A catastrophic injury is one which causes permanent disability, long-term medical problems, or shortened life expectancy. These types of injury are also very likely to cause extreme financial hardship, as sufferers are often unable to work, require carers and sometimes require expensive modifications to their homes. For this reason, victims of a catastrophic injury who were injured due to someone else’s negligence are entitled to claim personal injury compensation.
Types of catastrophic injury
Although there are a multitude of possible catastrophic injuries, they are grouped roughly into six types: brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, paralysis, severe burns, and multiple fractures. The problems these patients may face are widespread and both physical and mental. Other than the trauma of the accident itself, it can be very difficult to adjust to life with permanent disability or long-term medical problems.
When assessing the amount of compensation a claimant is due, a judge will take the pain and suffering of the victim into account as well as their financial situation. Awards for financial support are based on the amount of money the victim would have earned, had they remained able-bodied.
Making a claim for personal injury compensation due to catastrophic injury
With Accident Advice Helpline, claims for personal injury compensation are carried out on a no win, no fee* basis. This means that there are no upfront sums to pay, and you won’t pay for your lawyer’s services unless you win your case. This allows everyone who is entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Most claims are conducted over the telephone rather than in person. Judges can make their decisions based on the facts available and don’t usually require a personal appearance by the claimant.
Here to help you
If you’d like to find out more about claiming personal injury compensation, and discuss your own particular situation in detail, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so feel free to call whenever is convenient. Our advisors have experience in dealing with all sorts of personal injury claims and will be able to give you a good idea of whether or not your claim is likely to be successful as well as how much compensation you could receive based on legal precedents. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation.
Date Published: February 18, 2014
Author: David Brown