North Georgia Catastrophic Injury Attorney
By Your Side Through Catastrophic Injury Claims in Georgia
Many injuries feel catastrophic, but only some are defined as such by law. According to §10284 of 34 U.S. Code, “’catastrophic injury’ means an injury, the direct and proximate consequences of which permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.” More simply, under federal law, catastrophic injuries are those that take away your ability to work. Some states expand this definition, especially when it comes to workers’ compensation claims.
Whether you were injured at work, in a car crash, or in any other type of accident, Pritchard Injury Firm can help. We understand the impact catastrophic injuries can have on your life and livelihood, and our goal is to help you secure your future.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
The most common catastrophic injuries we see at our firm are spinal cord injuries (SCI) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Typically, catastrophic injuries result in permanent scarring or disability. Any accident that takes away your ability to see, for example, results in blindness, so eye injuries are frequently considered catastrophic.
Using this as a guide, know that we can help you with any catastrophic injury claim. Still, the main cases we handle are:
Spinal Cord Injuries
SCI often result in paralysis and other lifelong disabilities. To adjust to their newfound limitations, SCI victims tend to need assistive care and devices, which do not come for free. With the right treatment and resources, however, many people go on to live full and happy lives after their SCI.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
From concussions to more serious head injuries, TBI can be difficult to recover from. After a TBI, the victim may never be the same. Many of our clients have needed physical therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral therapy, and speech therapy to cope with their disabilities and the changes to their lives. Along with missed wages, medical care and therapy can add up, which is why you need the resources a catastrophic injury lawsuit could bring.
Scarring is one of the biggest concerns with burn injuries, and it can happen on both the outside and the inside. Burn injuries can be deeply traumatic and many victims need intensive medical treatment, including skin graft surgeries and amputations. With the right care and therapy, people can recover from burn injuries, but the scars can be a constant reminder of the trauma and pain, so your award should always account for the non-economic costs of your injury.
What Causes Catastrophic Injuries?
- Commercial trucking accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle crashes
- Pedestrian accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Acts of violence (intentional torts)
- Unsafe premises
- Animal attacks
Call Pritchard Injury Firm Today
You are going through a difficult time, and we understand. We also want to help you. Attorney Zach Pritchard will put himself in your shoes, so he can feel the impact of your injury and/or loss and help you pursue the best possible outcome in your case.
For experienced, empathetic, and supportive legal help, look no further than Pritchard Injury Firm. Our legal team has strong values, and we are invested as you as a person – not just a case.
Types of Damages You Can Recover
Moving forward after a catastrophic injury is not easy. Hospital bills and other expenses stack up quickly and your injury prevents you from going to work. With all these economic hardships, you might feel underwater. Pritchard Injury Firm can help you find your way back to land.
A successful settlement or verdict in a catastrophic injury case can help you account for:
- Medical bills (present and future)
- Physical and mental health therapy
- Rehabilitative care
- Assistive care and devices
- Experimental treatments
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Fighting for the resources you need is as important to our legal team as it is to you. As our client, you and your future are always our priority.
What Happens if Someone Dies After Filing a Catastrophic Injury Claim?
As much as it pains us to admit, victims of catastrophic injuries do not always survive. If you lose your loved one to a catastrophic injury, their claim will become a wrongful death action. Sometimes, you may also be able to file a “survival action,” to account for what your loved one would have won in a lawsuit had they survived. While your loved one’s case does not become yours automatically, neither the deceased nor their family lose their right to justice.
Depending on your situation, you may be able to take over your loved one’s lawsuit – or you may need to file a new lawsuit.
We can help you determine the most appropriate course of action via Georgia’s wrongful death statutes.