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Indianapolis Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

If someone else’s negligence injured you in an accident, you know how physically, emotionally, and financially difficult that can be. If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury, the consequences are that much more devastating.

No prevailing definition exists for the term catastrophic injury, but an overarching definition helps determine whether an injury qualifies as catastrophic. This classification will also guide the trajectory of your personal injury claim.

Catastrophic Injuries Defined

Legal claims typically define catastrophic injuries as those that preclude the injured party from remaining gainfully employed. As such, you’ve sustained a catastrophic injury if it prevents you from working and thus renders you unable to provide for your own or your family’s welfare. An injury that leaves you unable to work is an obvious financial catastrophe, but it can also leave overwhelmingly negative physical and emotional consequences.

If you suffered a catastrophic injury that someone else’s negligence caused, retain experienced legal counsel to help you through the overwhelming impacts with which you’re dealing. An experienced personal injury lawyer, however, will not only apprise you of your rights but will also aggressively advocate for those rights and for your rightful compensation. The dedicated legal team at The Law Office of William W. Hurst in Indianapolis has the skill, knowledge, and compassion to fight for your claim’s best possible resolution, and we’re here to help.

Indiana Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries often strike your body’s messaging center—the central nervous system. Such injuries include brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, which can lead to paralysis. While almost any type of injury can reach the definition of catastrophic, certain injuries are most commonly associated with catastrophic injuries:

  • Fractured bones
  • Organ damage
  • Serious burns
  • Amputations
  • Exposure to dangerous toxins and chemicals

Though nearly any type of accident can result in a catastrophic injury, construction site accidents and motor vehicle accidents—especially if they involve a pedestrian, a bicyclist, a motorcyclist, or a tractor-trailer—are the most common causes.

Catastrophic Damages

With catastrophic injuries come catastrophic damages. The seriousness of these injuries often cause permanent damages that can lead to unpredictable consequences throughout the victim’s lifetime. Furthermore, because catastrophic injuries are tied with the loss of employment and because career and sense of self correlate so closely, these injuries can cause especially traumatizing emotional and psychological consequences.

A catastrophic injury can alter the course of your life in the blink of an eye and can lead to nearly incalculable emotional, physical, and financial damages. Although no amount of money can ever truly cover your losses, you at least deserve the legal damages that most closely approach compensating you for the full scope of your losses.

The Financial Expense

Because catastrophic injuries are so all encompassing, they typically result in extremely high medical and healthcare costs. These might include:

  • Emergency transportation from the scene of the accident
  • Emergency medical treatments
  • Surgeries and aftercare
  • Medical appointments and treatments provided by doctors, specialists, and physical therapists
  • Ongoing medical treatments, care, and therapy
  • Prescription medications
  • Adaptive medical devices to aid physical needs
  • Home adaptations
  • Home health care
  • Mental health counseling, care, and treatments

In addition to immense, these attendant expenses are also unpredictable—because catastrophic injuries often take unpredictable courses. The ongoing healthcare needs and medical costs can grow exponentially as your injuries reveal themselves with time and as new physical and psychological symptoms continue to present themselves. Never underestimate the extent of a catastrophic injury.

Catastrophic injuries are as unique as the people who suffer from them. An experienced personal injury attorney, however, will carefully investigate your accident and your claim to help determine the overall scope of your damages—including projected future damages—and help navigate your claim toward the compensation to which you are entitled.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are so serious and are so closely associated with catastrophic injuries that it’s worth digging a little deeper. TBIs are caused by trauma to the head and are associated with a range of symptoms:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Numbness and weakness
  • Unconsciousness
  • The sudden onset of incoordination, speech difficulties, and confusion
  • The sudden onset of extreme fatigue, persistent headaches, and sleep disturbances
  • The sudden onset of changes in mood or personality

Traumatic brain injuries are highly unpredictable, and as such are closely associated with attendant, challenging emotional and psychological consequences.

Emotional Hurdles

TBI victims often find that they’re no longer comfortable managing their emotions, which can lead to a lost or diminished sense of self. Many sufferers adopt coping mechanisms that can lead to both personal and social isolation and that can morph into serious mental health consequences, including significant depression and increased anxiety. By their very nature, traumatic brain injuries tend to alter one’s personal relationships—as they alter the sufferer’s sense of self. As such, TBIs can significantly reduce a victim’s support system, which usually consists of the friends, family members, and loved ones whose relationships the TBI has damaged. TBIs, in other words, can produce a snowball effect that sends sufferers on an extremely dangerous path.

Contact Our Office to Consult with an Indiana Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If someone else’s negligence caused you to suffer a traumatizing catastrophic injury, you’re likely overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn for help. You need experienced legal counsel, and the dedicated legal team at The Law Office of William W. Hurst in Indianapolis is here to aggressively fight for your rights and for your rightful compensation. Our skilled personal injury attorneys have the experience, knowledge, commitment, and compassion to help guide your catastrophic injury claim toward just compensation. We’re here to help, so please contact or call us at (317) 636-0808 to schedule a free consultation today.

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Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney