All it takes is an instant to suffer accident injuries from which you may never recover. You or a loved one may need significant medical help and care for the rest of your life. It may never be possible to return to the life that was lived before the accident. But, the legal process after a catastrophic injury is about more than just obtaining money to recover from these losses. It is also about getting your day in court and knowing that you have done everything in your power after someone else’s actions have gravely injured you or someone you love.
Hite Law Firm Trial Lawyers in Abbeville will be in your corner when you need us. We listen to you and take strong legal action on your behalf. Contact our catastrophic injury attorneys today to begin.
Catastrophic Injury Cases that We Handle on Your Behalf
A catastrophic injury is a significant event that will change the course of a life. This injury usually takes away some or all of the function from a vital part of your person. A catastrophic injury could involve the actual loss of a body part or key functions that you need to live your daily life. Even if you are able to fully recover, you would face a long and difficult road ahead of you to reach that point.
Here are some examples of catastrophic injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Nerve damage
- Severe organ damage
Accidents that Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries
The effects of a catastrophic accident may become more apparent over time. Here are some of the common causes of catastrophic injuries:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Fires or explosions
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and falls
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
Your life may never be the same again after a catastrophic injury. You may not be able to work to the same extent that you did before the accident if you can even work again at all. The costs of your catastrophic injury could add up quickly. Not only are you struggling with your physical health, but you are also left to deal with the other consequences of the injury, including potentially staggering costs.
While there is little good news during this difficult time, one thing you can take comfort in is knowing that you have an experienced lawyer in serious injury cases who can give you hope and peace of mind to lift the legal burden off your shoulders.
When You Must File a Catastrophic Injury Claim
In a catastrophic injury case, you may not be able to file a claim or lawsuit immediately after the accident. Ordinarily, you would wait until you reach the point of maximum medical improvement. Medically, this is defined as the point where your condition will not improve with further treatment.
When you have suffered a catastrophic injury, you could need many medical procedures and extensive treatment just to learn how much you may recover.
Accordingly, you need to keep an eye on the statute of limitations in your case. Under South Carolina law, in most cases you have three years from the time that you were injured or should have known you were injured to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, the statute of limitations can be shorter, so please contact our attorneys to determine the statute of limitations in your particular case.
How Our Dedicated and Compassionate Attorneys Can Help You
In a catastrophic injury case, one of the most important things is to know how much your case is worth before you file a claim or lawsuit. The insurance company has their evaluation, and they may attempt to take advantage of you.
A settlement is money that you will need for future care and to pay for damages for the rest of a victim’s life. Our lawyers will sit down with you to learn more about you and what you or your loved one may need in the future. We will understand your own situation before we give you advice on how to proceed.
Our lawyers can also do the following for you:
- Answer any questions that you may have about the legal process
- Help you decide the most effective way to seek financial compensation
- Gather evidence that could show that someone else was responsible for your injuries
- Stand up for your legal rights when the insurance company wants to take them from you
- Engage in settlement negotiations that could go some of the way towards making things right
- Argue your case in court if the insurance company will not pay you the compensation you deserve
As our client, we will work tirelessly on your behalf to make your justice our own personal mission.
Contact an Abbeville Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Today
The first step to beginning the legal process is to contact Hite Law Firm Trial Lawyers to schedule a consultation. To speak with one of our lawyers, you can send us a message through our website or send us a message online. You owe nothing unless we help you win your case.
Catastrophic Injury Case FAQs
When is the best time to contact a lawyer for my case?
You should reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. If a victim cannot make the call, a family member should do it for them.
The insurance company offered me a settlement — what should I do?
You should only accept the settlement if it pays you enough money for your damages. One of our lawyers can evaluate whether the offer is fair to you.
What if the insurance company will not offer me enough money?
You can file a lawsuit against the responsible party in court, and a jury would decide your damages if you win.