In the legal community, the term “catastrophic injury” is often used to refer to serious injuries to that will result in some sort of functional disability. Injuries that could be considered catastrophic include traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, accidental amputations, and spinal fractures. In many cases, victims of catastrophic injuries are unable to work or to care for themselves, making obtaining compensation for their injuries essential to ensure that their basic needs are met. A variety of accidents have the potential to result in catastrophic injuries, including the following;
|· Car accidents
· Truck accidents
· Motorcycle accidents
· Slip and falls
· Consumer product accidents
|· Pool injuries
· Bicycle accidents
· Pedestrian accidents
· Workplace accidents
· Construction site accidents
Whether or not you will be able to recover compensation for your catastrophic injury depends on whether your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence. In the context of personal injury law, negligence happens when a person fails to conduct himself or herself with the degree of care that would ordinarily be exercised by a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances. For example, it would likely be deemed negligent to drive at night without headlights or to leave a liquid spill on the entryway to your store. Importantly, negligence can be hard for victims to spot, so it is important to have every accident case reviewed by an experienced Albuquerque personal injury lawyer.
The Value of a Case Depends on a Number of Factors
The recovery that catastrophic injury victims can obtain can often be well into the millions of dollars. This is due to the fact that many people who sustain these types of injuries are unable to work and will require medical care for the rest of their lives. The exact value of a particular claim depends on a variety of factors, including the following:
- The age of the victim
- The earning potential of the victim
- Whether the victim was partially at fault for the accident
- The amount of pain and suffering experienced by the victim
- The severity of the disability or impairment
When you meet with an attorney to discuss your case, he or she may be able to give you a general idea of what your claim may be worth. It is important to keep in mind that personal injury attorneys almost invariably take their cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you will not owe anything for legal representation unless your lawyer successfully recovers on your behalf. Additionally, any legal fees that are paid to your attorney will come out of the settlement or award you receive, so you will never have to dip into money you already have to pay for legal representation.
Call an Albuquerque Personal Injury Lawyer Today to Retain Legal Representation
If you or a family member has suffered a life-changing injury because of someone else’s carelessness, you should call a lawyer immediately. To schedule a free consultation with Albuquerque personal injury attorney Salim Khayoumi, call our office today at 505-333-8613.