Catastrophic injuries typically involve significant damage to internal organs, the spine, brain, or bones. The impact of a catastrophic injury can be long-lasting and even permanent in some cases. A catastrophic injury can change the trajectory of your life overnight and leave you facing astronomical medical bills and other financial burdens.
If you sustained severe and debilitating injuries in a recent accident, a Barrie catastrophic injury lawyer may be able to help you recover your losses. If your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer from Rastin Law could help you file a legal claim to recover your medical bills, wage loss, pain and suffering, and other damages.
A catastrophic injury can impact every aspect of your life, from interactions with family and loved ones to the capacity to care for your daily needs and your ability to earn a living. Spinal cord damage and severe head trauma are among the most common types of catastrophic injuries sustained.
A spinal cord injury often leads to lifelong pain, loss of control over certain bodily functions, and partial or total paralysis. A traumatic brain injury often leads to permanent cognitive impairment and can cause notable severe and psychological changes. Severe head trauma can also impact physical functions, such as mobility in the limbs.
Other common examples of catastrophic injuries include serious burns, pierced internal organs, and amputations. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury as a result of another person or entity’s negligence, let a Barrie lawyer help you hold them accountable for your losses.
Catastrophic injuries commonly occur as a result of medical errors, acts of violence, motor vehicle accidents, bus collisions, motorcycle crashes, and accidents involving tractor trailers. Most of these incidents can be attributed to one or more parties’ negligence.
It is essential to prove that the person or entity responsible for your catastrophic injury was responsible for protecting your safety at the time of the accident. For example, a physician owes their patients a legal duty to apply the medically accepted standard of care. Once the defendant’s legal duty is established, it is necessary to prove that they breached that duty and thereby caused the plaintiff’s catastrophic injury and their resulting damages.
If the defendant negligently violated their duty of care, the court may hold them legally liable for an injured person’s damages. While some part of the financial losses you incur in an auto collision, for example, may be covered by your own Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) insurance policy, the SABS claim only replaces a small part of your lost income, medical, rehabilitation and attendant care costs. In most cases, victims need to file a tort claim to seek payment for medical and financial losses not covered by the SABS as well as for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
Proving liability in the context of a catastrophic injury claim can be challenging. One of our elite Barrie lawyers would be familiar with the provincial and municipal laws governing catastrophic injury claims and could draw upon extensive legal resources to fight for maximum damages on your behalf. Our team can also help ensure that all notice requirements are filed in a timely manner if a county, municipal, or provincial entity bears liability.
Tort claims involving catastrophic losses must generally be filed within two years of the date of injury. However, in cases of catastrophic injuries resulting from medical negligence, the deadline to file may be extended. A doctor’s error may take years for a patient to notice, so the law allows for deadline extensions in some circumstances.
If someone does not discover their catastrophic injury right away, the two-year filing window would not go into effect until the date they discover their injuries. A lawyer in Barrie could review the circumstances of your catastrophic injury and explain the applicable filing deadline. If a government entity is responsible, you may be required to put them on notice within 10 days of your accident.
It may be prudent to discuss your potential claim with an experienced trial lawyer. A Barrie catastrophic injury lawyer could investigate the cause of your injuries and identify who may be liable for your financial, physical, and emotional damages. Call Rastin Trial Lawyers now to book your introductory consultation.