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The Wide, Wide World of Personal Injury Attorneys

When you think of personal injury cases, you probably picture two parties standing in front of a judge who decides how much one party has to pay the other. Indeed, this is how some personal injury cases end up being concluded. But many are actually settled out of court. Your attorney files a suit against the defendant, and then the defendant's lawyer presents you with an offer for a certain amount of money if you agree not to go to court. You and your personal injury attorney decide whether or not to accept that offer, which is called a settlement. As you can see, personal injury lawyers do a lot more than just go to court. You can learn more about the many nuances of their jobs on this blog.

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Catastrophic Injuries: Getting Compensation

When an incident occurs that causes you to be injured, such as a slip and fall accident, or a car crash, or you are a victim of medical malpractice, you may need to seek compensation for your injuries. When you have a catastrophic injury, however, it's valuable to seek damages from whoever caused your injuries. This article takes a closer look at this topic.

Definition

A catastrophic injury is one that results in life-altering consequences which leave the victim subject to an extended recovery process or, in many instances, leave them with a permanent disability. Examples of catastrophic injuries include amputations, spinal cord injuries, and brain injuries that impair someone's cognitive function.

Catastrophic fall into the category of personal injuries and are the most severe type of personal injury. 

Effects

Catastrophic injuries, by their very nature, will almost always have serious negative effects on the victim. For instance, if someone has suffered a brain injury they could suffer from permanent memory loss or mood swings. Catastrophic injuries can leave the victim with a loss of mobility that makes them dependent on other people just to complete their daily activities.

Also, a person with this type of injury is often not able to work and must depend on an adequate settlement to cover their health and living expenses. 

Claim

To receive compensation for your catastrophic injuries you will need to file a claim with the appropriate civil court in your jurisdiction. Before taking this step you should gather as much evidence as possible pertaining to the individuals or entities that were responsible for the accident, as well as create financial statements that focus on your medical and health expenses and your lost income from not being able to work.

You will also need to gather testimony from any witnesses who saw the accident. Filing a claim after a catastrophic injury is a complicated process, so you will definitely require the help of an experienced attorney.

Contingency

Filing a personal injury claim based on catastrophic injuries comes with costs, which can sometimes be quite extensive. Most victims are not able to pay the costs involved in this type of legal action, so you will probably need an attorney who works on contingency. A contingency fee lets the attorney collect his fee only if the outcome is successful. Typically, if you are awarded damages due to a catastrophic injury, the attorney will take a certain percentage, such as one-third of the award. Consult a local catastrophic injury lawyer for more information.