Personal injury claims, for the most part, are claims for compensation which people bring when they have suffered an injury because of another person’s wrongdoing. Generally the wrongdoing will be in the form of negligence.
The degree of injury that may be suffered varies enormously. For example, some claimants suffer very minor injuries, no more than bruising. While other claimants suffer very serious injuries such as quadriplegia, tetraplegia, paraplegia, the amputation of an arm, the amputation of a leg and significant brain injuries. These are just some examples of serious injuries which can result in “catastrophic injury claims“.
Why would you use a lawyer who specialises in catastrophic injury claims?
Most personal injury claims allow the claimant one chance, and one chance only, to obtain sufficient compensation from the insurer of the wrongdoer, to compensate the claimant for the rest of their life.
People who suffer catastrophic injuries will often have significant ongoing requirements for treatment and care, well beyond the treatment and care they receive during the period of their initial hospitalisation.
The cost of this treatment and care for catastrophic injury claimants is nearly always in the millions of dollars.
If the amount of compensation you agree to with the insurer, or are awarded by a judge, is less than what you require, then you either have to go without or rely upon what can be provided by the public purse. You only get one bite of the cherry, so you need to get it right.
What does a lawyer who specialises in catastrophic injury claims offer over other lawyers?
We tend to have a greater understanding of 3 key things:
the law relating to a catastrophic injury claims;
the needs of a catastrophically injured person; and
whom are the best experts to quantify a catastrophically injured person’s claim.
The treatment and care needs of the catastrophically injured are many and varied, requiring the expert opinion of, amongst others:
specialist surgeons (including neurosurgeons);
specialists in prosthetics;
specialists architects to advise on modifications to homes; and
specialist engineers to advise on modifications to motor vehicles.
Lawyers who specialise in catastrophic claims already have a network of specialists to call on, i.e. they are able to act as the middle-man, sourcing expert opinions from reliable sources.