Clearwater Truck Accidents Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries
Motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks injure thousands of people each year. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that there were some 95,000 people injured in accidents involving large trucks in 2013 alone. In many instances, these accidents cause extremely serious injuries that many would describe as “catastrophic,” often entitling victims to significant financial compensation. As a result, anyone hurt in an accident involving a large truck or commercial vehicle should retain qualified legal counsel as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our truck accident lawyers, call our office today at 727-451-6900.
What are catastrophic injuries?
While there is no one officially legally accepted definition of “catastrophic injuries,” the term generally refers to injuries to the brain, spine, or head that leave victims with long-term or permanent issues that affect their daily lives. Common examples of injuries that are often considered catastrophic include traumatic brain injuries,1 spinal cord injuries, severe burns, and amputations. One of the main factors in deeming an injury catastrophic is whether the victim will be able to return to his or her daily life as it was prior to the injury. In cases where this is not possible, it is much more likely for an accident to be considered catastrophic. Some of the kinds of complications that are common to catastrophic injuries include the following:
- Long-term cognitive difficulties
- Loss of mobility
- Inability to return to work
- Neurological issues
- Loss of a limb
- Inability to live independently
- The need for long-term medical care
- Substantial scarring
Cases involving catastrophic injuries often entitle victims to significantly more compensation than those involving less serious injury
One of the main reasons that it is important to identify injuries as catastrophic is that these kinds of cases often entitle victims to significant compensation. One of the fundamental principles of personal injury2 law is that the compensation a victim receives is intended to make them “whole.” Of course, no amount of money can turn back the clock, but it can certainly help compensate an injured victim for any financial losses that he or she experiences, such as loss of income or current and future medical expenses.
Importantly, personal injury settlements or awards also consider the emotional and physical impact that an injury will have on a victim, often referred to as non-economic losses. These kinds of losses can include physical and emotional pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, as well as others. In cases involving catastrophic injuries, the awards for these kinds of losses are often much higher, as the effects of the injury can often be experienced for the rest of the victim’s life. In many cases, the recovery a victim receives after a catastrophic injury can reach well into the millions of dollars, so it is extremely important for anyone who has sustained a serious injury in a truck accident to retain an attorney immediately.
Contact a Clearwater truck accident law firm to retain legal counsel today
When a truck accident leaves a victim with catastrophic injuries, there is a very real chance that his or her life will never be the same. In many cases, people with catastrophic injuries incur medical bills well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars and require ongoing medical care for the rest of their lives. In addition, these kinds of injuries can prevent victims from engaging in activities that they once enjoyed and may even prevent a person from being able to earn a living. As a result of these and other economic and non-economic losses that victims of catastrophic accidents can sustain, they are often entitled to significant compensation.
The Clearwater truck accident lawyers of the Dolman Law Group have been zealously advocating for the rights of people injured in serious truck accidents since 2009. We are committed to holding negligent parties responsible for their actions and work tirelessly to secure the largest settlement or award possible for each client we represent. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756