It is terrible to sustain any type of injury in an accident as a result of an act of negligence. However, some injuries are more devastating than others. If you or your loved one has suffered catastrophic injuries through the negligence of another party, contact The Janda Law Firm in Las Vegas today. Our experienced catastrophic injury lawyer will give you the dedicated legal representation you need.
A catastrophic injury is a personal injury of catastrophic proportions, with long-term consequences for the victim. “Catastrophic” can be defined as causing or involving sudden, great damage or suffering. Catastrophic injuries lead to permanent pain, disfigurement, or disability, or deprive victims of one of their senses. These injuries are severe enough to leave the victim permanently damaged, with an impact on short and long-term functional capabilities.
Types of injuries that may be classified as catastrophic include:
There are many causes of catastrophic injuries. Some of the most common include:
Each case is unique, and damages in your claim will depend on your particular losses. Common damages in catastrophic injury claims include:
Under Nevada state law, all negligent parties may be held liable for damages relating to your injury. Even if you were partially at fault for the accident that caused your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Nevada is a comparative negligence state, which means you are entitled to partial compensation, provided another party or parties bear at least 51% of the fault.
A catastrophic injury is so severe that it impacts a person’s ability to get a job and live independently. Examples of these injuries include traumatic brain damage, spinal cord injuries, severe burns and scarring, amputations, and blindness.
If you suffered a catastrophic injury, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the person or entity responsible. For example, if you were injured in a car accident, you could file a claim against the at-fault driver. Liable parties may also include truck drivers, motorcyclists, government agencies, property owners, and product manufacturers.
Because catastrophic injuries are permanent, they can have a significant and long-term impact on your life. You may experience:
The value of a catastrophic injury claim depends on the damages that you suffered. Because of the expensive medical care and lost wages associated with these injuries, catastrophic injury settlements are often much higher than other injury claims. Speak to an attorney to determine the value of your case.
The statute of limitations is a law that establishes a time limit for filing certain types of legal claims. If you file your catastrophic injury lawsuit after this deadline passes, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case and prevent you from recovering financial compensation.
You have two years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury or product liability claim. If you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a loved one, you must file your lawsuit within two years from the date of death. If your catastrophic injury was caused by medical malpractice, you must file within three years from the date of the negligence, or one year from when you discovered or should have discovered it.
A catastrophic injury can be extremely traumatic. You will almost certainly require extensive medical care and may spend weeks or even months in recovery. The last thing on your mind is to pursue legal action, and you may be tempted to delay your claim while your injuries heal.
While you deserve to focus on your healing and treatment, it is important to keep the statute of limitations in mind. You should initiate your claim as soon as possible to avoid missing the filing deadline. In these situations, you should contact a Las Vegas catastrophic injury lawyer to represent your claim.
An attorney will handle all legal matters on your behalf, such as investigating your case, gathering evidence, and completing the required paperwork to file your lawsuit. With the support of your lawyer, you can focus on treatment instead of complex litigation.
Catastrophic injury claims are high-stakes cases and proving liability can be complicated. The responsible party’s insurer will have a team of defense lawyers to fight your claim. They are likely to offer a settlement that falls far short of the compensation you need to move forward. Our attorney has the knowledge and resources to protect your interests and fight effectively for the compensation you deserve.
If you or your family member has suffered catastrophic injuries caused by someone else’s negligence, you will need to pursue the maximum compensation available under the law to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning potential, and other damages. Contact The Janda Law Firm as soon as possible to schedule a consultation with our Las Vegas catastrophic injury lawyer. We handle all our cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us no fees until we recover compensation for you.