Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers: What are Catastrophic Injuries?
September 15, 2014
Accidents can happen anywhere, at anytime, even with careful attention to safety. Though most injuries are minor or recoverable, there are some injuries that have permanent, disabling consequences or even result in death. “Catastrophic injury” is the term used to describe this type of injury. When this type of injury is the result of a third party’s actions or negligence, a victim may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses as well as punitive damages.
The most common causes of catastrophic injury result from motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, dangerous and defective products and medical malpractice. The medical costs, continuing therapies, and assistance required to victims of catastrophic injuries can severely affect a family’s emotional and financial health and future. For those who are killed as a result of their accident, their families are impacted by financial as well as emotional hardships.
The costs associated with catastrophic injury can quickly escalate and devastate a family’s budget. Loss of income, physical accommodations to one’s home, new vehicles, ongoing treatments, physical therapy requirements, and even admittance to a nursing home or assisted living facility are just a few areas that require a tremendous amount of money, some of which may not be covered by insurance.
The cost of medical intervention needed to stabilize a victim of a catastrophic injury can reach close to a million dollars in the first year alone. Over a lifetime, spinal cord victims can require over $3 million to cover medical and handicap expenses. Add to this the toll that the emotional impact has on the victim and their family, and the estimated total is tremendous.
The Philadelphia Personal Injury Law Firm of Galfand Berger LLP Can Help Victims of Catastrophic Injury Claim Justice and Compensation
The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers of Galfand Berger LLP have been helping victims of catastrophic injury throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1947. The team of dedicated, knowledgeable and highly-skilled trial litigators at the firm is committed to protecting the rights of their clients and securing the highest amount of compensation available. Our history of significant recoveries for catastrophic injuries speaks for itself.
If you or someone you know has suffered a catastrophic injury call us at 1-800-222-8792 or complete our online contact form to schedule a free consultation today. With offices in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, and Reading, Pennsylvania, we are conveniently located to serve clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.