Accidents That Cause Permanent Disability or Disfigurement
Reaves Law Firm is a passionate advocate for victims of wrongful injury. We are especially passionate about representing victims of catastrophic injury. In the realm of personal injury, catastrophic injuries are those that cause some type of permanent injury, disability, or lasting disfigurement. Many personal injury cases involve serious damage, but ones that result in lasting damage are typically categorized as catastrophic.
Common Types of Catastrophic Injury
From motor vehicle accidents to slip and falls, catastrophic injuries can result from a wide range of causes. Some of the most common types of permanent injury cases we handle include:
- Brain injuries – both traumatic and those caused by oxygen deprivation.
- Spine injuries – typically, an injury to the spinal column causes total or partial paralysis.
- Burn injuries – burns can be caused by dangerous chemicals, flame, or scalding liquid/vapor.
- Vision loss – loss of eyesight can occur because of airbag deployment, head trauma, exposure to harmful chemicals, and more.
- Amputation – some accidents are severe enough to result in the amputation of a limb, permanently altering an individual’s ability to operate normally at work and in the world.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury that resulted in lasting disability that affects the ability to earn a living, you may qualify for permanent disability through Social Security Disability (SSD). You may be awarded SSD benefits if you can demonstrate a “severe, ongoing physical or mental impairment that is not likely to improve within one year.”
Damages You Could Recover
Each case is unique when it comes to value. If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury, you may be able to recover financial compensation in the following categories:
- Loss of enjoyment of life – the injury has altered a person’s lifestyle to the point that the injured party can no longer enjoy or participate in the things they used to.
- Loss of earning capacity – the injury prevents the individual from working to earn a living for the foreseeable future.
- Loss of consortium – refers to the deprivation of family relationships due to the injuries caused by the Defendant.
- Pain and suffering – physical pain and/or emotional distress caused by the injury.
- Medical expenses – the actual cost of medical expenses, both present and future.
To learn more about what you could be entitled to, we invite you to contact a Memphis personal injury attorney at Reaves Law Firm today for a free initial legal consultation.