Catastrophic injuries are devastating. They can cause life-long issues that patients deal with for as long as they live. They could have chronic pain, lasting disabilities or other problems to contend with.
While compensation isn’t going to make a catastrophic injury go away, it can make life easier for those who have suffered. They may be able to get compensation for a variety of purposes such as:
- Covering the expenses related to medical bills
- Paying for travel costs related to the injury
- Covering the cost of physical therapy
- Paying for in-home medical care
…and so much more. It is important to work closely with your attorney to discuss what a fair settlement amount would be and how much your injury is expected to cost over time.
Low long does it take to know the severity of a catastrophic injury?
It depends on the kind of injury. For example, if you have a spinal cord injury, stabilization usually occurs within 72 hours (this is a surgery to restore the alignment of the vertebrae). After this, patients may see significant improvements for the next several weeks or months. Incremental improvements are likely even years later, but the patient is generally considered stable after a year or two (and no major improvements are expected).
Every patient is different, so your doctor should talk with your attorney about your health and what is expected in the future. You may improve significantly, or the injury may be so severe that little improvement is expected. This will play a role in how much compensation you can ask for and the award that you should expect.
Do you have to work with an attorney when you have a catastrophic injury?
Using an attorney is not a requirement when you’re seeking compensation, but it’s a good idea to look into your legal options and to work with an attorney due to your circumstances. Negotiating a settlement can be time-consuming and frustrating. While you’re recovering, it’s usually best to minimize your stress level and to focus on healing, which is one benefit of working with someone who can take on the case and make sure you’re taken care of.
Your catastrophic injury is a result of someone else’s negligence or poor decisions. As a result of their actions, you’ve been badly hurt and have a life that is different than what you expected. Your attorney can help you seek compensation to make things easier.