If you or someone you love or know has suffered a serious injury, such as a burn injury, back injury, organ damage or paralysis, it is best to consult with an Orange County workers' compensation lawyer who can guide you or your loved one through the difficult process of obtaining the right you are entitled to. These injuries are not only life-changing, they also affect the lives of the victim’s families.
What is Considered a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is a type of serious injury that often leads to permanent or long-term disability or disfigurement. There is no formal legal definition for catastrophic injuries, but if a person requires multiple, extensive surgeries, is unable to return to work, or has difficulty in their daily normal life, he or she most likely is suffering from a catastrophic injury. Victims of catastrophic injuries may be able to receive permanent disability benefits, but it is always a good idea to speak with an attorney to find out more.
One of the main factors in determining whether someone has a catastrophic injury is by looking at the impact on a person's life and livelihood. Injuries or disabilities that prevent a person from earning a living wage either in their previous line of work or a new line of work is likely seen as catastrophic.
Types of injuries that might be considered catastrophic:
Even though the law is designed to protect those who have been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence, insurance companies don’t always do what’s in the best interest of the victim. The financial needs for families dealing with serious and life-changing injuries are significant and can include diminished physical capacities, hospital costs, long term medical care, and lost wages.
Similar personal injury cases, a person who is injured at work is entitled to recover damages for all losses stemming from accident. Catastrophic injury cases are incredibly complex because of the extensive costs and the investigation needed to properly prove the damages. This is why it is important to hire a seasoned lawyer who is well-versed in such injury claims.
If you or someone you love has experienced a catastrophic injury on the job, call us anytime 24/7 at (844) 612-5800 for a FREE, no obligation consultation. Our Orange County workers' compensation attorneys can answer your questions and help you determine the best course of action for you.
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