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Seattle Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

A Seattle catastrophic injury attorney at The Fang Law Firm can help you recover financial compensation from an at-fault party.

No one expects to face a catastrophic injury in their lifetime. Whether it’s you or a loved one who is staring down a long road of recovery, medical bills are already piling up. A life-changing injury and mounting medical bills cause an extreme amount of stress in addition to the pain from the injury. The last thing you should be worrying about if you’re recovering from a life altering injury or you’re helping a loved one recover is how you’re going to pay for care or make up for lost wages.

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Choose The Fang Law Firm for Catastrophic Injury Recovery

  • No upfront fees. You don’t pay until we win.
  • 24/7 availability. We have a 24 hour return call policy.
  • 98% success rate. We have won 98 percent of our 10,000 cases.

How a Seattle Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Can Help

One way to recover from the person who is responsible for your injury is by pursuing a claim through their insurance company. Whether your catastrophic industry resulted from a car accident or at work, a skilled catastrophic injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process. A catastrophic injury attorney will work with you to:

  • Gather evidence to support your claim
  • Handle all negotiations with the insurance company
  • Manage the claims process, including deadlines and requests for more information

Having a catastrophic accident attorney on your side will send a message to the insurance company that you won’t be settling for less than you deserve. Insurance companies know you’re vulnerable and they will capitalize on that to bully you into taking a smaller settlement amount. Our attorneys have decades of experience in insurance company settlements; we’ve seen all the tricks.

What is a Catastrophic Injury?

As defined by the American Medical Association, a catastrophic injury is a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain. It may also include skull or spinal fractures. A catastrophic injury can result in death, severe functional disability, and head or neck trauma with no permanent disability.

What Damages Can I Recover for My Catastrophic Injury?

If the insurance company denies your claim or doesn’t offer a settlement amount that meets your satisfaction, a Seattle catastrophic injury lawyer can help you file a civil action against the at-fault or the insurance company.

A civil action against an at-fault can include a negligence or personal injury action. A civil suit will hold the at-fault party personally liable, and in a civil suit, the jury can award you damages to compensate you for your injury. Juries typically award non-economic and economic damages.

  • Economic damages: Economic damages are damages for medical bills, rehabilitative care, and lost wages.
  • Non-economic damages: Non-economic damages are damages for pain and suffering.

Washington doesn’t have a cap on these damages, however they do limit damages in two ways:

  • No punitive damages in personal injury cases: Washington does not allow claimants to recover punitive damages (or damages solely meant to punish the at-fault party) in a personal injury case.
  • Comparative fault: Washington recognizes the law of comparative fault, which means that if a jury finds that your actions contributed to the accident that caused your injuries in any way, your damage award will be reduced to reflect that.

Causes of a Catastrophic Injuries

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can be life-altering. People who suffer from spinal cord injuries may never be able to work again. You may be experiencing a spinal cord injury if you’re experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Extreme back pain or pressure in your neck, head, or back
  • Weakness, incoordination or paralysis in any part of your body
  • Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in your hands, fingers, feet or toes.
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Difficulty with balance and walking
  • Impaired breathing
  • An oddly positioned or twisted neck or back

It is important to not move, and to call for immediate medical attention. Spinal cord injuries can result in complete or incomplete paralysis of the body depending on the severity of the injury.

In addition to partial or total paralysis, spinal cord injuries can result in other complications such as:

  • Bladder control
  • Bowel control
  • Neurological complications that result in skin sensations
  • Circulatory control
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Much more.

Living with a spinal cord injury is expensive. The average yearly cost of health and living expenses (not including lost wages) is anywhere from $42,000 – $185,000, with the first year of medical expenses and living expenses adding up to $350,000 – $1,000,000.

Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are the result of destruction or deterioration of brain cells. Roughly, 52,000 people die as a result of traumatic brain injury, and more than five million Americans who’ve suffered traumatic brain injury require assistance in performing daily activities.

Brain injuries can result from:

  • Car accidents
  • Blows to the head
  • Sports injuries
  • Falls or accidents
  • Physical violence

You may be experiencing a brain injury if you’re suffering from the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty processing information
  • Difficulty expressing thoughts
  • Inability to understand abstract concepts
  • Impaired decision-making ability
  • Memory loss
  • Paralysis
  • Weakness
  • Balance issues
  • Change in vision, hearing, or sense of touch
  • Irritability and impatience
  • Reduced tolerance for stress
  • Increased aggressiveness
  • Denial of disability

Recovery from a brain injury can run anywhere from $85,000 to $3 million over the person’s lifetime; a full recovery is never certain with a brain injury.

As evidenced by the above, catastrophic injuries are not only life-altering and can lead to permanent disability or death, but they are also extremely expensive. A catastrophic injury attorney in Seattle can help you recover damages for your injury.

What to do When Damages are Not Enough

With a catastrophic injury, damages may never be high enough for you to afford your care for the rest of your life, especially if you are unable to work. A Seattle catastrophic injury attorney can help you file a permanent or temporary disability claim through the Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave program or the Social Security office.

Contact Our Catastrophic Injury Attorney in Seattle

You can count on us to help you through a catastrophic injury. Call us today at (206) 489-5140 for a free case consultation.

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