Efficient And Effective Handling Of Serious Injury Cases
Some injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents or other mishaps have lifetime ramifications that negatively impact a person’s quality of life or may even shorten it. Not only do these catastrophic injuries change the victim’s life, they often alter the lives of a victim’s family as well. A family member may have to quit a job to provide full-time care or hire someone to provide daily care. Our firm understands how this may affect the victim and an entire family.
Common catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck or spinal cord injuries that can cause partial or total paralysis
- Burn injuries that result in permanent scarring
- Loss of vision
- Internal organ injuries
Aggressive Advocates In Catastrophic Injury Lawsuits
If you or a family member has suffered a catastrophic injury, the experienced legal team at The Truitt Law Firm, LLC will advocate aggressively to recover the full amount you deserve. Catastrophic injuries often require long-term or lifetime rehabilitation and may prevent an individual from working.
We represent clients who have suffered a serious injury on a contingency fee basis. You will only pay attorney fees if we obtain a recovery for you.
The long-term costs to cope with catastrophic injuries can be enormous. If the accident that caused it was a result of someone else’s negligence, the financial burden should not fall on you. Our lawyers know how to accurately value the lifetime impact of a catastrophic injury, and they are skilled at presenting that information in a manner that maximizes the amount an accident victim receives. Victims may seek compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Current and future medical bills
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Our attorneys also have extensive experience representing clients who have been named as defendants in catastrophic injury lawsuits. By working both sides of these complex personal injury cases, we have a comprehensive understanding of how the opposing counsel builds its case. That helps us develop a legal strategy that reinforces our argument and often allows us to negotiate for a settlement from a position of strength.
If necessary, we work with highly regarded medical professionals and life care planners who help accurately estimate the financial costs of treating catastrophic injuries.
Brain Injury Cases
The increased national discussion regarding concussions in sports has heightened the general public’s awareness of the long-term impacts of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). More people now realize how debilitating these injuries can be. These injuries typically result from a sudden jolt or from a hard blow to one’s head. Symptoms of TBI include:
- Blurred or lost vision
- Loss of memory
- Mood swings
- Partial or full paralysis
Unfortunately, that awareness has not always been carried over to personal injury lawsuits in which individuals have suffered TBI as a result of someone else’s negligence. Victims seeking full compensation from insurance companies often have their claims lowered or denied altogether. Fortunately, our lawyers work with highly regarded medical specialists in this field to build strong cases that support our pursuit of full compensation.
Spinal Cord Injury Cases
Neck and spinal cord injuries occur in car accidents, workplace accidents, sports and many other facets of life. Spinal cord injuries can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia. When a spinal cord injury results in paralysis, it impacts the victim’s family as well as the victim. A family member may have to quit a job to provide full-time care or hire someone to handle that. The more serious the injury, the more complicated a personal injury lawsuit often becomes. It is critical to work with personal injury attorneys who know how to build strong cases.
Frequently Asked Questions About Injuries
Catastrophic injuries change lives forever. Victims of spinal cord injuries or other serious injuries may be paralyzed and unable to return to work. When this type of injury accident occurs due to someone else’s negligence, it frequently results in a personal injury lawsuit with millions of dollars at stake.
What qualifies as a catastrophic injury?
A large percentage of personal injury lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries involve injuries to the spine, spinal cord or brain. The term “catastrophic injury” often refers to an injury that prevents the injured party from returning to work. It significantly changes the life the victim is able to lead and impacts that person’s family members as well. That is why the compensation sought in these cases is so high.
Why is a lawyer necessary when an injury of this nature occurs?
Insurance companies are in business to make a profit. They work to minimize the amount that is paid out in claims. When a serious injury occurs, it often leads to a large claim, but the insurance company representatives will work to minimize the amount that is paid out. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can do the opposite – maximize the amount that an injured party recovers. The aim is to cover current and future medical costs, which can be extensive, as well as lost wages and earning power, damages for pain and suffering, and compensation for the loss of enjoyment of life. We also have a strong track record representing insurance companies in these cases.
How will my personal injury case be valued?
Not surprisingly, injury lawsuits with permanent, catastrophic injuries are complex. There are many factors that go into properly valuing these cases. In Louisiana, injured parties can recover compensatory damages for actual financial losses (medical costs, lost wages, loss of earning power, etc.) as well as damages for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. In a smaller percentage of cases, parties may recover punitive damages for gross negligence by the at-fault party.
The complexity of these cases requires experienced legal representation, whether you are the injured party seeking compensation or the defendant. We work with highly regarded professionals who assess the lifetime costs of these injuries, medical professionals who provide information about lifetime treatment and other specialists who provide important information for properly valuing the case.
How long will my case take to resolve?
Every case is different in terms of the facts involved and the length of time it takes to resolve. While most personal injury cases do not end up going to trial, the cases involving catastrophic accidents frequently require more time to resolve because of the high stakes involved. Our attorneys have strong records of reaching fair outcomes through negotiation as well as at trial. Our attorneys have a strong track record of litigating personal injury cases, amassing nearly 500 trials between them. As we have stated, we work closely with medical professionals and other specialists who provide valuable insights that are used to reach a fair agreement. We go to great lengths to protect the rights of our clients, whether they are seeking compensation or named as defendants in a personal injury lawsuit.
How much will legal representation cost?
When we represent injured parties in personal injury lawsuits, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means we only get paid if we help you obtain a recovery. When we represent insurance companies or other defendants, we charge our standard hourly rate. These cases take extensive resources to properly prepare. When the stakes are so high, you want to make sure that you work with a law firm like ours that focuses on personal injury law and has the resources to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
Talk To Our Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Today
We welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your case during a free, no-obligation consultation. We will provide a candid assessment of what you might expect and recommend the best steps to take. Call 985-273-0900 or email us to schedule an appointment.
We work with clients across Louisiana from offices in Covington and Metairie/NOLA. If your injuries limit your mobility, we will come to you.