Have You Suffered a Catastrophic Personal Injury?
Our Philadelphia Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Fights for Victims’ Rights
There are varying degrees of injury. Minor injuries typically include easily treatable ailments such as a strained/sprained muscle, cuts and first-degree burns. Moderate to severe injuries are mostly treatable and include bone fractures, concussions and second-degree burns. When a person suffers a catastrophic injury, he or she suffers significant trauma that will likely cause life-changing injuries. It can even cause an individual to suffer a wrongful death. Examples of catastrophic injury most often include injuries to the brain and spinal cord. However, they can also include limb amputation, para/quadriplegia and third-degree burns.
Philadelphia catastrophic injury lawyer, Adam Grutzmacher, has dedicated his legal career to helping wrongfully injured victims seek recovery. Since graduating from law school and opening his personal injury law firm, he has successfully represented many fellow Philadelphians throughout the city. Adam is a staunch advocate for social justice. He will do whatever is necessary to see his clients through to a favorable conclusion. Our firm understands that this is an overwhelming and distressing time for injured individuals and their families. After getting to know you and the details of your case personally, Adam will develop a strong case that advocates for rightful compensation.
What Is Considered a Catastrophic Injury?
Currently, there is no exact global definition of a “catastrophic injury”. Generally, it means that someone has been injured to the point where recovery will be difficult or impossible. These types of injuries often occur in the spinal cord, neck and head region. Such injuries typically lead to serious — often life-changing — effects. When a negligent party is responsible for an individual’s catastrophic injury, the injured party has a right to pursue legal action.
Examples of catastrophic injury include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the University of Florida Health (UF Health), “1.4 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury” every year in the United States. Of those 1.4 million, “about 50,000” suffer a wrongful death and “235,000 are hospitalized”. Examples of TBI’s include cranial fractures, “cerebral contusions” and concussions.
- Amputation. The loss of a limb is one of the most significant injuries that a person can endure. On top of the physical obstacles brought on by the amputation, an amputee will likely be emotional about his or her situation. Know that you can hold the opposing party liable for emotional pain and suffering as well as physical damages.
- Spinal cord injury (SCI). UF Health defines an SCI as spinal cord damage “that results in a loss of function below the level of the lesion, including paralysis, sensory loss, and bowel/bladder/sexual dysfunction”. As of 2018, “there are currently over 450,000 people in the U.S.” with SCI’s. Additionally, there are around “10,000 new SCI” cases every year. While a negligent accident is often the cause of an SCI, one can also occur due to health-related factors. Such factors include tumors and infections of the spinal cord. If a doctor failed to diagnose these or other factors before it caused an SCI, then you may be able to hold him or her liable for the injury.
Cases involving catastrophic injury often involve sizeable settlements. This is because these types of injuries are some of the most costly and typically involve continual medical treatment and rehabilitation. Additionally, an individual who has been catastrophically injured is likely unable to work in the long-term and will require a way to make ends meet. Adam is a dedicated and experienced Philadelphia catastrophic injury personal injury lawyer who will fight for your best interests and do everything in his power to ensure that you receive appropriate compensation for past, present and future damages.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Catastrophic Injury?
The following are three common examples of parties that can be held liable in the event of a catastrophic injury:
- Truck drivers/companies. Semi-trucks and other similarly-sized commercial vehicles are some of the biggest on the road. When one of these tractor-trailer trucks causes an accident involving a passenger car driver, the results are often catastrophic on many levels. Injuries are often more consistently severe and physical damage done to vehicles is often unrepairable. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to not only hold the truck driver responsible for the accident but also their employer, maintenance workers and/or parts manufacturers responsible for the condition of the vehicle.
- Government entities. Another type of accident that can result in catastrophic injury can occur on a road, sidewalk or other government-controlled areas. For example, if you were walking in a public park and trip and fall due to a poorly maintained walkway, then you may be able to hold the local government liable for any injuries sustained. This type of claim will be harder to pursue, however — you are trying to sue the government, after all — but it is not impossible to recover damages when you have an experienced Philadelphia catastrophic injury attorney by your side.
- Medical professionals. Doctors are people too. However rarely, they are known to make mistakes. While mistakes are instances we can learn from, when it comes to you or your loved one’s health, there should be no compromise. Even in an accident, someone — even a doctor trying to help — must be held responsible for a wrongful injury and/or death. Surgical errors, birth injuries and spinal cord damage leading to paralysis are some of the most common examples of medical malpractice that can cause a person to suffer a catastrophic injury.
Questions About Catastrophic Injury? Call Today for a Free Consultation
Being injured is stressful. All you likely want to do is relax, recover and come to terms with your situation. After such an ordeal, you more than deserve to take that time for yourself. When you work with local Philadelphia catastrophic personal injury lawyer, Adam, he aims to take the stress off your shoulders in regards to your injury however he can.
If you are unsure about pursuing legal action or have questions you would like to ask before making such a significant decision, then contact our office today to schedule a free consultation. During this initial meeting, you will be able to meet Adam and sit down with him to discuss the details of your case. He will be able to give you legal advice as to how to proceed, explain what you can reasonably expect and other valuable information regarding your catastrophic injury claim.
Call (215) 261-7975 or fill out our online form to see how Grutzmacher Law can help you today.