While accidents happen every day, not every accident ends in injury. When an injury is severe, the victim’s life may be changed forever. If you find yourself in a situation where you’ve been seriously hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence in Pennsylvania, our Philadelphia catastrophic injury lawyers are prepared to represent you and get you the compensation you deserve.
Not all injuries are catastrophic. Typically, for an injury to be defined as catastrophic it has to occur without warning, seriously impact a person’s ability to work gainfully, and leave a person with a debilitating, life-long disability. At Schrager & Sachs, we’re dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help victims of these accidents. Claims and lawsuits involving serious injuries can be complicated. Let us handle the paperwork, so you can focus on getting your life back in order.
What Accidents Lead to Catastrophic Injuries?
While anyone could potentially sustain an injury in an accident situation, there are certain situations where catastrophic injuries are more common. Often times, these accidents are entirely preventable. Let’s take a look at the most common accidents that can have debilitating results.
Animal Attacks. While we like to think most family pets are kind, gentle animals, there are unfortunate events where individuals are injured. When a dog attacks a person, the consequences can be severe. Infections can quickly set in if the wound isn’t cared for properly. Serious dog bites may require surgery and could result in permanent scarring, disfigurement, or amputations.
Construction Accidents. There are certain jobs that are more dangerous than others. The construction industry happens to fit into that category. Construction accidents are fairly common and can lead to devastating injuries or death. These accidents often happen when safety protocols are disregarded, hazards are unaddressed, or policies are unclear.
Defective Products. Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers have a responsibility to their consumers to provide safe and effective products. In the event of a defective product, the user could be seriously injured. Some of the most severe injuries occur when vehicle parts are defective or improperly installed.
Medical Malpractice. Healthcare professionals have a responsibility to care for their patients. In the event they breach that duty, the patient may suffer significantly. If your doctor has committed acts of medical malpractice, they should be held accountable for their actions.
Motor Vehicle Accidents. Car wrecks, motorcycle collisions, and truck accidents can be devastating for all parties involved. Most vehicle accidents can be traced back to speeding, distracted driving, and excessive alcohol consumption.
Slip and Fall Accidents. Property owners have a responsibility to those who step foot on their property legally. If you’ve been injured by a preventable hazard on someone’s property, you may have the grounds for a premises liability case.
What Are the Most Common Catastrophic Injuries?
As you may imagine, the injuries associated with catastrophic accidents are often life-altering. Depending on the injury, the recovery process can take weeks, months, or even years. Some victims never fully recover and are forced to change their way of life to adapt to their disability. The injuries below are the most common devastating injuries a person is likely to sustain based on the accidents we discussed above.
- Amputations. Limb loss is common in serious car and workplace accidents.
- Burn Injuries. Depending on the accident, a person may be in direct contact with fire, electricity, or toxic chemicals. Burns, especially third- and fourth-degree burns, can be incredibly difficult to recover from. Often times, multiple surgeries and skin grafts are necessary. Burns are also some of the most painful injuries a person can experience.
- Head and Brain Injuries. Traumatic brain injuries range in severity; however, the more severe, the less likely a person is to recover. In the worst cases, a brain injury can lead to total brain death. Recovery from a less severe brain injury can take a significant amount of time.
- Loss of Hearing or Sight. In the event of an explosion or contact with toxic chemicals, a person may sustain an injury that leads to the loss of their hearing or vision abilities. This is likely to completely change their way of life.
- Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement. Depending on the accident, permanent scarring or disfigurement can occur. This can lead to emotional and psychological trauma that can severely impact a person’s wellbeing.
- Spinal Cord Injuries. While some spinal cord injuries can be fixed with surgery or physical therapy, others can lead to life-long paralysis.
What Are Your Legal Rights and Options After Sustaining a Catastrophic Injury?
Depending on how your injury occurred, Pennsylvania has a few state laws that could come into play at some point during your case. This is especially true in the event of a car accident, dog bite, or premises liability case. Our lawyers can determine which laws may affect you and how.
One of the most relevant laws to most personal injury cases is the lack of caps on injury damages. In Pennsylvania, the only limitation on how much compensation a person can receive is the state’s cap on punitive damages. As the victim, this law may benefit you.
It’s also important to keep in mind you only have a specific amount of time to file a lawsuit after suffering harm resulting from someone else’s negligence. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is two years. This can differ on a case by case basis, which is why it’s important to hire the right lawyer, so you can ensure you will walk away with the compensation you deserve.
How Can a Catastrophic Injury Attorney in Philadelphia Help?
You may feel hopeless after sustaining a catastrophic injury. We’re here to help. If you’ve been injured at the fault of someone else and are ready to hold them accountable for their actions, our Philadelphia catastrophic injury lawyers can guide you through the legal process to the compensation you deserve.