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The American Medical Association (AMA) defines a catastrophic injury as a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, skull, or brain, from which the victim is unlikely to survive or fully recover. Catastrophic injuries are life changing.

These types of injuries commonly require hospitalizations, surgery, long recovery periods, assisted living devices such as wheelchairs, ongoing medical treatments, cognitive and physical rehabilitation therapy, and life-long medical intervention and prescription medications. The cost of these services can be financially devastating to the victim and their family.

The Philadelphia catastrophic injury lawyers at The Igwe Firm are dedicated to helping victims of catastrophic injuries claim the maximum amount of compensation available to them. Their commitment to advocacy for those suffering life-changing injuries helps victims claim compensation that covers their medical bills, lost wages, and their pain and suffering.

Causes and Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries typically result from serious accidents, such as:

  • Car and truck accidents
  • Work-related accidents
  • Motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents
  • Falls from high elevations
  • Sports accidents
  • Recreational activities such as skydiving and hunting
  • Construction accidents
  • Medical mistakes and malpractice
  • Defective devices or drugs
  • Defective machinery or tools
  • Burns from chemicals and fire
  • Violent crimes
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Explosions
  • Dangerous products
  • Swimming, diving, and water-related accidents

Catastrophic injuries typically result in life-changing and permanent injuries and disability. These can include:

  • Head and brain trauma, including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries resulting in partial or complete paralysis
  • Amputation of limbs
  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Organ damage that may result in permanent impairment
  • Severe burns and complications such as infection, disfigurement, and scarring
  • Neurological impairment that results in cognitive or physical disability
  • Respiratory illness and disease
  • Cancer from exposure to toxic substances and chemicals
  • Death

Compensation Available through a Personal Injury Lawsuit

The high cost of medical intervention; assisted living; mobility devices such as wheelchairs and prosthetics; ongoing therapy and prescription medications, combined with a loss of wages for those suffering permanent disability can quickly devastate a victim’s financial resources. Medical insurance and Workers’ Compensation benefits can provide some help, but those that require long recovery periods or have to rely on the help of others for their everyday tasks can find that these benefits are not enough.

Compensation from a personal injury lawsuit can help victims of catastrophic injuries maintain the quality of life they had before their injury occurred. It can also help provide tools and equipment that enhance mobility which may not be covered by insurance.

In some cases, victims recover the cost of their medical bills and lost wages, while others can claim compensation for their pain, suffering, and the loss of their future income potential.

Why is it Imperative to Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer for Catastrophic Injuries?

It is vital for victims of catastrophic injuries to consult with an experienced and reputable Philadelphia injury lawyer to ensure they receive the maximum amount of compensation available to them. A knowledgeable lawyer will understand the nature of the victim’s injuries, what impact they will have on them presently and in the future, and be able to assess the financial compensation necessary to cover these losses.

Even when a victim of catastrophic injury dies, the family of the victim may be entitled to compensation and benefits.

Proving Liability

When large corporations, businesses, and employers are liable for a victim’s injuries, they will often try to limit the amount of compensation awarded. Proving liability can be tricky in some cases, since the defendant in a personal injury lawsuit may have access to a large defense team. An experienced Philadelphia catastrophic injury lawyer will be able to help provide the evidence necessary to prove the losses suffered by the victim, and how the injuries will affect their quality of life in the future.

Punitive damages can be awarded in some cases to compensate the victim for the emotional trauma and suffering associated with their injury. Punitive damages are a form of punishment placed on the responsible party and can result in significant awards. Product liability claims and injuries resulting from negligent manufacturing of a dangerous product can include this type of compensation.

Philadelphia Catastrophic Injury Lawyers at The Igwe Firm Help Victims of Catastrophic Injury Claim the Maximum Amount of Compensation Available

If you or someone you know has been a victim of a catastrophic injury, the Philadelphia catastrophic injury lawyers at The Igwe Firm can help you claim the maximum amount of compensation available under the law. Call us at 215-278-9898 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. Our Philadelphia, Center City offices serve clients throughout Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania.

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