The Law Offices Of Adam E. Parker
Dothan Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
Catastrophic Injury Claims in Alabama
Legally speaking, an injury is catastrophic whenever it takes away your ability to work. While the laws surrounding catastrophic injury vary slightly by state, the federal definition of a catastrophic injury is as follows:
“an injury, the direct and proximate consequences of which permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.”
If an injury prevents you from returning to the career you had before your accident and was caused by the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation via a catastrophic injury lawsuit.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Several serious injuries can lead to catastrophic injury claims. The most common catastrophic injuries we see at our firm include:
- Spinal cord injuries, which can lead to paralysis and other permanent disabilities
- Back and neck injuries that cause chronic pain and other complications
- Traumatic brain injuries and the permanent impairments they cause
- Burn injuries when they are severe and/or cover large parts of the body
- Scarring and disfigurement, especially of the face or genitals
- Amputations and limb loss injuries
- Eye injuries that cause blindness
- Chemical exposure, which can cause cancer and other serious illnesses
- Fractures, particularly multiple bone fractures and hip fractures in people over 65
- Orthopedic injuries that prevent you from walking
If you or someone you love has suffered any of the injuries above, contact our Dothan catastrophic injury lawyers today.
Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
Any kind of accident can result in a catastrophic injury, but most spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries are the consequences of falls and car accidents.
Other common causes of catastrophic injuries include:
- Commercial truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Dog attacks
- Defective products
- Intentional torts (i.e. battery, assault)
- And more
When you or your loved one is harmed by this type of accident, our firm can help you understand your legal rights and pursue maximum compensation.
We have received real results for our previous clients, and we are dedicated to helping you recover, as well.
Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
Just as each accident brings with it unique challenges as you adjust to life with your injury, each claim has its own complexities and the statute of limitations can vary depending upon the nature of your injury. Victims of catastrophic injuries may benefit from consulting a skilled personal injury attorney who can advise victims of their opportunities for financial recovery and what important steps should be taken. In the days following your accident there may be documents or evidence that can be helpful in your case.
Types of Damages You Can Recover
Sustaining a catastrophic injury changes your life in many ways and presents several different challenges. Not only do you lose your ability to work, but you may also have endless medical expenses and need around-the-clock care and assistance. A successful catastrophic injury lawsuit can help you and your family cope with these changes and challenges.
You could recover damages for:
- Your medical bills
- Missed work
- Future earnings
- Rehabilitative care
- Retaining caretaker(s)
- Assistive devices
- Experimental treatments
- Pain and suffering
- Changes to your quality of life
- And more
Although results matter, your personal goals matter to us more. That’s why we take time to get to know you and build your case based on what you want out of the legal process.
Statute of Limitations in Personal Injury Cases
In most lawsuits, there is a statute of limitations determined by the state in which the lawsuit is filed. This statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Alabama is two years, meaning you have two years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. It’s important that you file your lawsuit sooner rather than later so as not to lose important information and evidence that could be helpful during your case. When you contact our lawyers, we begin our investigation of the circumstances of the accident and the sooner you contact us, the sooner we can go to work securing helpful evidence for your case.