Accidents are common in a busy city like Philadelphia. That means, unfortunately, many people face the devastating effects of a catastrophic injury and all of the consequences that follow from such an injury.
If you or someone you love has suffered a severe injury because of the careless behavior of someone else, you need an experienced catastrophic injury attorney to secure compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other financial losses.
The award-winning team at Rosen Justice Injury Lawyers will relentlessly fight for your right to compensation and justice. We understand how difficult it can be to walk through the legal process and simultaneously focus on healing. We are here to help.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
No injury is desirable. However, a catastrophic injury is so severe that it permanently affects a significant aspect of an individual’s life. It may permanently alter a person’s:
- Bodily functions,
- Appearance, or
- Overall health.
A catastrophic injury may prevent you from enjoying everyday life. It can also impair your ability to do your job or work.
Most catastrophic injuries fall into three different categories. These include:
- Serious head, neck, or back injuries—these include traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, spinal cord injuries, and paralysis;
- External injuries—disfigurement from burns, amputations, and road rash fall into this category; and
- Internal injuries— broken bones, nerve damage, internal bleeding, hearing loss, and vision loss are examples of internal injuries.
If your injury does not fit into one of these categories, that does not mean it is not severe or catastrophic.
A catastrophic injury attorney will be able to help you determine whether you have a catastrophic injury and how much compensation you may be entitled to for what you have endured.
Catastrophic Cases We Handle
In 2021, the National Safety Council reported that the United States experienced 62 million injuries, costing over $1,225.4 billion.
This means that there are numerous types of injury cases, including various types of catastrophic injury cases.
Some catastrophic injury cases we handle include the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents,
- Slip-and-fall accidents,
- Medical malpractice,
- Poison or overdose claims,
- Premise liability cases,
- Dog bite cases, and
- Intentional acts of violence.
At Rosen Justice Injury Lawyers, we handle all these types of cases and more.
Sometimes, an injured victim must go through an insurance system for compensation.
For example, in car accident cases, most injuries are covered by Pennsylvania’s no-fault insurance scheme unless the injury is significant. If the injury is severe, you can only then file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
In most other personal injury cases, however, you’ll likely be able to file a lawsuit against the responsible party regardless of the severity of your injury.
A catastrophic injury lawyer from our office can explain whether you can pursue legal action or whether you need to file a claim with an insurance company.
Compensation for Catastrophic Injuries
You should not have to pay for life-changing injuries someone else caused. YOu are legally entitled to seek compensation from the party who caused your injuries.
Filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit are both methods for obtaining compensation.
Two different types of compensation or damages may be available to you: economic and non-economic damages.
A severe injury attorney can help you calculate your damages accurately before negotiating with insurance companies and at-fault parties.
All actual expenses incurred because of the injury are considered economic damages. Examples of economic damages include the costs of:
- Emergency medical care,
- Physical therapy,
- Prescription medication
- Medical equipment,
- In-home care,
- Lost wages, and
- Future lost income.
It is important to document all expenses you have paid related to your injury. Your catastrophic injury attorney may seek testimony from your medical provider to receive an official prognosis that can be used to determine estimated future expenses.
Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages are harder to put a price tag on. They relate to the physical, mental, and emotional harm caused by your accident and injury.
This includes long and short-term hardships like:
- Pain and suffering,
- Emotional distress,
- Post-traumatic stress,
- Depression, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
If you have catastrophic injuries, there is no doubt that your life will be impacted in these less tangible ways. You should be compensated for the way your injury has impacted your life.
Pennsylvania Statute of Limitations
You have two years from the accident date to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. Like many other states, Pennsylvania has an exception if the victim didn’t discover their injury until later.
Under this rule, the two-year time period starts on the date the victim discovered or should have discovered that their injury was caused by someone else.
Other exceptions to the two-year time limit apply specifically to children.
Claims against a city, county, or state government have a much shorter filing deadline. They generally must be filed within six months of the date of injury.
Failure to file in the appropriate time frame will mean you are barred from legal recovery.
The sooner you file, the better for your case. Over time, it can become difficult to obtain evidence or track down witnesses, and you want to have the best chance to obtain all the information you need to present a successful case. A Philadelphia severe injury lawyer can ensure you file your case promptly.
What to Expect from Our Experienced Catastrophic Injury Law Firm
You have already been through enough stress and anguish. Trying to navigate the Pennsylvania legal system alone will only exacerbate your stress.
Our attorneys at Rosen Justice Injury Lawyers can guide you through this process so you can focus on healing. We are committed to helping our clients achieve the best possible results.
We have settled millions of dollars in cases and helped victims recover after serious injuries.
Many victims hesitate to pursue legal action because they are concerned that the process is too complicated or expensive.
At Rosen Justice Injury Lawyers, we make it simple. We will take the following steps if you become one of our clients:
- We talk with you and discuss the details of your case;
- We monitor your care and healing;
- We negotiate for a fair cash settlement on your behalf; and
- We go to trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached.
It is important to know that our services have no upfront costs. We work on contingency, which means we do not get paid unless you do. Contact us today to schedule your free case consultation.