How can a personal injury lawyer help me after a catastrophic injury or death?
In the case of catastrophic injury it is critically important to seek prompt medical attention. Although common injuries associated with workplace accidents, motor vehicle accidents, or electrical failure may not present with any symptoms until days or weeks after the event, a skilled medical diagnostician will be able to identify damage and plan a course of treatment.
Getting the right care immediately is important for several reasons:
- First, the law allows personal injury victims to seek compensation for bodily injuries. This includes losses leading up to a settlement or trial, as well as future losses, for example loss of income. Making a compelling case for lost wages is significantly more feasible with expert documentation from a medical professional.
- Second, a delay in personal injury victim’s medical examination and treatment may create a “treatment gap.” Insurance companies may refer to such a gap in an attempt to refuse compensation.
- Misdiagnosis and mistreatment of an injury resulting from a serious accident may exacerbate the original injury. This may lead to continued convalescence and recovery time, which may add to the financial burden that a personal injury victim experiences. In addition, faulty medical diagnosis and treatment plans may complicate a legal case against the at-fault party.
- A catastrophic accident is profoundly disruptive not only to the victim but to his/her family. In addition to the physical injuries, victims and their families typically experience tremendous confusion and anxiety about how to proceed most strategically. Most families have little if any knowledge of personal injury law, medical insurance coverage limitations, liability structures, and litigation. A personal injury lawyer is invaluable in guiding a victim through a maze of hospital policies, insurance agents, and applicable regulations.