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If you have suffered a catastrophic injury in Virginia, you may be able to recover compensation if your injury was caused by someone’s negligence. A catastrophic injury will change your life permanently. It might stand in the way of meaningful work, physical mobility, and quality of life. If you are considering a lawsuit for your catastrophic injuries, you should consult with a lawyer experienced in personal injury law. Call or message Regan Zambri Long PLLC today to schedule a free consultation and speak to a Virginia catastrophic injury lawyer about your claim.

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Life Altering Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries can severely alter a victim’s life and cause permanent disfigurement or impairment, in addition to the mental trauma of the injury and its psychological effects. Catastrophic injuries usually require more intensive medical care than other types of personal injuries and require more rehabilitation. This can have significant costs over a lifetime. Talk to an Virginia catastrophic injury attorney at Regan Zambri Long today.

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How Do I Prove Fault for a Catastrophic Injury?

In most catastrophic injury cases, you are trying to prove that the party who caused the injury acted negligently. To do this, you will need to prove the four elements of a negligence claim:

  • Duty of care: You must show that the other party owed you a duty of reasonable care.
  • Breach of duty: You will need to show that the other party acted unreasonably, or breached their duty of care to you.
  • Causation: You must prove that the other party’s actions caused your accident.
  • Damages: You need to show that you suffered actual harm as a result of the accident. This harm can be your injuries and/or the emotional harm caused by the injuries, as well as any medical bills or lost wages associated with the accident.

Talk to an experienced Virginia catastrophic injury attorney today to understand your legal options in pursuing a catastrophic injury lawsuit in Virginia.

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What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

A catastrophic injury is a severe injury with significant long-term effects. To be considered catastrophic, the injury must significantly affect the victim’s quality of life. Some of the most common types of catastrophic injuries are:

  • Traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries are a common type of catastrophic injury that cause cognitive problems, as well as issues with movement, speech, and memory. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there were 223,050 hospitalizations in 2018 because of traumatic brain injury.
  • Spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries are another common type of catastrophic injury and often cause paralysis or limited movement. Car accidents are the leading cause of spine injuries, and according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), an estimated 17,900 people nationwide suffer a spinal cord injury each year.
  • Permanent disfigurement. Amputations and severe burns are types of traumatic injuries that result in particularly high levels of psychological trauma and pain. Sources estimate that there are about 2 million amputees in the United States, many of whom were injured by someone’s negligence. Losing a limb can cause permanent disability, but can also lead to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Amputations can be expensive and require medical equipment like prosthetics.
  • Paralysis. Spinal cord injuries can cause paralysis. There are many types of paralysis, some temporary and some permanent. An injured person may suffer from partial paralysis, paraplegia, or quadriplegia.
  • Broken bones. One more common type of catastrophic injury is a broken or fractured bone. Broken bones can be painful and can require multiple surgeries to repair the surrounding tissues and reset the bone.

Some other catastrophic injuries are neurological issues, coma, fractures, organ damage, and vision or hearing loss. These types of injuries affect a victim for the rest of their life, and are often not the victim’s fault, but happened based on factors outside of their control. Victims of catastrophic injuries likely cannot return to work or may return in a limited role and will require intensive medical care.

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What Are the Causes of Catastrophic Injuries in Virginia?

Catastrophic injuries can have many causes, but some of the most common are:

Choose Regan Zambri Long for Your Virginia Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit

If you have been injured in a catastrophic accident, you may be entitled to compensation. One of our experienced personal injury lawyers can help. Hiring an attorney will take the burden of proving your case off of your shoulders. Our team of lawyers will build your case and gather all the evidence necessary to win your claim and receive the compensation you are entitled to.

Our lawyers often operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning that they are compensated for their services only after you win, and the amount owed is based on the amount you win at trial.

Call Regan Zambri Long today or contact us online today for a free case evaluation.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Catastrophic Injuries in Virginia

How Do I Measure My Losses in a Catastrophic Injury Case?

Catastrophic injuries generally have higher damages than personal injury claims. Generally, courts can compensate victims for:

Different states have different laws regarding what damages you can recover. An experienced attorney can talk with you and advise you regarding what damages you can request and how much to ask for in compensation.

What is Catastrophic Injury Insurance?

Catastrophic injury insurance can protect you from the financial risks of a catastrophic injury or illness. Many of these plans have low monthly premiums and high deductibles. Insurance may be a good idea if you work in a high-risk workplace; however, catastrophic injury insurance applies to only those under the age of 30, unless you qualify for another exemption, such as foreclosure, bankruptcy, homelessness, or domestic violence.

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Catastrophic Injury Claims in Virginia?

Statutes of limitations vary by state. Virginia Code Section 8.01-243 states that a person who was injured in a traumatic accident must file a claim within two years of the date of the injury. If the injury resulted in death, a wrongful death suit must be filed within two (2) years from the date of death. There are a couple of exceptions to the statute of limitations. One exception is for minors (the statute of limitations begins on the minor’s 18th birthday) and another exception is for mentally or physically incapacitated individuals. If you have questions about the timeline for filing your claim, you should consult with an attorney.

Who Can Be Liable for My Catastrophic Injury?

A lawyer can discuss who could be liable for your injuries with you during a free consultation. Your lawyer will probably ask you some of the following questions:

An attorney can help you investigate the accident and determine who was liable. Sometimes, more than one other party could be liable for your injuries. A catastrophic injury lawyer will know how to put together the evidence of your accident to support your claim. A lawyer will have the knowledge and expertise to maximize your recovery.

Call the experienced Virginia catastrophic injury lawyers at Regan Zambri Long PLLC and get the compensation you deserve.

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