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 example, a traumatic brain injury victim might appear completely healthy, even though they have suffered an injury that severely impacts their cognitive ability and altered how their brain functions. 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.
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.
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
Why do I need the assistance of a lawyer?
The legal system can be difficult to navigate for those unfamiliar with its many nuances. If you have been wronged by someone else, your case deserves a detailed analysis by an experienced personal injury attorney who can evaluate its strengths/weaknesses and advise you on how best to proceed. It’s important to protect your rights and level the playing field, because you can bet that the other side will employ skilled defense attorneys.
How much is my case worth?
Unfortunately, there is no sure way to precisely predict the amount that you will recover. The value of each case revolves around its unique circumstances. Generally, an injured party is entitled to be compensated for all the economic and noneconomic costs incurred as a result of the other party’s actions.
Do I have to go to court?
The best answer to this common question is "maybe." While many personal injury cases are settled outside of a courtroom, it is important to approach each one with the mindset that a trial is inevitable. We feel that being prepared for this possibility increases the likelihood of success -- whether through settlement or trial.
What happens at a consultation?
Attorneys understand that the legal system is confusing and can cause anxiety or stress in people who have already been through a painful event. A consultation allows someone who has been harmed the chance to tell their story to a professional in a safe, confidential way. Lawyers know what questions to ask and what details to uncover in order to decide if there is a legal basis for pursuing the claim. The Stoddard Firm is pleased to offer free consultations.
How do I pay for a lawyer?
To make legal services accessible, the common practice for many personal injury firms is to handle cases on a contingency basis. That means you pay a percentage of the amount that the lawyer recovers for you, either through settlement or trial. If your claim is not successfully resolved, you don’t pay. The Stoddard Firm is pleased to offer contingent fee arrangements.