Catastrophic injuries impair major life functions. Long-term medical care may be required. The ability to earn a living wage may be compromised or eliminated altogether. Ensuring enough money is recovered to replace lost income and pay for future medical care is vital. It could be a matter of life and death.
For this reason, catastrophic injury cases require careful planning, resources, and relentless advocacy. It starts with legal liability:
- At trial, will a preponderance (greater weight) of the credible evidence show that the other party proximately caused the occurrence in question?
- Are there any aggravating circumstances which add value to the case (e.g., drugs, alcohol, prior crashes/incidents, other red flags, etc.)?
- Was the other driver (or actor) acting within the course and scope of any employment?
To secure the evidence necessary to properly handle these cases requires a team of experts – private investigators, engineers, and other subject-matter experts in the fields of study related to the incident that led to the injury.
In the short-term, there might be extremely high hospital bills and doctors’ bills for acute medical care which is compounded by a simultaneous loss of income and/or health insurance or benefits.
In the long-term, there might be a need for in-patient/out-patient care, surgeries, physical or cognitive rehabilitation, doctors, specialists, nursing care, imaging studies, lab work, medical equipment, medications, or 24/7 care in some cases. In addition, home modifications may be required to accommodate a wheelchair or make the bathrooms more handicap accessible. A new or modified family car may also be required to help a patient get to and from their doctor’s office.
Understanding what a patient will need in the future requires bringing in the right experts –physical medical and rehabilitation (PM&R) doctors, life-care planners, and economists.
If you or loved had the great misfortune of being involved in an incident causing catastrophic injury, we understand, and we can help. Call Brian C. Gutierrez, PLLC immediately at (979) 823-5555. We are available 24/7. We have experience pursuing these types of cases. We can act quickly to secure the evidence before its destroyed and hire the right experts to attain the highest possible recovery for you and your family.