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Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Phoenix

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Suppose you or someone you love has endured a catastrophic injury such as extensive burns, traumatic brain injury, loss of limbs, or broken bones. In that case, you need a Phoenix catastrophic injury lawyer on your side. Wattel & York personal injury lawyers offer experienced legal representation to help victims receive a fair settlement. 

Any time you are injured because of someone else’s irresponsibility and neglect, it can be emotionally, physically, and financially traumatizing. Beyond devastating medical bills, you might also be facing a loss in potential earnings because you cannot return to work. If your injuries require physical therapy, medical treatment, surgeries, or rehabilitation, that means you have a long road to recovery ahead of you. 

If you are trying to heal after a disastrous car accident or another harmful event, you need all the resources possible to guide your way through this stressful time. Our law firm will work hard to recoup any lost wages, medical bills, or other financial disasters associated with your injuries. When you have suffered injuries, it could take months or even years to pull your life back together to pre-accident levels. Our law firm handles common personal injury cases and complex, serious injury claims. 

You should pursue fair compensation in the face of someone else’s negligent actions, and we will fight to get you what you deserve. 

What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

This is typically a severe injury that permanently changes your quality of life for the foreseeable future. These kinds of injuries can disfigure you, leave you with disabilities, reduce your life expectancy, decrease your level of happiness, and eliminate your ability to work. You may also need life-long medical care and treatment. 

We may not realize how vulnerable and delicate we truly are until we have been in a terrible accident. A critical spinal cord or brain injury can be incredibly catastrophic and cause permanent paralysis or brain damage. This could affect your ability to take care of yourself or even communicate with others. Loss of limbs could limit the type of work you can qualify for or necessitate prosthetics and medical devices. 

If you or someone you know have suffered a disabling injury, you should seek the counsel of a professional personal injury law firm immediately. We will go over your personal injury case and help you determine who the responsible parties are. We will fight hard to seek maximum compensation on your behalf so you can focus on healing instead of worrying about your financial situation and future. 

Additionally, we will inform you of your rights and what you are entitled to. Give us a call today to begin the conversation about your future. 

Examples of Catastrophic Injuries

A catastrophic injury can have serious short- or long-term consequences in your life. For example, you may be unable to return to work for days, months, or even years. Some personal injury victims may be permanently unable to work again. Catastrophic injuries take a toll on you physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Catastrophic injury examples include fractured bones, which can prevent you from using that area of your body for a long period of time. A traumatic brain injury can result in permanent brain damage or even coma. Accidents involving fire, electricity, gas, or other types of heat can result in severe burns, which can scar you or result in permanent tissue damage. 

Accidents that hurt your neck or back can result in spinal cord injuries, which can cause loss of motor functions and numbness, either temporarily or permanently. Any type of injury can result in long-term damage, so it’s crucial that you seek financial compensation with Phoenix personal injury lawyers as soon as you can. 

Catastrophic injuries are more than just physical pain or an accident. They are characterized by how they impact your life. Companies or negligent parties should be held accountable for any altered aspect of your life. 

Catastrophic injuries can be life-altering to you and those close to you. Examples of these serious injuries include:

  • Spinal cord damage
  • Severe burns
  • Neurological disorders
  • Fractures
  • Eye injuries or vision loss
  • Amputation or loss of limb function
  • Organ damage
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Blunt force trauma
  • Head injuries
  • Brain damage
  • Disfigurement
  • Scarring
  • Acoustic damage
  • Fatal injuries
  • Whiplash

By the very nature of a catastrophic personal injury, you or a beloved family member could be experiencing a devastating struggle. Not only do you need to concern yourself with what to do next, but you may also be facing uncertainty about your future.

The stakes are incredibly high, which is why you should consult with a competent and professional personal injury law firm in Phoenix that will take your circumstances seriously and will fight for maximum compensation. 

Our law firm will do anything in our power to be a light in a dark time in your life by providing legal counsel, guidance, and security. 

The Financial Burden of Catastrophic Injuries

You might be surprised by the general expenses that are caused by catastrophic injuries. Below are a few costs that you will likely face if you or a loved one have been in a severe accident:

  • Medical expenses: Surgeries, palliative care, hospital stays, physical therapy, ICU, in-home care, doctor visits, medication, and more.
  • Medical devices: Prosthetics, wheelchairs, rollers, ventilators, oxygen tanks, special beds, emergency alert devices, and more.
  • No more income: While not an expense, this can be a chilling problem for victims of catastrophic personal injury. Mounting medical costs can be prohibitive and impossible to juggle with regular expenses like rent, food, utilities, credit card debt, car payments, and more. When you are no longer working or can no longer earn a living, you need a source of income to keep you from drowning in debt.

