While you cannot foresee an accident, catastrophic injuries can dramatically change your life after one.
At The Law Offices of Kevin F. Kurgis, Co., LPA, located in Columbus, Ohio, our attorneys understand that a serious personal injury requires serious legal representation. We have the legal knowledge and experience personal injury victims can rely on when faced with a catastrophic injury. Our office has won millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for clients.
When a person suffers a severe injury as a result of another party’s negligence, he or she may be able to legally recoup medical costs and other expenses associated with the incident. At The Law Offices of Kevin Kurgis, we specialize in helping individuals who have suffered serious catastrophic accidents pursue settlements to cover the lifelong physical and emotional impact of this type of injury.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
For legal purposes, serious catastrophic injuries are those that result in permanent disfigurement, functional disability, trauma to the head or neck or death. These types of injuries also prevent the person from maintaining gainful employment. Common incidents that lead to catastrophic injury include auto accidents, worksite hazards, dangerous property defect, defective machinery and/or medical malpractice.
Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Paralysis of the legs or all four limbs
- Permanent disfigurement, especially when it limits your ability to perform everyday activities
- Organ damage
- Loss of hearing, vision or speech
- Traumatic brain injury
What Should I Do After a Catastrophic Injury?
Seeking medical care should be your first priority. Carefully document each appointment, recommended treatments, and cost. Gather evidence from the incident itself, which depending on the cause of the injury may include photos and videos of the site, witness statements, official records, and police reports. We can procure this information on your behalf when you retain our legal representation.
What Is the Process for Filing a Personal Injury Claim?
First, your attorney will contact the responsible party’s insurance company to make a claim. A claims adjuster will review the facts about your accident and the associated costs, then he or she will make a settlement offer. If the offer does not cover the extent of your damages, your attorney will negotiate on your behalf for a higher settlement. This may require filing a lawsuit against the insurance company and/or the responsible party.
How Does the Court Determine Negligence?
For a successful personal injury claim, the plaintiff must prove that another party was negligent. The Ohio court determines that negligence occurred if these four factors are present:
- The defendant had a duty of care to provide a safe environment, as a business owner, for example.
- The defendant breached this duty by acting or failing to act, such as by neglecting to repair a broken stair rail.
- The breach directly resulted in harm to the plaintiff that the defendant should reasonably have foreseen.
- The plaintiff suffered damages as a result of his or her injuries.
When you need a personal injury attorney in Ohio, trust The Law Offices of Kevin Kurgis to seek the financial settlement you deserve. Because you must file a personal injury claim within two years from the incident, it’s important to act quickly. Contact us today for your free consultation.
These serious personal injuries include:
- Burn injury
- Brain injury
- Paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia)
- Amputation / loss of limb
- Spinal cord injury
- Loss of smell, taste, or hearing
- Wrongful death
A catastrophic personal injury is one that results in a serious and permanent impairment of bodily function or a permanent disfigurement.
If you have sustained a serious personal injury, you may need extensive medical care, therapy, and support in the tasks of daily living for the rest of your life. A birth injury may result in permanent medical child care. Your future well-being depends on how accurately your attorney can determine the extent of your losses and on whether your lawyer can get the liable parties, their insurance companies or a judge and jury to agree.
One of the qualities at The Law Offices of Kevin F. Kurgis Co., LPA is our skill in analyzing and forecasting the current and future losses that result from a serious personal injury. Our in-house attorneys work with a broad range of respected specialists.
We also have a long and successful track record of winning substantial compensation for our injured clients both at trial, during mediation, or in settlement negotiations.
When your future is at stake, why not choose a law firm that knows how to get you the best settlement possible?
And remember, “I don’t get paid, unless you get paid.”
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kevin Kurgis serve serious injury and wrongful death cases in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Dayton, Parma, Canton, Youngstown, Lorain, Hamilton, Springfield, Kettering, Elyria, Lakewood, Cuyahoga Falls, Euclid, Middletown, Mansfield, Newark, Findlay, Urbana, Chillicothe and Zanesville OH areas.
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