You have plans, ambitions, and dreams for your future. You don’t need another person complicating your life to make the quest to achieve these ambitions more difficult. Unfortunately, though, someone else’s negligence can do more than disrupt your road to future ambitions. It can render those ambitions impossible to achieve.
Catastrophic injuries resulting from someone else’s negligence have an immediate and lifelong impact on your ability to meet your daily needs. Coping with these conditions is more than tough. Some days, it can feel impossible. The good news is that you can work with Vaughan & Vaughan catastrophic injury attorneys in West Lafayette to fight for justice.
Classifying a Catastrophic Injury Accident
Catastrophic injuries do fall under the broader category of personal injury accidents that attorneys in Indiana can address. The difference between a catastrophic injury and a broken bone or a fracture, though, is a catastrophic injury’s impact on your life.
Catastrophic injuries include traumatic head injuries, the loss of a limb, and temporary or long-term paralysis. All of these conditions can make it notably more difficult to take care of yourself on a daily basis while making it feel all but impossible to restore your previous quality of life.
When a catastrophic injury results due to someone else’s negligence, survivors like you are entitled to their feelings of injustice. The state of Indiana also gives you the right to pursue legal action against the party responsible for your condition. You can work with a West Lafayette catastrophic injury attorney to present a claim for damages to a civil judge.
Acting After a Catastrophic Injury Accident
If you’re interested in having a judge consider the nature of your catastrophic injury losses, you need to file for legal action within Indiana’s personal injury statute of limitations, or Indiana Code §34-11-2-4. This statute dictates the timeline on which your case expires. In Indiana, you are limited to two years of investigative opportunities before a court can throw out your case.
That said, investigating the nature of a catastrophic injury accident can make it difficult to find the energy or the ability to pursue legal leads. Our attorneys recognize that and want you to take every opportunity you have to focus on your recovery. In the meanwhile, we can take on responsibility for your case so you can file for damages within your deadline.
You Need the Right Information to Demand Catastrophic Injury Damages
If you’re going to take action in the wake of a catastrophic injury accident, you need to make sure you present the right information to the judge overseeing your case. Fortunately, our team knows how to compose a personal injury complaint that can adequately elaborate on your losses.
We strive to adequately capture the severity of your losses and your right to compensation by both making strong claims and backing those claims with quantifiable evidence. When you bring your losses to our attention, we can ensure that your complaint addresses the right at-fault party and advocates for your right to the maximum possible compensation.
Evidence Holds Negligent Parties Accountable
To establish liability after a catastrophic accident, you need to bring forward evidence defending:
- Your right to a duty of care at the time an accident occurred
- The nature of the negligence that violated the duty of care
- The impact of a violated duty of care on your physical and financial well-being
In other words, you must pair claims regarding liability and your right to compensation with evidence that proves you’re entitled to justice in the eyes of the law. It can be tricky to establish this paper trail, particularly if several weeks or months have passed since you last critically examined the nature of your accident.
Investigating your losses is part of an attorney’s job, though. When you bring your catastrophic injury case to West Lafayette lawyers, you can count on our team to:
- Contact bystanders
- Examine relevant social media posts
- Call in expert witnesses
- Gather physical evidence
- Secure video and photo images of your accident
This information makes it easier for us to properly identify the party liable for your losses and charge them with the recklessness that so dramatically changed your life.
You Deserve Post-Accident Financial Support
The primary benefit of a catastrophic injury lawsuit is the suit’s ability to secure your financial support throughout your post-accident recovery. Before you can secure this support, you need to calculate the value of your catastrophic injury losses. Indiana law specifically entitles you to both economic and non-economic losses.
Your catastrophic injury economic losses are those losses that generate traditional bills. Your medical expenses, current and upcoming, constitute economic losses. You can also include the cost of repairing or replacing damaged property in your estimate of your case’s economic expenses. Other viable expenses include lost wages and opportunities to work.
Non-economic losses do not generate bills as their economic counterparts do, but they still impact the total value of your case. Our team can value your emotional distress as well as your catastrophic injury pain and suffering before bringing said losses to the attention of a judge.
Let’s File Your Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit
Boilermakers and West Lafayette locals can find themselves at higher risk for a catastrophic injury at certain times of the year, particularly as students and game day visitors crowd the city’s roads. Should you find yourself contending with the aftermath of a catastrophic injury accident, you can turn to West Lafayette catastrophic injury attorneys for legal guidance.
Vaughan & Vaughan’s team can give you the space you need to contend with your traumatic loss while also taking advantage of Indiana’s personal injury filing deadline. You or a personal representative can learn more about your legal right to action in the face of a traumatic injury during an initial case consultation. Call or contact us online to schedule your appointment.