Each year, many people across the U.S. are involved in serious car accidents. Unfortunately, a large proportion of these victims unfortunately sustain what are referred to as catastrophic injuries. A catastrophic injury is defined as an extremely serious and sudden injury that greatly alters the lives of its victims. In other words, catastrophic injuries often have severe and sometimes long term consequences such as the inability to earn a living, mounting medical bills, painful rehabilitation, and permanent disability.
Many people who sustain catastrophic injuries often have many questions regarding their legal rights and responsibilities. As such, I have put together the following list of the most frequently asked questions ("FAQs") regarding personal injury cases involving catastrophic injuries:
1. What is a catastrophic injury?
Catastrophic injuries are much more severe than those typically sustained by car accident victims. Specifically, these injuries often involve paralysis, loss of limbs, nerve damage, disfiguring burns, traumatic brain injuries, and blindness. To learn more about your legal options, contact an experienced Kansas City attorney for more information.
2. What causes catastrophic injuries?
Nearly every type of accident can cause a catastrophic injury. For instance, car, truck and motorcycle accidents, fires, accidents involving farm equipment and machinery, and more.
3. What types of damages may I seek for my catastrophic injuries?
Depending upon the circumstances, an injured victim may seek compensatory damages for medical expenses, out of pocket costs, lost income, emotional trauma and pain and suffering. In some cases, a person may also seek punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.
4. What are punitive damages?
As opposed to compensatory damages which are intended to compensate a person for their monetary losses, punitive damages are specifically geared towards punishing a person for his or her wrongdoing. Specifically, punitive damages are only awarded to a personal injury victim when a wrongdoer's actions are egregious enough (i.e. intentional or reckless) to warrant these types of damages.
5. Do I need an attorney to represent me?
Although an attorney is not legally required, it is nonetheless highly recommended that you consult with one. Otherwise stated, an attorney has the knowledge and experience necessary to advise you of your legal options, protect your interests and fight for your rights. By representing yourself, you may end up sacrificing your fair share of damages to compensate you for your injuries.
For more information or if you sustained catastrophic injuries, contact my office today at 913-498-1911 for a free confidential consultation. For more than two decades, I have helped thousands of catastrophic injury victims fight for their rights and obtain the compensation they deserve. I look forward to providing you with superior legal representation.
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