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Understanding Personal Injury Claims for Catastrophic Injuries

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Understanding Personal Injury Claims for Catastrophic InjuriesSuffering an injury is a stressful experience, no matter the injury you have sustained. Many everyday situations such as car accidents, work accidents or even freak accidents can cause multiple types of injuries, ranging from minor scrapes and bruises to more severe injuries such as brain or spinal injuries. Whatever the accident, there is always the risk of a more serious, catastrophic injury, which is much more consequential than something you will recover from completely. Depending on the situation, sustaining a catastrophic injury may allow you to recover compensation from the responsible parties.

What is a Catastrophic Injury?

The definition of a catastrophic injury varies depending on the source you are getting your information from. For the most part, catastrophic injuries can be considered injuries that have serious consequences and permanently alter the person’s life or quality of life. Examples of catastrophic injuries can include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputations or loss of limb
  • Crush injuries
  • Severe burn injuries

What Types of Compensation Can Be Recovered?

Most of the time, if you have suffered a catastrophic injury, you will need medical care or specialized care for an extended period of time. In some cases, you may need specialized care for the rest of your life. Also, in many catastrophic injury cases, your ability to work is diminished or taken away completely. Here are a few examples of costs and the types of compensation you can recover by filing a lawsuit for a catastrophic injury:

  • Emergency medical expenses
  • Continuing medical care and/or nursing care
  • Medications
  • Medical equipment
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of or decrease in earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

A Cook County Catastrophic Injury Attorney is Here to Help

Whether you suffer from chronic pain that will be present for the rest of your life or your injury prevents you from doing any kind of work, you may have the right to receive compensation for your injuries. At the Law Office of John S. Fotopoulos, P.C., we have been helping clients recover compensation for their injuries for more than 18 years. Our skilled Tinley Park, IL, catastrophic injury lawyers can help you determine what type of compensation you may be entitled to and the best course of action to receive it. Call our office today at 708-942-8400 to schedule a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-cord-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20377890

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20378557

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/burns/symptoms-causes/syc-20370539

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/amputation

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