Injuries come in a variety of forms, but one thing is clear: they can be devastating and can impact the victim and his or her family for the rest of their lives. Catastrophic injuries, by definition, are the most severe and debilitating harms that a person can suffer, including:
- Brain Injuries;
- Spinal Cord Injuries;
- Spine Injuries;
- Head injuries;
- Serious Burns to the body;
- Injuries leading to amputation of the fingers, toes, arms, or legs; and
- Organ injury resulting in severe damage to the vital organs.
A catastrophic injury to the brain, spinal cord, spine, or organs may result in a shortened life expectancy, permanent disability, and a lifetime of medical conditions and medical treatment. Injuries leading to amputation and serious burns or chemical exposures may also leave a person permanently disabled with the constant need for medical attention.
Negligence Often At the Root
While injuries can happen anywhere and anytime, they usually do not happen on their own, but rather as a result of someone else’s reckless or careless behavior. The recklessness or negligence of a driver, a mistake during a routine procedure by a doctor, and the abuse and neglect of a nursing home facility’s staff are all examples of the type of conduct that may result in a disabling catastrophic injury.
In addition to the severe pain and suffering that an injury victim may face on a daily basis, he or she may also be financially crippled by medical bills and an inability to work, which can further put a financial strain on his or her life and the lives of his or her family members.
Fortunately, North Carolina and South Carolina personal injury laws enable a victim to recover compensation for injuries that result from the careless or reckless conduct of another person or institution. With the assistance of an experienced injury attorney, a victim may be able to recover compensation for damages such as:
- Medical expenses;
- Loss of earnings;
- Pain and suffering;
- Scars or disfigurement;
- Loss or partial loss of part of the body; and
- Other damages.
Like all states, North Carolina and South Carolina have applicable statutes of limitation laws which limit the time period in which a victim has to file his or her claim against the person that caused an injury. If you or a family member has sustained an injury, contact our Attorneys to start the process of evaluating your case.