Catastrophic Injuries Attorneys in Richmond & Tappahannock, Virginia

Most accidents only result in minor or easily treatable injuries. Unfortunately, there are accidents that cause what are considered “catastrophic” injuries. These are injuries that are far more severe in terms of physical and psychological damage, and which often lead to some form of permanent impairment and disability.

When a catastrophic injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, the victim has the legal right to seek compensation. A skilled Richmond catastrophic injuries lawyer can provide you with zealous and effective representation in this area. Attorney Ryan Wind and his team at Wind Law, LLC, understand the long-term devastation of a catastrophic injury on a victim and their family. And they will make every effort to ensure the responsible parties are held accountable for what they have done.

What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries can occur in a variety of ways, such as a car accident, workplace accident, slip and fall, dog bite or animal attack, or a defective product. And while there is not necessarily a strict legal definition of “catastrophic injury,” it is generally used to describe injuries that meet the following criteria:

  • The injury impairs one or more bodily functions or causes disfigurement.
  • The injury is considered permanent or lasts an extended period of time.
  • The injury has potentially life-threatening complications.
  • The injury requires one or more surgeries and extended hospitalization.
  • The victim requires an extended period of rehabilitation, including a stay in an assisted living facility.
  • The victim is unable to resume their pre-injury work or lifestyle.

Some of the more common catastrophic injuries that meet some or all of these criteria include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, hip fractures, organ damage, amputation of limbs, loss of hearing or vision, and third-degree burns. A catastrophic injury can also include psychological damage such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Through a personal injury claim, the victim of a catastrophic injury can seek compensation for their current and long-term care needs. A negligent party can be held liable for all of a victim’s economic damages. This includes paying for all of their medical bills–past, present, and future–arising from their catastrophic injuries. It also includes compensation for the victim’s loss of income and their long-term inability to return to work in the same field or occupation. Victims are also entitled to non-economic damages as compensation for their ongoing pain and suffering, as well as their loss of enjoyment of life.

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Even when a negligent defendant acknowledges responsibility for a catastrophic injury, their insurance company may still balk at paying for the long-term damage arising from such injuries. It is common practice for defendants and insurance companies to try and argue the injuries are not as bad as claimed or that the victim will eventually recover. But the truth is that many catastrophic injuries never fully heal–and the victims are never able to return to their prior quality of life.

So if you, or someone that you care about, has suffered a catastrophic injury caused by third-party negligence, it is important to seek professional legal advice. If you need to speak with a Richmond catastrophic injuries lawyer, contact Wind Law, LLC, today to schedule a consultation.