Catastrophic Injury Claims in Louisiana
Catastrophic injuries are those that are life-altering and commonly leave the individual permanently disabled. These are the type of injuries that affect a person’s quality of life. They also deeply impact the surrounding family who may face many sacrifices in dealing with such a situation. Medical care expenses for catastrophic injuries can spiral into staggering amounts. There is also the cost of home and vehicle renovations, medical equipment, and lifelong personal assistance just to complete daily tasks that the rest of us take for granted.
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury in a fault-based accident, it is imperative that you seek knowledgeable legal help. Obtaining the fair and full compensation to which you are entitled can involve a battle with an insurance company that requires aggressive action and negotiation. These companies generally employ an army of legal staff whose sole aim is to reduce the payout of claims’ settlements to protect profitability. At Anderson Traylor Edwards, our Hammond catastrophic injury attorneys are well-versed in personal injury law and all facets of investigating, documenting, analyzing, and settling effective claims for our clients.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
The term “catastrophic injury” stems from the definition of this term by the American Medical Association which involves a severe injury to the brain, spine, or spinal cord. The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research also defines catastrophic injuries as having three possible outcomes which include death, permanent physical functional disability, or severe trauma to the head or neck. The state of Louisiana does not have a legal definition for catastrophic injury which means any injury that leads to permanent life-changing damage could fall under this umbrella term.
Catastrophically injured? Reach out to us 24/7 at (985) 244-3070 for experienced and compassionate legal help. We will come to you at your home or hospital to give you the service you need.
Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord damage which can lead to paralysis below the affected site
- Severe burns
- Permanent disfigurement
- Back and neck injuries
These types of injuries are commonly caused by car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, slips and falls, industrial accidents, defective product incidents, medical malpractice, and criminal attacks. Such injuries can impact every aspect of the injured person’s life, making employment and independence difficult or impossible. Making any kind of recovery from a catastrophic injury can be a long, involved process that could take months or years. Ongoing medical care needed could include multiple surgeries, rehabilitative care, occupational therapy, physical therapy, PTSD counseling, and more. In such cases, the financial resources available through a personal injury claim become extremely crucial to the injured person as well as his or her family.
What Happens in a Lawsuit if Your Loved One Dies after Filing a Catastrophic Injury Claim?
In a personal injury claim for catastrophic injuries, the injured individual may be seeking expenses for past and future medical care, equipment, and therapies as well as for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of earnings or earning capacity, property damage, emotional distress, and more. Should your loved one pass away from such catastrophic injuries before a claim has been settled, you have the option of filing a wrongful death claim. This claim will seek the damages your loved one can no longer claim along with other damages suffered by you and the surviving family members.
Louisiana law specifically states what surviving family members can file such a claim and the types of economic and non-economic damages that may be sought in a wrongful death.
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$11,900,000 Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
Multiple victims of mild traumatic brain injury in an intersectional crash.
$3,625,000 Serious Injuries
Mother and daughter headed home from school rear-ended by a concrete truck.
$3,350,000 Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Mild traumatic brain Injury settled in court.
$1,000,000 Catastrophic Injury
Doe v. Doe, 05/09
$900,000 Back & Head Injuries
Elderly man hit from behind by dump truck on the interstate.
$750,000 Back & Neck Injury
Elderly man hit by a commercial truck in a private parking lot.
$750,000 Catastrophic Injury
The elderly got hit by an eighteen-wheeler.