Sustaining a catastrophic injury at the hands of someone else is a devastating and life-altering experience. By definition, “catastrophic” implies a serious grievance. These types of injuries carry enormous repercussions for victims and their families. In many cases, these injuries require lifelong medical care, forcing victims out of their jobs. Treating these injuries and supporting these victims often drains families financially and emotionally. At times, these injuries can be so severe they lead to wrongful death, taking a terrible toll on loved ones.
Whether you sustained an injury due to a reckless driver, careless doctor, or negligent caregiver, it’s important to hold the parties responsible accountable for their actions. Richard Rizk and his team of compassionate and experienced catastrophic injury lawyers in Portland are available to review your case.
What Makes an Injury “Catastrophic”?
Catastrophic injuries are life-altering injuries that typically require specialized medical care and rehabilitation for the remainder of a victim’s life. Victims may often need in-home care and help getting around. At times, victims may have to retrain to learn new employment skills that fit within their limited abilities. Unfortunately, many victims cannot obtain gainful employment again due to severe physical or cognitive impairments. Without gainful employment, victims are out of a job while they incur dozens of expensive medical bills, inflicting great emotional and financial stress on themselves and their families they can no longer support on their own.
The effects of a catastrophic injury are truly staggering. Besides being left unable to work, victims may often struggle to travel, exercise, or partake in hobbies they once enjoyed. Most of the time, people who suffer from a catastrophic injury struggle to maintain their mental as well as physical health. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues exacerbated by mental anguish often develop as a victim adjusts to her disability.
Common Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries can occur a variety of ways, and victims have the right to pursue a claim to recover financial compensation when it can be demonstrated that the injuries were not the victim’s fault. Catastrophic injuries inflict long-term pain and suffering on victims who often need private caretakers for life. Examples of such injuries include:
- Birth injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Brain injuries like TBIs and concussions
- Severe burns
- Paralysis and spinal injuries
Due to the extreme nature of these injuries, victims may be able to recover more financial compensation than they would following an accident that resulted in less severe injuries. With an attorney advocating for you, it may be possible to recover for a variety of unexpected bills.
How Can a Portland Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Help Me?
Rizk Law employs a team of competent legal professionals who dedicate their careers to personal injury law. We resolve personal injury and insurance claims in Oregon and Washington State from our home office in Portland. Mr. Rizk himself is a former insurance attorney and high-level claims analysis who has been holding wrongdoers and their insurers accountable for their destructive actions. The firm takes pride in standing up for the little guy who is often pitted against mega-corporations that have the funding — but not the will — to help them recover from their injuries.
What Victims May Be Able to Recover
By working with a dedicated catastrophic injury attorney like Mr. Rizk and his team, you may be able to recover compensation for costs associated with:
- Past, present, and future medical treatment
- Time spent in a hospital
- In-home care
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
In some instances where there is a finding of gross negligence or intentional misconduct, it may be possible to retrieve punitive damages. Speak with a Portland catastrophic injury attorney today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call (503) 245-5677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.