re experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
It is important to not move, and to call for immediate medical attention. Spinal cord injuries can result in complete or incomplete paralysis of the body depending on the severity of the injury.
In addition to partial or total paralysis, spinal cord injuries can result in other complications such as:
Living with a spinal cord injury is expensive. The average yearly cost of health and living expenses (not including lost wages) is anywhere from $42,000 – $185,000, with the first year of medical expenses and living expenses adding up to $350,000 – $1,000,000.
Brain injuries are the result of destruction or deterioration of brain cells. Roughly, 52,000 people die as a result of traumatic brain injury, and more than five million Americans who’ve suffered traumatic brain injury require assistance in performing daily activities.
Brain injuries can result from:
You may be experiencing a brain injury if you’re suffering from the following symptoms:
Recovery from a brain injury can run anywhere from $85,000 to $3 million over the person’s lifetime; a full recovery is never certain with a brain injury.
As evidenced by the above, catastrophic injuries are not only life-altering and can lead to permanent disability or death, but they are also extremely expensive. A catastrophic injury attorney in Seattle can help you recover damages for your injury.
With a catastrophic injury, damages may never be high enough for you to afford your care for the rest of your life, especially if you are unable to work. A Seattle catastrophic injury attorney can help you file a permanent or temporary disability claim through the Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave program or the Social Security office.
You can count on us to help you through a catastrophic injury. Call us today at (206) 489-5140 for a free case consultation.
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