It’s essential to keep in mind that anyone can get into a catastrophic accident at any time, any place. While car accidents are one of the most common types of devastating mishaps, many other kinds can completely change your life. From slip and fall accidents to workplace injuries, your life can be entirely altered in seconds. 

You shouldn’t believe that your workers’ comp will cover you or that your car insurance has your back. Insurance companies are known for undervaluing claims people rely on to fix their lives. 

Do You Have a Valid Claim?

You may have a personal injury lawsuit if someone was responsible for or could have prevented the accident. 

A personal injury lawsuit in Phoenix revolves around the doctrine of negligence. Legally speaking, negligence is one’s failure to fulfill their duty of care. For example, texting while driving is negligent and can lead to a catastrophic car accident where the driver is responsible for any injuries and damages.   

If someone’s recklessness resulted in your catastrophic injuries, then the responsible party should be held accountable for any damages that occurred or mounting associated costs. Your personal injury attorney can walk you through your case and the law. We will help you prove negligence if it is necessary for your claim. 

What Is Your Catastrophic Injury Claim Worth?

If a life-changing or catastrophic personal injury occurs due to negligence, the value of your claim could be significant. Generally, the more your quality of life is affected by an injury, the more your personal injury case is worth. 

While every personal injury claim is different, the average plaintiff in Phoenix can recover compensation for certain types of damages. The lawyers at Wattel & York will work hard to obtain compensation for the following:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity 
  • Pain and suffering
  • Out-of-pocket costs
  • Physical pain
  • Mental anguish
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Disability accommodations
  • Disfigurement

Don’t Trust the Insurance Companies

Understandably, many people innocently expect insurance companies to pay fair settlements, but this doesn’t always happen. In fact, their business model is to underpay or even deny claims. Car accidents, wrongful death cases, workplace accidents, medical malpractice, and other types of accidents that are a result of someone else’s negligence need a Phoenix personal injury lawyer to help you plan your next course of action. 

Numerous circumstances can lead you to become seriously injured or worse. Victims of negligence can be left paralyzed, blind, or needing ongoing rehabilitation. The cost of medical treatment and future therapy can be shocking. You have legal rights, and our personal injury law firm will fight for you to recoup the costs of lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical bills. 

If you or a family member have been injured, call a Phoenix catastrophic injury lawyer at Wattel & York so we can help you focus on healing and getting better. 

Hiring a Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney 

If you suffered a severe injury in an accident involving work machinery, a reckless driver on the road, poor safety standards, or a product defect—you have the right to pursue compensation to help you cover any expenses and allow you to focus on healing. 

That’s why it’s essential that you speak with the personal injury law firm of Wattel & York. We provide free personal injury claim evaluations to help you determine what your claim is worth. We can help you on the road to recovery right away. 

As the term suggests, catastrophic injuries can change your life forever. A full and complete recovery could take months or years or may never happen at all in paralysis or brain damage cases. Our personal injury law firm has years of training and experience coupled with compassion. We are dedicated to getting you the justice and compensation you deserve. 

Our personal injury lawyers will retain medical expert evaluation to realize the full extent of your injuries and record the prolonged impact on your daily life and what your chances for a full recovery are. If you are living with pain and have trouble eating or even sleeping, you shouldn’t worry about going into financial ruin, especially if you were not responsible for the accident. 

Financial compensation won’t necessarily cover the emotional toll and physical suffering you have sustained but will recoup lost wages and other expenses. It can ease the pain of mounting bills and anxiety over how your family will be able to survive while also paying for your ongoing medical treatments, prosthetics, rehabilitative therapy, medical devices, or medications. 

Catastrophic Injury Law Firm in Phoenix

At Wattel & York, we have experience fighting and negotiating for our patients in court or with an insurance provider. Our personal injury law firm is experienced and prepared to work hard on building a winning case. 

Remember that our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you don’t pay if we don’t win your case. You have very little to lose by speaking with our personal injury law firm. You don’t have to deal with insurance providers by yourself. 

We defend personal injury cases and help with settlement negotiation, so don’t let the insurance company talk you into accepting a low claim offer. 

No matter the degree or type of injury, you should not delay contacting a personal injury law firm for assistance. One of our personal injury lawyers will carefully analyze your case, including going over your medical records and discussing how your life has changed. We will pay close attention to all the injuries you have suffered and give you the best chance of a favorable outcome.

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