Unquestionably, any serious injury will change life immediately. At the very least, an injury forces a period of pain, recovery, healing, and rehabilitation. But not all injuries are equal; some require complete lifestyle changes or result in debilitation or serious impairment.
When people suffer catastrophic injuries due to negligence, there is nothing that can truly undo the damage. That said, the civil justice system can hold accountable those who were careless and can compensate the injured party and his or her family so that they are able to elevate their quality of life as much as possible.
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, we encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible.
Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, Lancaster, Reading, New Jersey and New York Serious Injury Attorneys
We are prepared to put more than a quarter century of experience to work on catastrophic injury cases involving:
- Brain injury
- Eye injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Scars, burns, and disfigurement
We will do everything we can to obtain all compensation in negotiation or in court. We are tireless in our advocacy and will not back down until we obtain what’s fair.
Examples of our lawyers‘ success:
$4.5 million to a Lancaster teenager who sustained multiple fractures and life-threatening injuries in a truck accident.
$3 million awarded to a man injured in an auto accident where he lost a leg and was unable to resume employment.
How will an attorney help your catastrophic injury case?
Catastrophic injury cases need to be handled with assistance from a skilled personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia. Due to the nature of these injuries and how they affect a victim’s life, there is simply too much at stake to try to handle this case on your own.
A Philadelphia catastrophic injury attorney from Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. is going to bring tremendous resources to your case. They will be able to:
- Obtain and preserve any evidence that can prove liability. This includes any video surveillance of the incident, statements from eyewitnesses, police reports, vehicle “black box” data, and more.
- Work with trusted medical professionals to evaluate and care for their clients.
- Enlist help from financial and economic experts to help calculate a victim’s total losses.
- Negotiate with every party involved, including aggressive insurance carriers, in an effort to reach a fair settlement on behalf of their clients.
How long do victims have to file lawsuits in catastrophic injury cases?
It is important to understand that every state sets a limit for how long injury victims have to file lawsuits against alleged negligent parties. The Pennsylvania personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. This means that catastrophic injury victims have a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the person who caused them harm. If a victim fails to file a lawsuit within this time frame, they will lose the ability to recover any compensation for their losses.
What type of compensation is available to catastrophic injury victims in Philadelphia?
If you or somebody you love has sustained a catastrophic injury caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another person, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are regularly able to help clients recover the following types of compensation in these cases:
- Full compensation for medical expenses related to the injury
- Lost income if a victim cannot work while recovering
- Loss of future earnings if a victim is partially or permanently disabled
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation expenses
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party
The total amount of compensation awarded in a catastrophic injury case will typically be more than what is awarded in most personal injury cases. That is because catastrophic injuries tend to have a more significant and long term impact on victims.
How insurance companies respond to catastrophic injury claims & lawsuits in Pennsylvania
Seeking financial compensation after sustaining a catastrophic injury as a result of another party’s negligence will often involve filing a claim to collect from their insurer. If they’re uninsured, you may file a lawsuit. You can also file a lawsuit to pursue damages in court if the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement.
Be aware that insurance companies are businesses. Like all businesses, their goal is to protect themselves financially. An insurer will not be motivated to pay you what you deserve when you file a catastrophic injury claim.
Instead, the insurer may attempt to deny your claim by arguing you’ve failed to provide evidence showing you were injured as a result of negligence on the part of the insured party. If the insurance company can’t deny your claim outright, an insurer will likely attempt to convince you to settle your claim for less than it may be worth.
Insurance companies are particularly likely to respond this way when victims file catastrophic injury claims. Again, the payouts in catastrophic injury cases are often significantly higher than those in other personal injury cases. Insurers are therefore more inclined to fight claims when victims have been seriously injured.
This isn’t meant to discourage you from seeking the compensation you deserve. On the contrary, it’s meant to encourage you to enlist the help of an experienced Philadelphia catastrophic injury lawyer when filing a claim.
A personal injury attorney who lacks experience working with catastrophic injury victims won’t be able to effectively serve your needs in these circumstances. They simply won’t be prepared to fight back when the insurance company employs its various resources and tactics in an attempt to avoid paying you. They also might not have the bandwidth necessary to give your case the attention it deserves over a long period of time.
This isn’t a deficiency you need to worry about when you hire our firm. We will leverage our years of expertise to build the strongest case possible, optimizing your chances of success. While it’s unethical for a lawyer to promise you will recover a specific amount of compensation when they take on your case, we can promise to offer dedicated representation.
How do victims sustain catastrophic injuries in Philadelphia?
There are various ways in which a victim can sustain a catastrophic injury as a result of the actions or carelessness of another party. Typical causes of serious injuries include (but aren’t limited to) the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Accidents resulting from defective products
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability accidents
- Surgical error
- Medical malpractice
- Aviation accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Sports accidents
Those are just a few examples. Regardless of the specific cause of your injuries, if you believe you may have grounds to seek compensation for your medical bills and related losses, schedule a consultation at a Philadelphia catastrophic injuries law firm for more information.
How much does a catastrophic injury attorney cost in Philadelphia?
At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are proud to take Philadelphia catastrophic injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will not charge any upfront or out-of-pocket costs for your case. You will only pay legal fees after we secure the compensation you need to get through this difficult time in your life.