Georgia Catastrophic Injury/Serious Personal Injury Attorney
Not all injuries are created equally. While some accidents lead only to minor pain, others lead to serious and/or debilitating injuries. “Catastrophic injury” is a term used to describe the most serious injuries a person can suffer. These injuries are the most painful, costly and inhibiting of all injury types.
In some cases, catastrophic injuries are not as easily detected as more obvious, external injuries.
For this reason, along with many more, demonstrating the true impact of a catastrophic injury is not always an easy task.
How Attorneys Approach Catastrophic Injury Cases
It is exceptionally difficult to explain the impact of a complicated catastrophic injury to a jury. Your lawyer must spend time listening to you about the impact of the injury. Your lawyer must seek out and interview your friends and family to get their perspective on the injury. Your lawyer must meet with your doctors before they testify and make sure those doctors are able to explain the injury without using cumbersome hard-to-understand medical jargon. And, your lawyer must create large blown-up medical illustrations that walk the jury through your surgeries and other medical procedures.
The Stoddard Firm represents clients suffering from life-altering catastrophic injuries such as:
- Broken bones requiring rods, plates, screws, and pins
- Herniated discs requiring a spinal fusion surgery
- Spinal cord injuries causing full or partial paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) causing an altered mental state
- Third degree burns requiring prolonged hospitalizations
- Loss of limb and/or amputations
- Other serious injuries requiring extensive in-patient hospitalization
- Wrongful Death due to another person or party’s negligence
How Catastrophic Injuries Happen
Severe injuries can occur in any setting – at home, in a shopping mall, at vacation destinations – though they are especially common in vehicle crashes and workplace accidents. For example, vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury in the United States. Workplace accidents are also a leading cause of head and back injuries.
Types of catastrophic injuries are as varied as the causes and settings in which they happen. A burn injury, for example, is not only painful and costly, but might also lead to disfigurement, which can have a deep psychological impact that furthers a victim’s suffering in incalculable ways. The loss of a limb also presents its own set of unique challenges for an injury victim, including a substantial reductions in lifetime earning potential.
No two catastrophic injuries are the same, but many have one thing in common: they could have been prevented. These injuries are often caused because someone made an error or was careless. It could be the fault of a distracted driver who strikes a pedestrian and causes a spinal cord injury, or an employer who fails to provide a safe work environment for the employee and, thus, leaves that worker vulnerable to injury.
When a catastrophic injury is caused by someone else’s negligence, the injury victim has the right to file a claim to recover the costs of the damage they’ve suffered. Catastrophic injuries can impair a person’s ability to earn an income or perform routine tasks. In these cases, fighting for financial compensation is essential to cope with the incredible fallout of an injury, and it must be handled by an attorney who knows what it takes to get results.
Not All Firms are Equipped to Handle These Cases
When you or a loved one is seriously injured, you have only one shot at justice. The truth is that many law firms either are not properly staffed or are not willing to spend the time and effort necessary to tell your story. The Stoddard Firm is different. We maintain an extraordinarily low case load so we can dedicate extensive time and substantial financial resources to obtain the full compensation our clients deserve.
We understand that a catastrophic injury is not just another personal injury case. These cases require dedication, hard work, and the willingness to take a claim all the way in a court of law. We are proud to offer our clients the firm’s full efforts and resources to make sure they get justice.
Reaching out to us is free. Please give us a call or contact us online so we can answer your questions and discuss what is necessary to achieve a favorable result. It never hurts to have more information.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. Many wrongful death and personal injury cases are settled before they go to court. However, it is our experience that the most successful cases are built as if they are going to court. Our firm prepares every case to go all the way to trial, even if it is ultimately resolved before the trial starts.
Why is an attorney important in a personal injury case?
Personal injury law can be complex, and filing a successful claim can require a great deal of time, effort and experience. A lawsuit often involves several other parties, including defendants, insurance companies and other attorneys. There are also many procedural rules that must be followed. Having experienced, skilled legal representation maximizes your chances of success.
How do I pick the right attorney?
You’ll want to look for several qualities when choosing who will represent you. Your attorney should meet with you instead of sending an investigator, and he/she should be available throughout the process instead of having you consistently talk to a legal assistant. Your attorney should have a low number of cases so he/she can devote significant time to you and your case. Your attorney should have experience handling cases with facts similar to yours, and your attorney should have a proven track record with similar claims. Your attorney should also be able to devote significant money to your case so that he/she can hire experts, travel the country finding witnesses, and depose whomever is necessary to achieve justice. It’s also important to make sure your attorney is the right fit on a personal level, which is why you should take advantage of a free consultation.
How much time do I have to file a lawsuit?
There is a time limit on how long a person has after an injury to begin a lawsuit. This window is called a statute of limitations. For most personal injury cases in Georgia, the statute of limitations is two years from the time the injury was suffered. However, there are exceptions and subtleties that might change the amount of time you are afforded. Sometimes the period can be as short as 6 months, and other times it can be much longer than two years. Determining the statute of limitations requires a detailed analysis of the facts of your case.
What do I need to bring with me to the consultation?
For your free consultation, bring all relevant documents that you’ve collected regarding your case. If there are police reports, bills or correspondence from insurance companies, you’ll want to bring those items to the consultation so an attorney can learn as much about your case as possible.