Catastrophic injuries are life-changing events that pose significant physical, emotional and financial challenges. If you or someone in your family has been involved in a serious accident in Georgia, you should not hesitate to seek the guidance of an Atlanta catastrophic injury lawyer who can help you assess your options.
We understand that a catastrophic injury can have long-term consequences for a victim and an entire family. Attorney T. Andrew Miller is committed to advocating for injured individuals by using a broad array of legal tools, and he is ready to help you assert your rights.
Seeking Compensation For A Catastrophic Injury
Catastrophic injuries typically refer to serious harm to the brain, spinal cord or central nervous system, as well as amputations, blindness, severe burns, coma, paralysis or disfigurement. They may result from car crashes, workplace accidents, slip and falls, interactions with defective products or medical malpractice, among other situations.
If your catastrophic injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you will likely be entitled to compensation for your harm. Negligence is a failure to exercise reasonable care that results in harm to another person. Reasonable care usually refers to the duty to act as a prudent person would act in the same situation, although it may be defined more specifically in certain contexts. In order to establish negligence, the plaintiff must show that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to exercise reasonable care, the defendant breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff, the defendant’s breach was the direct cause of the plaintiff’s harm, and reasonably quantifiable damages arose.
Any type of injury can cause a victim to miss work and require medical treatment, but the consequences are more serious with a catastrophic injury. Depending on the nature and extent of the accident, a victim may require long-term or even permanent medical care. If the accident results in a permanent disability, the victim may require compensation for the loss of income and benefits for life. A knowledgeable injury attorney can examine all of these factors and seek the full spectrum of damages for your situation. For example, a plaintiff may be able to seek compensation for present and future medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost income and benefits, scarring and disfigurement, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
If you have sustained a catastrophic injury on the job, you will be entitled to different workers’ compensation benefits than if you suffered a non-catastrophic injury. In Georgia, the treating physician categorizes workplace injuries as either catastrophic or non-catastrophic. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, you will be allowed to seek lifetime workers’ compensation benefits equivalent to two-thirds of your gross average weekly wage, up to a maximum weekly benefit set by law. These lost wage benefits may continue for life if you have sustained a catastrophic work injury. If your injury is deemed non-catastrophic, you will still be able to recoup all of your medical bills, but income replacement benefits may be capped at 400 weeks.
Discuss Your Situation With A Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
You can trust that attorney T. Andrew Miller will handle your case with diligence and compassion. Atlanta catastrophic injury attorney T. Andrew Miller has been named a “Rising Star” by Georgia Super Lawyers annually since 2014. He represents people throughout Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties. Call us at 678-605-9109 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with a car accident attorney or seek guidance with any other type of personal injury or workers’ compensation claim.