Serious Injury FAQ
Serious and catastrophic injuries pose some of the most devastating consequences to both victims and their families. When car accidents or medical malpractice cause a serious injury, victims have the right to seek compensation from liable parties. At Shook & Stone, we have been providing our compassionate legal support and aggressive advocacy to the seriously injured residents of Reno and Carson City since 1997. Successfully securing more than $100 million in compensation for our clients, you can be confident that the information we provide is factual, insightful, and backed by 85 years of combined legal experience.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by another's negligence, it is of the utmost importance that you understand exactly what catastrophic injuries are and how you can pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. The following answers to frequently asked questions were compiled by our exceptional legal team as a means of providing you with the facts about your rights as a victim.
What is a serious injury?
A serious injury, also referred to as a catastrophic injury, can be any number of severe physical wounds or trauma that may require extensive medical procedures, long-term treatment, or specialized care. Most often, serious injuries are life-altering experiences that can place severe physical or mental limitations on a victim for months, years, or even life.
What are some examples of serious injuries?
Any injury can be considered serious if it results in life-changing repercussions for a victim. Some of the most common serious injuries include:
- Brain injuries and trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Paralysis, paraplegia, and quadriplegia
- Organ damage
- Severe burns
- Loss of limbs, eyesight, or hearing
How do I receive compensation?
Depending on the cause of you injuries, you can pursue legal action that will identify the person or business responsible for your serious injury and hold them liable for compensating you for the damages you suffered. This means you may either file a personal injury claim if you were injured in an accident caused by another or a medical malpractice claim if your serious injury is the result of a negligent health care provider.
You will receive compensation if and when it is determined that another party is at fault for causing your serious injury. For instance, a drunk driver who causes an auto accident or a medical professional who makes a negligent surgical error will be held liable. Cases are always unique, and a qualified attorney from our firm can assist you in determining the liability and fault involved in your accident.
How will compensation be awarded?
Once liability is determined, your monetary compensation will be awarded for the damages you sustained. These include:
Serious injuries almost always result in colossal medical expenses. Emergency medical attention, extensive surgical procedures, long-term treatment, specialized care, and physical or mental rehabilitation can lead to numerous and costly bills. Financial damages will cover these expenses. As most seriously injured victims are unable to work for long periods of time or for the rest of their lives, lost wages and probable future earnings can also be recovered.
Perhaps most importantly, emotional damages will be awarded to injured victims. Serious injuries are nothing short of life-changing, and many victims experience incredible pain and suffering and a marked decrease in their enjoyment or quality of life. Life-altering physical damages create numerous limitations, and many seriously injured victims, as well as their families, experience much emotional and psychological distress. Although these intangible damages are difficult to equate in dollar amounts, courts will carefully consider a number of factors when determining the amount of emotional damages to be awarded.
Depending on the situation, some cases will award punitive damages as a way of penalizing illegal acts and gross negligence. Drunk driving accidents, for example, commonly award punitive damages.
More Information for Seriously Injured Victims
Shook & Stone understands the severe consequences serious and catastrophic injuries create for victims and their families. These debilitating injuries can affect a victim's personal, financial, and emotional well-being in the most destructive ways. This is precisely why our firm goes above and beyond in our efforts to provide our genuine support and aggressive legal aid to ensure that justice is served and that seriously injured victims receive the best compensation possible. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident, on the job, or by a medical professional, contact Shook & Stone to learn more about the ways in which we can help.