No accidents are more devastating than the ones that result in catastrophic injuries. These injuries happen suddenly and without warning, changing a person's life in a split second.
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced Boston personal injury attorney before you agree to any settlements.
The attorneys at Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers know how a catastrophic injury can upend your life and affect everyone in your family. We will identify all negligent parties and build a case that will not only hold those parties accountable but help you obtain compensation for medical expenses and long-term care.
We take cases on a contingency fee basis. As a result, you pay nothing until we recover money for you. This arrangement allows all accident victims to retain first-rate legal representation, regardless of their financial situation.Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers Will Fight for Justice for You and Your Family
It is a grossly unfair proposition. You and your family are dealing with a life-changing tragedy. Simply getting through the next 24 hours at the hospital seems insurmountable. Behind the scenes, the insurance companies are quietly moving to limit their liability, absent any concern for your health and future security.
Even thinking about a lawsuit can seem grossly inappropriate to families still dealing with the shock of a loved one's sudden injury. Tragically, those responsible for your injuries too often use that period of indecision to their advantage, thereby threatening your medical care, financial well-being, and even your survival.
As your advocate, we will use all of our resources to fight for the compensation you need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, physical therapy, and long-term care needs. In most cases, you will also be able to obtain compensation for pain and suffering and diminished quality of life. In addition, we will fight to unearth the truth about your accident and hold all parties responsible to the fullest extent of the law.
In general, we can help with a catastrophic accident injury claim by:
- Identifying all potentially liable parties.
- Negotiating with insurance companies (including your own) on your behalf.
- Determining how much money you will need to cover the lifelong expenses associated with your catastrophic injury.
- Collecting evidence to establish liability and damages.
- Litigating claims against all liable parties, if necessary.
It is not unusual for settlements and jury verdicts to total $10 million or more in these cases.Massachusetts Catastrophic Injury Cases
When it comes to catastrophic injuries, most people think of paraplegia or quadriplegia, or some other type of paralysis. However, many different injuries fall under the umbrella of catastrophic injury.
A catastrophic injury is a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain, including skull or spinal fractures. Accident victims with catastrophic injuries often suffer a permanent functional disability. However, in some cases, the disability is temporary. In the worst catastrophic injury accident cases, the injury proves fatal.
Here are some examples of catastrophic injuries:
- Birth injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain injury
- Nerve damage
- Crush injury
- Burn injury
- Loss of vision
- Loss of hearing
Spinal cord injuries are a common type of catastrophic injury. Depending on the severity of these injuries, accident victims may need lifelong care.
A traumatic brain injury (known as a TBI) can alter a person's life forever. The person may experience cognitive and emotional problems, including severe depression, and may need to relearn even simple tasks. In addition, this type of injury is challenging for other family members because the injured person may have memory issues, angry outbursts, and may need round-the-clock care.
People with catastrophic injuries need life-care plans to address their needs. Components often include home renovations, adaptive transportation, assistive technology, and medical supplies and equipment. In some cases, people will need facility care and services.
Even when catastrophic injuries are not permanent, they can take months or even years to heal. People with these nonpermanent catastrophic injuries are still entitled to maximum compensation.Car Accidents and Other Causes of Catastrophic Injury
A head-on crash with a speeding car can leave an innocent driver with catastrophic injuries. Injuries tend to be severe when large vehicles such as tractor-trailers and delivery trucks are involved. Pedestrians, bicycle riders, and motorcycle riders are more likely to sustain catastrophic injuries in traffic accidents than motorists protected to a degree by their vehicles' steel frames and safety features.
Workplace accidents also have the potential to turn employees' lives upside down. For example, workers can suffer catastrophic injuries operating dangerous tools and machinery or falling from a ladder, scaffolding, or other raised surface. Construction workers, factory workers, landscapers, and laborers are especially at risk.
Here are some causes of catastrophic injuries in Boston:
- Car and truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction accidents
- Work accidents
- Boat and jet ski accidents
- Sports accidents
- Farming accidents
- Defective products
- Trampoline accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Toxic exposures
- Medical malpractice
- Dangerous drugs
- Violent crime and workplace violence
If a dangerous and defective product caused your catastrophic injury, an attorney can help you bring a product liability suit against the manufacturer and other involved parties such as retailers and wholesalers. A defective ladder, trampoline, bicycle, or car, for example, could cause a serious accident and result in a catastrophic injury.
At Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers, our clients count on us for compassionate care and vigorous legal representation. Nowhere are those strengths put to work more effectively than in our pursuit of justice for our clients and families dealing with a catastrophic injury.
For help with a catastrophic injury claim, contact the Boston personal injury attorneys at Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers at (617) 777-7777 for a complimentary legal consultation or fill out our online form.