What does life look like after a catastrophic injury? With these injuries ranging from the loss of a limb to long-term or permanent paralysis, it’s safe to say that catastrophic injuries force you to dramatically reconfigure your day-to-day life. When these injuries result from someone else’s misconduct, it’s easy to feel angry, frustrated, and helpless.
In reality, there are avenues to justice that you can take advantage of with an attorney’s help. Catastrophic injury attorneys in Michigan can specifically give you the tools you need to bring the party responsible for your catastrophic injury losses before a judge. With help from White Law PLLC, you can demand financial support from the at-fault party involved in your accident.
Working With an Attorney After a Catastrophic Accident
Catastrophic injuries are categorized with such a severe adjective for a reason. It often takes catastrophic injury survivors like you several months, if not years, to recover from their losses. Learning to live a life with new limitations isn’t easy for anyone, not you or your family. So how are you supposed to pursue legal action when you’re trying to relearn how to live?
When you work with a Michigan catastrophic injury attorney, you don’t have to take direct responsibility for the civil case you want to build against the party responsible for your losses. Our team can step in instead and investigate your case from top to bottom while you prioritize your health.
Upon taking your catastrophic injury case, it’s our responsibility to keep you updated on our investigation into your case. We corral bystanders, talk with expert witnesses, and keep your insurance provider from underestimating the value of your case. You or your personal executor can learn more about our services during an initial case consultation.
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How to Build a Catastrophic Injury Claim
Personal injury lawsuits are some of the best tools available to catastrophic injury survivors. If you want to initiate a lawsuit, though, you need to present your local civil court with evidence of someone else’s involvement in your accident. The complaint you submit specifically needs to elaborate on:
- The nature of the negligence that led to your accident
- The identity of the party responsible for your losses
- The duty of care owed to you at the time of your accident
- The value of your accident’s losses
- Evidence supporting all of these positions
You must bring evidence to support all of the aforementioned positions if you want to argue your position before a judge. This evidence can range from video footage of your accident to debris taken from the scene of said accident. You can even bring in statements from police officers and other expert witnesses to help make your points.
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Evidence and Catastrophic Injury Fault
Unfortunately, most courts will not accept a catastrophic injury claim asserting fault for your losses on your word alone. You must have the means to prove that someone else’s negligence contributed to this catastrophic change in your life. The good news is that our catastrophic injury attorneys in Michigan know how to spearhead an investigation into your losses.
The evidence we bring forward can, however, present a confusing story about the nature of your losses. For example, say you got into a catastrophic car accident. While you may instinctively blame the other driver for your losses, that driver’s own circumstances may redirect your claim. A corporation, mechanic, or even auto manufacturer could instead be liable for your losses.
With that in mind, do not assert fault without first assessing the data from your accident. Do not accuse someone of causing your accident online, in person, or before a judge without an attorney present. Let our team follow the evidence to its natural conclusion. Then, let our team represent your best interests as your case progresses.
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What Damages to Request After a Catastrophic Injury
Your right to damages after a catastrophic injury depends on the nature of your accident. You need to work with an attorney as well as expert witnesses to calculate the total sum of your losses. Then you can work with our team to present an estimate of your total desired damages to a court and, particularly in the face of out-of-court negotiations, the liable party.
Most of the time, you can include the following losses in your estimate of your case’s value:
- Your catastrophic injury medical expenses
- The cost of repairing or replacing any damaged property
- Supplementary income to make up for lost wages
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- PTSD and related mental health conditions
If your catastrophic injury accident results in the loss of a loved one, you also have the right to demand compensation for loss of consortium, loss of companionship, loss of financial support, and related damages. You can work with a catastrophic injury lawyer in Michigan to estimate the economic value of these damages before going to court.
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When to File Your Catastrophic Injury Claim
If you want to take action after a catastrophic injury in Michigan, you must do so within the statute of limitations by Michigan’s civil courts. Michigan Compiled Laws §600.5805 notes the many factors that may change your statute of limitations but also states that the overarching statute gives you three years to act.
This means that you have three years from the day of your catastrophic injury to bring your concerns forward via civil complaint. If you don’t take advantage of that timeframe, Michigan’s civil courts can deny you your right to civil action. In turn, you may not have the opportunity to demand compensation for your losses.
Fortunately, our attorneys are aware of your statute of limitations and how to best put your timeline to use. The sooner you come to one of our team members after your accident, the more we can do with the time afforded to you.
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Catastrophic injuries don’t limit their impact on your life to a few inconvenient weeks away from work and your loved ones. These accidents change your life. Whether you’re contending with a stark decline in your personal health or you’re helping a loved one address such a loss, you can take action. You deserve the opportunity to fight for justice.
White Law PLLC and its team of experienced catastrophic injury lawyers want to help Michigan families take back control of their lives after severe accidents. You can schedule a free, no-commitment consultation with our team to discuss the best ways to pursue accident compensation. Contact us online or by phone to learn more.
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