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Catastrophic InjuriesIf you or your loved one were the victims of a serious injury or catastrophic injury, you may be able to collect compensation for your injuries, as well as pain and suffering and lost wages.

Serious injuries can include amputations, spinal cord injuries, birth injuries, concussions, brain injuries, knee injuries, serious burns, back and neck injuries, or injuries that result in wrongful death.

Understanding Serious Injuries in Pittsburgh

Serious injuries are often called catastrophic injuries, and they can significantly alter a person’s way of life. In general, a catastrophic injury is one that creates a temporary or permanent disability for a victim or one that causes permanent scarring or disfigurement.

  • Spinal cord injury: Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries are not uncommon in the Pittsburgh area. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center shows that there are approximately 18,000 new spinal cord injury cases each year in the country. Researchers say that the first year of medical costs to treat a spinal cord injury can reach more than one million dollars.
  • Traumatic brain injury: Millions of people suffer from traumatic brain injuries each year, according to the CDC. These injuries can significantly alter a person’s physical and cognitive abilities.
  • Amputation injuries: Losing a limb is a life-altering event that can significantly impact a person’s ability to work or enjoy the activities they are accustomed to. Amputation injuries range from losing fingers, hands, and feet to a partial or total loss of arms and legs.
  • Severe burns: Burn injuries occur in a variety of ways, including fires, explosions, hazardous chemicals, and more. Severe burns can be incredibly painful and often lead to a victim needing excessive rehabilitation in order to make a full recovery. Burn injury victims are also prone to significant infections while they recover.
  • Birth injuries: Many birth injuries are caused by the negligence of medical professionals. A birth injury can have a significant impact on a child’s life, including their physical and cognitive impairment.
  • Significant scarring and disfigurement: There are various types of injuries that can lead to disfigurement and scarring for a victim. When a person’s appearance has changed due to an injury caused by another person, the injury victim is much more likely to suffer from long term emotional and psychological harm.

At SMT Legal, our attorneys also help families who have lost loved ones due to catastrophic injuries. Our Pittsburgh wrongful death attorneys will provide compassionate and skilled assistance to ensure you receive closure and compensation for what happened.

Filing a Catastrophic Injury Claim Against a Negligent Party

Each state is responsible for setting time limits for how long victims have to file a serious injury lawsuit against the person that caused them harm.

Catastrophic Injury Claim Statute of Limitations

The Pennsylvania statute of limitations is two years. This means that an injury victim generally has a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit against an alleged negligent party, or they will lose the ability to recover any compensation for their losses. There are some exceptions to this statute of limitations, so please speak to your Pittsburgh personal injury attorney immediately.

What Kind of Compensation is Available for a Serious Injury Case?

When someone suffers from a serious injury, his or her entire family is affected. Long-term care and chronic pain, as well as depression and a loss of quality of life also impact the the victim and family. At SMT Legal, we will give your case the personal attention you deserve and do everything possible to get money and compensation for your injury and its aftermath. Compensation that may be  available includes:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Current and future lost wages
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life

The goal of our experienced and aggressive Pittsburgh catastrophic injury lawyers is to get the maximum compensation you deserve.

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