No matter where you live or work in Maine, sudden events that cause catastrophic injuries can happen to anyone at any anytime. Catastrophic injuries often cause permanent damage and substantially life altering disability. While catastrophic injuries can improve over time with proper treatment and care, the cost of such care can quickly become staggering. The Maine personal injury lawyers at Briggs & Wholey understand the need to obtain quality health care and financial support while treating lifelong injuries under these circumstances.
Alison Wholey Briggs is dedicated to the pursuit of justice for their clients, and tirelessly work to hold at-fault persons or entities liable. For nearly 30 years of combined experience litigating and negotiating personal injury lawsuits and settlements, our office has helped countless injured clients pay their bills and get the care they need by fighting for the compensation they deserve.What Is Considered a Catastrophic Injury?
Damages for negligence, or compensation for injuries, are intended to help make an injured person “whole,” or as they were, prior to an accident. A catastrophic injury is one that is so severe that the injured cannot possibly resume the life led prior to the accident. Catastrophic injuries may be caused by events like big truck accidents, slip-and-fall hazards left at businesses, or on-the-job accidents. Lifelong treatment can involve physical therapy, reliance on prosthetics, and psychological therapy. Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Spinal cord injury that results in partial or total paralysis
- Traumatic brain injury with the loss of body functions and memory
- Damage to major internal organs that require extensive care like dialysis or pace makers
- Bone fractures that cause permanent loss of mobility
- Loss of hearing
- Loss of vision
- Nerve damage that affects physical sensitivity or action
- Amputation of limbs or fingers
- Severe burns that cause disfigurement or loss of mobility
Under Maine law, if you can show that your injuries resulted from the careless or reckless conduct of another, you may be eligible to receive compensation from the responsible party or their insurer.Catastrophic Injury Affects Many Aspects of Life
Following a catastrophic injury accident, the victim may never be able maintain the same earning capacity they had before or even return to work. The victim’s family members’ lives can also dramatically change. The intensive care required and loss of income greatly affects everyone’s daily activities. It can be tempting to accept an offered settlement that may pay for some things, but an early settlement amount may ultimately prove to be inadequate in the future. Having an experienced personal injury attorney available to discuss all avenues of legal relief greatly increases your chances of maximizing the compensation your family receives. Available compensation may cover amounts including medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.Helping You Seek Justice
Catastrophic injuries can occur as a result of reckless driving, negligent care of premises, or defective products. The Maine personal injury attorneys at Briggs & Wholey have an extensive knowledge of the law, and are well versed in the loopholes insurance companies and at-fault parties often use to shield themselves from paying the compensation they owe. Alison Wholey Briggs represents clients from across the state, and is happy to meet with you in your home if you are unable to travel to one of our offices. If you have been injured in a catastrophic injury accident, and need to speak to experienced, hard-working counsel, contact our office at (888) 596-1099 or online for a free, confidential consultation.