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Serious accidents can change your life in an instant. Even the most seemingly minor injuries can keep you out of work and leave you in a precarious financial situation. Catastrophic injuries are an entirely different story, often leaving victims with a mountain of medical debt and a long, expensive recovery ahead of them. When these injuries are caused by someone else’s negligence, you have legal options available.
Don’t spend your limited time and energy trying to understand personal injury legal jargon. An experienced catastrophic injury lawyer from TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm can do the heavy lifting while you spend time healing. Establish your attorney-client relationship with the Ohio and Kentucky catastrophic injury attorneys at TLF today. Give us a call at (800) 698-4054 to schedule a free consultation.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury can be hard to define under Ohio and Kentucky law. In most cases, if a full recovery is possible, the injury is not considered catastrophic. This is because catastrophic injuries are categorized as having a permanent effect on your life.
Most victims in catastrophic injury cases will never fully heal. Such injuries can degrade mental function or cause a physical disability. Depending on the type of accident, a catastrophic injury can be the end of a once normal life.
Types of Catastrophic Injury
The extent of the damage caused by the accident classifies the injury as a catastrophic injury. At TLF, we focus on recovering fair compensation for all types of catastrophic injuries. Below, we detail the various types of catastrophic injuries we commonly see and work with.
Severe Brain Injury
Brain injuries are a serious matter. Traumatic brain injuries can cause severe personality changes, memory issues, and a severe loss of function.
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury can leave someone with severe nerve damage or paralysis. Such a loss of mobility can have a devastating impact on an accident victim’s mental health.
Burn injuries can cause nerve damage and lead to a life of pain for the victim. Scarring can cause major disfigurement and tightening of the muscles.
Birth injuries can happen to both mother and child. Medical personnel can make mistakes that lead to a healthy baby leading a life of pain and suffering.
Multiple fractures can result in a medically necessary amputation after a traumatic accident. Serious accidents can also cause an immediate accidental amputation on the scene. Both scenarios can lead to a lifetime of phantom pains and expensive medical treatment.
Internal organ damage can significantly alter a victim’s life. Damage to the heart or lungs can cause a lifetime of issues and lead to an early death.
Is a Catastrophic Injury Different Than a Personal Injury?
A catastrophic injury case is merely a type of personal injury claim. A personal injury claim can be pursued after any injury caused by another person’s negligence. In a catastrophic injury case, the injuries are more severe and often life-threatening, and as such, can drastically change the course of a victim’s life.
Personal injury law can be confusing and extremely difficult to navigate, so it’s important to have an experienced legal team on your side. Fortunately, the Cincinnati and Covington personal injury attorneys at TLF specialize in personal injury law, which means you can trust that you are in capable hands.
What Causes a Catastrophic Injury?
Serious injuries can happen at any time to any person, and a few distracted or negligent seconds can change someone’s life forever. In a catastrophic injury claim, you and your legal team must be able to prove that someone else’s negligence caused a severe injury. At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, our catastrophic injury lawyers know what it takes to determine and prove liability while fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Motor Vehicle Accident
Auto accidents happen every single day in the United States. Most of these accidents are completely preventable, and far too many of them are deadly. These accidents can be caused by distracted driving, drunk or drugged driving, reckless vehicle operation, or any other number of things. Catastrophic injuries are particularly common in commercial vehicle wrecks and motorcycle accidents, as victims often sustain serious injuries due to the size difference of the vehicles involved.
Improper medical care can result in life-altering injuries. Medical malpractice ranges from birth injuries to nursing home abuse and everything in between. Medical providers take an oath to heal, but mistakes are part of human nature. Unfortunately, these mistakes can have catastrophic consequences for innocent victims. At TLF, our attorneys work with a nurse on staff and other medical professionals and experts to ensure we have the comprehensive knowledge needed for complicated medical injury claims.
What Are the Consequences of a Catastrophic Injury?
As we mentioned before, a catastrophic injury of any sort can have life-altering effects for both a victim and their family. Someone else’s mistake can leave you or your family member with much more than just a pile of medical bills and a permanent disability.
