The consequences of a catastrophic injury can be debilitating – not only physically and emotionally, but financially.
And when your injury was caused by the negligent or wrongful conduct of another person, those consequences are particularly unjust. The Nashville catastrophic injury lawyers at Cummings Manookian have substantial experience litigating cases involving serious injuries that result in death and disability.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
Catastrophic injuries are the most severe and extreme types of personal injury. They often result in loss of life, permanent disability, and ongoing pain. These types of injuries include, but aren’t limited to, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, blindness, and permanent nerve damage. For victims and their families, the physical and financial toll can be enormous. Injuries of this magnitude often result in ongoing medical care for the remainder of the victim’s life.
How are catastrophic injury cases different than others?
The spectrum of cases that involve catastrophic injuries is diverse. Catastrophic injuries may be the result of medical malpractice, faulty or dangerous products, or an automobile accident. As with any case, the plaintiff must first establish that the injury resulted from the carelessness, recklessness, or misconduct of another person. Where catastrophic injury cases differ greatly is in the proof of massive and ongoing damages.
As an example, let’s compare two car accident cases: one involving a minor broken wrist suffered by Client A and the other involving a catastrophic spinal cord injury to Client B. In the first case, damages are relatively straightforward and capable of objective calculation. Assuming Client A experienced a full recovery, his damages are all now in the past. They can therefore be tallied with a high degree of precision by looking to things such as the medical bills Client A received, his past lost income, and the bills for property damage to his vehicle.
The second case presents a very different scenario on damages. Client B’s spinal cord injury is permanent, and he has not fully recovered by the time he is required to file suit (a deadline known as the statute of limitations). In all likelihood, he will never experience anything resembling a full recovery. Unlike, the individual with the broken wrist, Client B’s damages are not confined to the past; to the contrary, the lion’s share of his damages are in the future.
Like Client B, individuals who suffer catastrophic injuries face a lifetime of ongoing and future medical expenses as well as years of lost income through an inability to work. Tennessee law entitles such victims not only to a recovery for their past damages, but also for those damages they continue to incur and those that will be incurred in the years to come. Tennessee law additionally provides for compensation for the future physical and emotional pain and suffering that necessarily accompany serious injuries such as burns, paralysis, and brain damage.
How do I secure the maximum recovery for a catastrophic injury?
When you experience a catastrophic injury due to the wrongful conduct of others, the law requires that the offending party make you whole. That includes payment for your past, present, and future expenses, as well as for less objective damages such as pain and suffering. Unfortunately, because of the magnitude of your injuries and loss, you’ve likely already learned that the defendant and insurance companies do not want to adequately compensate you or uphold their obligation to restore your financial circumstances and long-term health. In such cases, it’s commonplace for wrongdoers to argue that your injuries aren’t as severe as you claim.
To secure the maximum recovery for a catastrophic injury, it is imperative to build a body of proof demonstrating both the severity of your injury and the likelihood of its continued impact on your life. The first step in doing so is retaining an experienced attorney who will engage medical experts, life care planners, and economists to opine on your loss and begin building your case.
Why choose Cummings Manookian?
When you choose Cummings Manookian to represent you, you get Brian Cummings and Brian Manookian working directly on your case – not a junior lawyer or paralegal. We have decades of experience in cases involving catastrophic injuries from brain damage to paralysis. We know and understand not just the law, but the medicine. We move quickly to assemble a team of experts for your care, and to establish the proof necessary to secure the recovery that will provide your financial peace for the present and future.
If you or a loved one are currently struggling with a catastrophic personal injury, contact the experienced attorneys at Cummings Manookian for a free and confidential consultation. If we accept your case, we will advance all costs while working on a contingency fee basis. You won’t pay us anything unless and until there is a settlement or judgment in your favor.