Baton Rouge Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit Representation
Have you sustained severe, life-altering injuries as the result of an accident that was not your fault? Are you no longer able to work or enjoy your life in the way you did before the accident? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
At Chris Corzo Injury Attorneys, we recognize the immense pain and stress someone experiences when they live with a catastrophic injury. We are driven by our strong Christian values, and our goal is to provide the personalized advocacy and attention you need to hold the negligent party accountable and get the compensation you need to move forward. Having secured billions of dollars across thousands of cases, our Baton Rouge catastrophic injury lawyers know how to strategically handle these cases and deliver the maximum available compensation to our clients. Our legal professionals will be by your side every step of the way and will stop at nothing to put you back on top.
You pay nothing unless we put money in your pocket. We are also available 24/7, so contact us online or call (225) 230-3110 to schedule a free, no-risk consultation. Offices in Baton Rouge and Gonzalez.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
Many types of minor injuries will heal following proper treatment. A catastrophic injury is permanent and typically confers some level of disability. They confer lasting, adverse impacts that may impact the victim’s ability to work and enjoy life. In many cases, a catastrophic injury will become the center of a victim’s life and consequently affect how they function on a day-to-day basis.
Categories of catastrophic injuries include:
- Brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, can result in significant memory loss, behavioral or personality changes, loss of speech or motor functions, and other life-altering consequences. These injuries are often the result of a blow to the head.
- Spinal injuries. The spinal cord facilitates communication between the brain and other body parts, and an injury to this delicate component can lead to partial or complete paralysis.
- Loss of Limbs. Medical teams may be forced to amputate one or more limbs following an especially sever accident, potentially leaving you without an arm or leg. This will inherently limit your ability to move and function as you once did.
What Causes Catastrophic Injuries?
Many people primarily associate catastrophic injuries with massive car wrecks, but the truth is a wide range of accidents can result in these devastating consequences. Any significant physical trauma inflicted on the wrong part of the body in the wrong manner can lead to a catastrophic injury.
Our Baton Rouge catastrophic injury attorneys are prepared to assist you with scenarios involving:
- Vehicular Accidents. Crashes involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles can all produce terrible outcomes, particularly when vehicles collide at the wrong angle or at especially high speeds. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are inherently more exposed and are thus more vulnerable to catastrophic injuries in the event of an accident.
- Slip and Falls. Tripping and falling might not seem like a big deal, but a victim can sustain brain or even spinal injuries if they hit their head or back on a particularly hard surface or sharp edge. Under premises liability law, property owners are obligated to make a reasonable effort to keep their properties free of hazards that can cause visitors to slip or experience any other type of harm.
- Dangerous Products. A dangerous defect in a product can sometimes cause injury, including a catastrophic injury, despite the user utilizing the product as intended. Consuming a pharmaceutical drug that is later revealed to have dangerous, unintended side effects can also sometimes lead to the development of catastrophic health conditions.
- Workplace Accidents. Depending on the nature of your occupation, you may be subject to inherent dangers whenever you go to work. Construction sites, for example, involve the frequent use of heavy, potentially dangerous industrial equipment. Though you might make every effort to follow safety protocols, another person’s conduct or defective tools could result in an incident that leads to a catastrophic injury.
How Is a Catastrophic Injury Claim Different from a Regular Personal Injury Claim?
Catastrophic injury claims and personal injury claims tend to follow the same legal procedures in Louisiana. The plaintiff must initiate legal action before the statute of limitations expires, and they must prove the defendant’s negligence resulted in injuries.
The main difference between these types of cases is the severity of the injuries and the resulting value of the claim. Many catastrophic injuries are permanent and even have the potential to worsen, meaning the plaintiff will be seeking extensive compensation for both current and future medical expenses.
Additionally, depending on the level of trauma and how it physically affects the plaintiff, the statute of limitations may be paused or extended. For example, if an accident victim’s catastrophic injury temporarily leaves them in a coma, they may get more time to file a lawsuit. Our legal professionals can walk you through how the presence of catastrophic injuries could affect your claim.
Damages You Can Recover in a Louisiana Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit
If your catastrophic injury was caused by another person or entity’s negligence, you can likely seek compensation through a personal injury claim. This will involve filing a lawsuit within one year of the accident, though this time limit could be extended in some circumstances. If you wait too long, you will generally be unable to recover damages, so it is in your best interest to get legal advice as soon as you have suffered a catastrophic injury.
If you sustained a catastrophic injury in a workplace accident, you will most likely be unable to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Instead, you will need to file a workers’ compensation claim. Our team at Chris Corzo Injury Attorneys can guide you through either process and will work to get you the money you need as quickly as possible.
Our Baton Rouge catastrophic injury lawyers will fight to get you compensation for:
- Past, current, and future medical bills related to your catastrophic injury
- Lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Why Should You Hire a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer?
When you suffer injuries that permanently alter your ability to work and enjoy your life, you deserve to recover maximum compensation. Holding the negligent party may not be easy, however, especially if they have access to considerable legal resources. Insurance adjusters will also go to great lengths to minimize what you are paid.
A seasoned lawyer understands what is at stake in a catastrophic injury case. You will depend on the money you receive from a lawsuit to cover exorbitant medical expenses now and well into the future, if not indefinitely. You also deserve additional compensation that addresses your inability to work or live the way you used to be able to before the accident.
Depending on the nature and severity of your injuries, you may not be in a position to handle these legal considerations and proceedings on your own – nor should you have to. An attorney can help you determine the true value of your claim and fight to secure the recovery you are entitled to under the law. This will include investigating your case, establishing liability, and developing compelling legal arguments. We recognize the urgency of many scenarios involving catastrophic injuries and will always work to negotiate a fair settlement and get you the compensation you need as quickly as possible. Our Baton Rouge catastrophic injury attorneys are also more than ready to fight for you in court if there is no other path forward.
We strive to make you the victor, not the victim. Contact us online or call (225) 230-3110 to start exploring your legal options.
Rear-end: Chris’ client suffered head, neck, elbow, arm, wrist, rib, back, and leg injuries in a truck wreck in Pointe Coupee Parish.
Side-Swiped: Chris’ client suffered head, neck, and back injuries in a car wreck in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Rear-end: Chris’ client suffered headaches, neck, back, and various soft-tissue injuries in a truck wreck in Pointe Coupee Parish.