As evidenced by their name, catastrophic injuries are extremely serious and are considered as such because they can permanently alter the victim's life. Most victims suffer from partial or full disability and are unable to perform daily tasks. The most common catastrophic injuries include burn, brain, and spinal cord injuries which can occur under almost any circumstances.
There is no doubt that victims of these accidents deserve compensation. The only question is – how much? Compensation is one of the most asked-about subjects and with good reason. Victims need a way to pay medical bills, supplement lost income, and cover the cost of rehabilitative care. The seriousness of catastrophic injuries may warrant victims to receive a higher level of compensation, but it is helpful to first understand the factors which may affect this.
What forms of compensation are typically awarded?
Compensation is based on negligence. When one party is found 100 percent responsible for an accident due to their negligence, they are required to pay the victim compensation. If the victim is partially responsible, compensation will likely manifest itself as such.
Each catastrophic injury case is different, so while one victim may recover millions of dollars, another may only be awarded several thousands. That being said, there are several categories of compensation that are common across the board.
Many victims receive compensation for the following:
- Medical treatment
- Property loss
- Lost income
- Loss of enjoyment
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
An additional layer of damages in catastrophic injury cases is punitive damages. These can be awarded to the responsible party as a form of punishment. When the defendant has demonstrated an unusually high level of careless or negligent conduct, punitive damages are much more likely.
If you are suffering from the aftermath of a catastrophic injury, your pain should not go unnoticed. Our firm is passionate about helping victims fight for compensation and achieve justice in the face of such unimaginable suffering. Schedule a free consultation with our Providence catastrophic injury attorney today to take advantage of our legal representation.