Harrison County Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Every personal injury that an individual may suffer is a traumatic experience. Even relatively minor incidents that involve slips and falls, low-speed car accidents, and defective product claims might involve thousands of dollars in medical costs, significant lost wages, and intense emotional anguish. However, most people are fortunate to make a full recovery.
Other individuals are not so lucky. Some personal injuries have a permanent effect on a person’s physical health or ability to earn a living. The law in Harrison County uses the term “catastrophic injury” to describe these losses. In short, a catastrophic injury is any incident that has a permanent effect on a person’s ability to live their life.
A Harrison County catastrophic injury lawyer may be able to help you or your loved one pursue a personal injury claim following a catastrophic injury. With the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney, you may be able to collect the compensation needed to set things right and work toward a full and complete recovery.
Defining a Catastrophic Accident and Injury
In simple terms, a catastrophic injury is one that affects the overall ability of a person to care for their own needs. Furthermore, a catastrophic injury never heals, and the victim will carry the effects for the rest of their lives.
A catastrophic injury usually affects a person’s brain, internal organs, spine, or impairs the function of a limb. Prominent examples include:
- 3rd or 4th degree burns over a significant portion of the body
- Traumatic brain injuries that cause permanent damage
- Spinal cord injuries that may result in paralysis
- Injuries that result in damage to internal organs such as the heart or lungs
- Injuries that result in the loss of sight in one or both eyes
A Harrison County catastrophic injury lawyer could help determine if your catastrophic injuries were caused by the negligent or reckless acts of another person or company, and could help you navigate the legal system to make a full and fair recovery. .
The goal of any personal injury claim is to provide a plaintiff with the money needed to move forward in life. That means recovering money to fix the things that can be fixed, such as past and future medical bills, home care, and past and future loss of income.
However, some things can’t be fixed. So an injured person must also seek to recover an amount of money that will provide fair compensation for things that can’t be fixed, such as physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, anxiety, loss of enjoyment of life, inconvenience, and permanent scarring or disability. In a catastrophic injury claim, this could be a difficult concept to measure.
A Harrison County catastrophic injury attorney at Van Cleave Law could help ensure that you recover the full amount of compensation available under the law.
Proving Defendant Fault in Catastrophic Injury Claim
Personal injury cases require a plaintiff to prove the defendant is liable for his or her injuries and losses. This usually requires proving negligence or recklessness. To prove negligence, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant had and breached some duty to the plaintiff. But that is not all, the plaintiff must also prove that the defendant’s negligence caused the injuries and losses suffered by the plaintiff. Depending on the type of incident that caused one’s catastrophic injury, this might require testimony from experts about how an accident occurred, or from doctors about what caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
However, plaintiffs must defeat allegations of comparative negligence. Under Mississippi Code Annotated §11-7-15, a jury could will be required to allocate fault between all responsible parties. At the end of the case, the Court will reduce the amount of money awarded to the injured person by the amount of fault the Jury allocates to that person (though the Jury won’t be told this will happen).
An experienced Harrison County catastrophic injury lawyer at Van Cleave Law can work to help gather the appropriate evidence to prove the Defendant was negligent or reckless and that those negligent or reckless acts caused the plaintiff’s injuries, while also ensuring that as little as possible or no fault is allocated to the injured party.
The Plaintiff must also prove the extent of her losses. A Harrison County catastrophic injury lawyer could help individuals gather medical records, work with economists to provide estimates of future lost earnings, work with doctor’s and life care planner’s to estimate the costs of future medical care and/or home care, and demand full and fair compensation from all at-fault defendants.
A Harrison County Catastrophic Injury Attorney Could Help
A Harrison County catastrophic injury attorney could stand by your side to promote your case in settlement talks and court. Whether the incident resulted in brain damage, a lack of function in your spinal cord, or an amputation, you have the right to demand full and fair compensation of those injuries were caused by another’s negligent or reckless acts. Contact a Harrison County catastrophic injury attorney at Van Cleave Law today to learn more. Consultations are always free.