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Catastrophic Injuries

Accidents often happen suddenly, and without warning. In the case of an accident causing catastrophic injury, in the blink of an eye, you could lose your ability to walk, your ability to move your body and even your capacity to think.

There is no set definition for catastrophic injury, but it's generally regarded as one that is life-altering. A catastrophic injury may mean a lifetime of expenses to be able to fully function. Instead of one night's worth of hospital bills, you may have costs for the rest of your life. If someone else caused your injury, then they should pay for that.

Philadelphia Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

If you've suffered a catastrophic injury due to an auto accident, workplace accident, slip and fall or any other accident caused by the negligence of another, an aggressive trial lawyer can help you recover the compensation you deserve. You may face a lifetime of expensive care, care that you shouldn't have to cover. A Philadelphia catastrophic injury attorney from Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC can fight for what's owed to you. Call us today at (215) 665-1695 to schedule a consultation.

We serve clients with catastrophic injuries throughout the Philadelphia area, including in Chester County, Bucks County, Montgomery County and Delaware County.


Philadelphia Catastrophic Injury Information Center


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Negligence in Pennsylvania Catastrophic Injuries

Negligence means that a person failed to act in a way that they should have and hurt another person. In a negligence claim, the plaintiff, or person suing, must prove four elements against the defendant, or person being sued. Those four elements are:

  • Duty: The defendant had to have owed a duty to act a certain way to the plaintiff. Usually, the duty is to act as a reasonable person.
  • Breach: The defendant must have failed to perform that duty.
  • Causation: The breach must be the actual and legal, or "proximate," cause of the plaintiff's damages.
  • Damages: The plaintiff must have suffered damages.

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Damages for Philadelphia Catastrophic Injury Claims

If you are injured due to negligence, you can seek economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are the tangible, measurable damages you suffer like hospital bill, rehabilitative therapy, extended care and nursing homes, lost wages, lost ability to work and the costs of renovating your home to accommodate your disability.

Noneconomic damages are not as tangible, but very real, because you're suffering them. They include pain and suffering, loss of life's pleasures, humiliation and embarrassment and disfigurement.

It's important to realize that any judgment or settlement will be final. You will not be able to obtain a result where you are paid continuously through your life as you accumulate new expenses — for instance, the defendant will not be ordered to pay for a home health care aide for the rest of your life.

That's why it's important that you have a thorough Philadelphia personal injury lawyer who will fight to maximize your recovery.


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Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Brain Injuries:

Brain injuries can occur in any jolt to the head — during a car accident, a slip and fall or construction accident — or may occur due to noxious fumes or any other injury that damages the brain. The brain controls not only our mental capacity, but also our entire body, and any injury can lead to permanent disability or paralysis, both physical and mental.

Spinal/Back Injuries:

The spinal cord serves a dual purpose. It is what holds up our entire body, as every limb is ultimately attached to it. It's also how commands from the brain are conveyed to the rest of the body; it's what tells the heart to beat and the limbs to move. Any injury to the spine can cause paralysis or more.

Neck Injuries:

The neck is often injured during accidents that cause whiplash, like rear-end auto accidents. The neck is very sensitive. Even slight injuries can lead to the inability to turn one's head. Paralysis can result from a neck injury, as well.

Amputation:

Losing one's arm or leg, whether it is burned off, pulled from the body, severed or mangled, is a terrifying experience that leaves you permanently without the ability to function as you once did.

Burns:

Burns, whether from fire, chemicals, steam or electricity, are incredibly painful and can leave a person permanently disfigured and disabled. Burns can also cause blindness and the inability to use other senses, and may cause internal injuries in some cases.


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Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC | Philadelphia Attorney for Severe Injuries

If you've had or a loved one has had a life-altering injury, you could have a lifetime of expenses. If the injury was the fault of someone else, then justice demands that that person pay. A Philadelphia catastrophic injuries lawyer from Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC can help you get justice. Call us today at (215) 665-1695 to set up an appointment to discuss recovering for your catastrophic injury.