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A catastrophic injury accident could turn your life upside down in the blink of an eye. Whether it’s a car accident, truck accident, slip-and-fall accident at work, or another incident, the course of your life could suddenly change. 

How will you pay your bills, take care of your family, care for yourself, and persevere through the mental and emotional strain of this tragedy? If someone else’s negligence was to blame, could you hold them accountable for the harm you’ve suffered and the losses you’ll incur moving forward?

After a catastrophic injury, you need an experienced and compassionate attorney to help you through this next critical chapter of your life. At The Melonakos Law Firm, our team has helped many South Carolinians who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries in car accidents, have been paralyzed in slip and fall accidents, have lost limbs in workplace injuries, or suffered other catastrophic injuries caused by another party’s negligence. We provide the utmost care, attention, and respect to every person who calls us or walks through our doors. We never hand your case off to a paralegal or case manager. Our catastrophic injury attorneys work directly with our clients from day one and see your case through to its resolution.

When you need a skilled trial attorney after a catastrophic injury accident, contact The Melonakos Law Firm for help. We will be ready to discuss your case during a free consultation when you call us or reach out to us online.

What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

A catastrophic injury is not a specific injury but rather a classification of injury that inflicts significant damage and life-altering changes on the victim. After a catastrophic injury, many victims must completely readjust their life, including their work, home, and how they take care of themselves. Catastrophic injuries may be permanent, temporary, or of an undetermined length of time but almost always require prolonged medical treatment and care. 

Some examples of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputated limbs
  • Significant burns
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of sight
  • Loss of hearing
  • Paralysis

Common Causes of Catastrophic Injury

Catastrophic injuries can be caused by any number of accidents, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Birth injuries
  • Medical malpractice
  • Unsafe premises accidents
  • Defective product accidents
  • Accidents involving hazardous or toxic substances

How a Lawyer for a Severe TBI Can Help with Your Claim

Suffering a catastrophic injury can change your life forever. Your home, your job, your relationships, your day-to-day routine, the things you enjoy, and many other aspects of your life could be affected by your injury. Adjusting and adapting to your new circumstances will likely require time, energy, and attention. Let a catastrophic injury lawyer with experience handling these types of cases pursue the compensation you deserve while you focus on your recovery.

A brain damage lawyer could help you with the following:

  • Identifying the at-fault party and proving liability
  • Collecting evidence, including photos or videos of the accident, medical records, correspondence related to the accident, and other valuable information
  • Investigating the accident that caused your injuries
  • Consulting with experts such as physicians and economists to determine the full extent of your damages 
  • Dealing with the insurance company, which may try to avoid paying a fair settlement
  • Quantifying the amount of medical treatment and assisted care you may need in the future to continue treating your injuries and living a fulfilling life
  • Completing legal paperwork
  • Staying on top of important deadlines, such as the 3-year statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits
  • Advocating for your rights and interests in a negotiation or litigation, if necessary
  • Providing compassionate and understanding counsel throughout the process

Potential Compensation You Can Recover After a Catastrophic Injury

If you suffered a catastrophic injury because of someone else’s negligent or wrongful actions, you may be able to recover compensation (also called damages) for your economic and non-economic losses. The amount and type of damages you can recover will depend on the severity of your injuries, the egregiousness of the conduct, and the percentage of fault by the negligent party. 

With the help of a South Carolina catastrophic injury lawyer, you might be able to recover compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future and ongoing medical treatment (which may be significant and lengthy, especially for severe injuries that result in permanent disability)
  • Cost of home health care assistance
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished future earning capacity if your injuries prevent you from returning to your job or other gainful employment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium

Depending on the circumstances of your accident, a jury could award punitive damages in your case. Punitive damages are meant to punish the at-fault party for “willful, wanton, or reckless conduct” and deter similar conduct in the future. Punitive damages may be awarded if:

  • The victim asks for them
  • The jury first awards compensatory damages (economic and non-economic)
  • The victim provides “clear and convincing evidence” of the at-fault party’s egregious actions
  • The court agrees with the jury’s decision

Contact a Knowledgeable South Carolina Lawyer for Severe Injuries for Help with Your Claim

If you suffered a catastrophic injury in an accident in South Carolina, contact The Melonakos Law Firm today. If someone else’s negligence caused the accident, we could help you hold them accountable and seek fair compensation for your medical bills, ongoing care and treatment, lost wages, future earnings, and more. 

Our consultations are always free of charge. If you hire us, we’ll represent you on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t have to pay us a thing until we win your case. There’s no risk to reach out to us to discuss your situation, so call us or contact us online now. 

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