The first few years of recovery after a catastrophic injury often includes plenty of physical therapy, rehabilitation, and relearning how to live with a new injury. Victims living with a catastrophic injury often can’t work to provide for themselves or their families. This is why you need a team of skilled attorneys on your side to help you navigate these complicated matters. At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, our dedicated and skilled catastrophic injury attorneys attorneys work to secure your financial future.
What Damages are Recoverable for Catastrophic Injuries?
For most accident victims of catastrophic injuries, medical expenses are just the beginning. A catastrophic injury changes many different aspects of your life. Most catastrophic injury victims cannot work the way they once did, and many have mobility issues that require significant updates to their homes and means of transportation. Not only this, but severe emotional trauma can be a seemingly invisible result of a catastrophic injury.
At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, our attorneys fight for the maximum amount of compensation for you. At TLF, we pursue all types of damages, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages (including lost future income)
- Emotional distress
- Medical costs (including future medical expenses)
- Updates for the home
- Property damage
- Wrongful death
- And more
If the at-fault party committed acts of gross negligence, the court can award punitive damages. Unlike economic damages that are meant to compensate the victim, punitive damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer further. Regardless of whether punitive damages are applicable in your case, our catastrophic injury lawyers know what it takes to aggressively defend your rights as a victim and protect your financial future.
Ohio Caps for Catastrophic Injuries
In Ohio, the law puts a cap on the amount of non-economic damages allowed for personal injury cases. This means that for damages like pain and suffering and emotional trauma, the court can only award up to $250,000, or three times the amount of economic damages (up to $350,000). Punitive damages are capped at two times the amount of both economic and non-economic damages.
The cap is extended for catastrophic injuries. If the injuries are associated with permanent deformity, loss of use of a limb, or prevent the victim from caring for themselves, the cap for non-economic damages is $500,000.
Kentucky Caps for Catastrophic Injuries
Kentucky does not impose caps on compensation for catastrophic injuries. This means there is no limit to the amount of compensation you can pursue in a Kentucky catastrophic injury lawsuit. The personal injury attorneys at TLF are knowledgeable in both Kentucky and Ohio personal injury law and can help you achieve the maximum amount of compensation available in your case.
Statute of Limitations for Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit
Kentucky and Ohio both have a statute of limitations for personal injury claims. In both states, you have one year from the date of the incident to begin a catastrophic injury lawsuit. If you miss this deadline, you are barred from pursuing compensation for your injuries.
Catastrophic injuries often take years to heal, if they ever heal completely. Working with an experienced catastrophic injury attorney can mean that you have the space, time, and financial means you need to recover. At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, our attorneys can handle all of the legal aspects of your case and ensure your claim is filed properly and on time, all while working with you to get the maximum compensation possible.
Why You Need a Catastrophic Injury Attorney
Many catastrophic injury victims have a lengthy recovery ahead of them, which means that the time limit to file your claim can go by before you are fully recovered. A personal injury lawyer from TLF can make sure you have all the time you need to recover from your severe injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered catastrophic injuries due to someone else’s negligence, the attorneys at TLF can help you.
Cincinnati and Covington Catastrophic Injury Law Firm
Catastrophic injury victims and their family members almost always have their lives turned upside down and face a long uphill battle. That’s why, if you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury because of someone else’s negligence, you need the help of the dedicated attorneys at TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm. Our experienced legal team will examine the specific circumstances around your injury, create a strong case, negotiate with the at-fault party, and, if necessary, fight for the compensation you deserve at trial. With over 50 years of legal experience, you can trust our attorneys to have the knowledge and experience these complicated cases require.
Call us toll-free at (800) 698-4054 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today. You may also reach our Kentucky office by calling (859) 578-9130, our Ohio office at (513) 651-4130, or completing our online intake form.
You Pay No Fees Unless We Win!
We are happy to offer a free consultation to evaluate your case. If you hire us as your legal counsel, we will represent you on a contingency-fee basis. You will pay no attorneys’ fees unless we recover financial damages.