Typically, a catastrophic injury means losing a vital part of yourself. Whether it is the ability to walk, work, or even perform an everyday function, like thinking. Catastrophic injuries are devastating, not only for the victims but for their families, as well. Maybe you slipped and cracked your head by a hotel pool, or a drunk driver crashed into you while you were on your way back from sightseeing at Red Rocks or the Hoover Dam. One minute you are living your life, and the next, you cannot even move without someone else’s assistance. It is a tragedy that nobody wants to go through, but all too many do. If this happened to you or someone you love, you should determine your eligibility to pursue compensation through a lawsuit with the help of an experienced Nevada catastrophic injury lawyer. A Nevada personal injury attorney will fight to maximize your ultimate compensation while providing you with the legal support that you need. The legal team at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, is ready to take on your fight.
Individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries will find their medical, assisted living, physical therapy, counseling, and other bills can easily reach seven figures.
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What Exactly Is a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is defined as a permanently disabling injury that prevents an individual from performing any gainful work. In other terms, it is an injury that is so severe that it leaves the victim permanently damaged. Generally, catastrophic injuries result from harm to the spinal cord or brain and require emergency medical treatment, as the injury is usually life-threatening. In addition, these injuries are often so significant that lifelong treatment is generally required for victims of such injuries to survive.
What Causes a Catastrophic Injury?
There are numerous causes of catastrophic injuries; however, they most often result from someone’s negligent actions. Some of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries include the following:
Car accidents: Impaired or distracted driving can lead to catastrophic injuries, especially when an accident involves high speeds or faulty brakes.
Medical malpractice accidents: No matter how much you trust your doctor, catastrophic injuries can result from improper medical care.
Workplace accidents: Certain types of worksites are known for frequently involving catastrophic injuries. In construction or manufacturing positions, for example, heavy equipment may lead to a worker getting crushed, or a piece of machinery may cause a person to lose a limb.
Defective products: Unfortunately, manufacturing defects, design errors, and even inadequate warning labels can cause life-threatening accidents that result in catastrophic injuries.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
It is not unexpected for catastrophic injuries to result in paralysis, impairment, or even a severe disability, resulting in life-long treatments that can cause devastating and crippling financial debt.
Some common examples of these catastrophic injuries include:
Determining that someone’s negligent actions were the cause of your catastrophic injury is not an easy task.
In truth, it requires substantial evidence and the ability to prove the following elements:
The defendant owed a duty of care to the victim.
The defendant breached this duty of care.
This breach caused the victim’s injuries, and
The injuries caused the victim to suffer significant damages.
Nevada’s Duty of Care
Typically, the duty of care in most situations is the legal obligation to avoid performing an action that may cause foreseeable harm to another individual. According to Nevada law, the duty of care means that an individual needs to exercise reasonable prudence to avoid hurting another person.
Some examples of Nevada’s duty of care include:
The duty to obey traffic laws to avoid causing a motor vehicle accident
The obligation not to distribute, sell, or manufacture a defective product
The responsibility to maintain premises in a safe condition
Catastrophic Injury Damages in Nevada
In Nevada, if you’ve suffered injuries due to another person’s actions, you may qualify to pursue three types of damages: (1) economic, (2) non-economic, and (3) punitive damages.
Economic damages: These are the damages that you receive to compensate you for the actual monetary losses that you have suffered due to the accident. Economic damages include medical expenses (past and future), personal property damages, rehabilitation costs, domestic service costs, loss of earning capacity, and lost wages (past and future).
Non-economic damages: These damages are less concrete than economic damages and are also harder to quantify. Non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, emotional distress, reputational damage, disfigurement, and humiliation.
Punitive damages: These damages, also referred to as exemplary damages, are generally awarded in addition to provable injuries. These damages only arise when the defendant’s conduct is so terrible that the court wants to not only punish the defendant but also set a public example, so that others do not commit the same action in the future.
The Value of Your Nevada Catastrophic Injury Claim
Even though you may qualify to collect the above damages, the nature and the severity of your injuries will significantly determine the value of your overall claim.
Some elements to consider include:
The medical treatment required
Future medical treatment required
The recovery time
The ability to work following the injury
The impact of the injury on the victim’s daily activities and career potential
The amount of help that the victim will need now and in the future
Call Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, if You Suffered Catastrophic Injuries in Nevada
As you can see, catastrophic injury cases are incredibly complicated and require significant evidence to establish fault. However, when you have an experienced and knowledgeable Nevada catastrophic injury attorney on your side, the battle may not seem like such a daunting task. In fact, these lawyers can provide you with the legal help that you need while taking care of all the legal work that has to get done. At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, we can provide you with that assistance from start to finish, while going after the results that you want.
Our services include:
Taking over negotiations, helping you to avoid snares that may decrease your ultimate compensation
Performing a thorough investigation of the accident scene and finding and collecting the critical evidence that you need to establish your claim
Providing you with the best options to maneuver your legal claim and answering any questions that you may have
Going after the damages that you deserve
Do not wait any longer; contact the law firm of Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, today at (702) 382-9797 for a free consultation. Oftentimes evidence needs to be preserved, and our team of skilled legal professionals understand how to ensure this is done expeditiously. We can review the details of your case, determine your eligibility to pursue compensation, and help navigate the claims process on your behalf.
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