If you or your loved one suffers a catastrophic injury, every aspect of life needs reassessing and restructuring. Many victims are unable to continue working in the same capacity they had prior to the accident and disability.
Fortunately, when the injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, there are forms of legal recourse. The victim or victim’s family can pursue compensation from the responsible party via an injury claim or by taking him or her to court.
One of the benefits that can be accounted for in a settlement is vocational retraining. Learning a new job skill or trade can help the victim reenter the workforce in a position of which he or she is capable.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
An injury is considered catastrophic because of the huge impact it places on the victim’s and the victim’s families’ lives. Catastrophic injury claims can stem from various types of accidents, from car accidents to premises liability accidents.
Some of the injuries that fall under the label ‘catastrophic’ include:
- spinal cord injury;
- loss of limb;
- eye injury;
- back injury;
- head trauma;
- organ damage;
- severe burns and disfigurement; and
- crushed bones.
Catastrophic Injury Settlements: Permanent Disability
If you or your loved one has recently suffered a catastrophic injury as the result of another party’s carelessness or negligent behavior, you will most likely be able to include compensation for permanent disability (or permanent partial disability) in the settlement.
An attorney can help calculate the future expenses the injury will cause:
- medical expenses;
- lost employment time;
- medications and doctor visits;
- physical and occupational therapy;
- loss of employability and promotion;
- medical aides, prosthetics;
- transportation expenses to attend medical appointments; and
- vocational retraining and education.
It’s important include all current and future expenses related to the injury into the claim because you don’t want to inadvertently overlook compensation for which you or your loved one is actually eligible.
Work with an attorney to accurately arrive at a comprehensive settlement offer that takes all possible damages into consideration.
Job Retraining and Education
With many catastrophic injuries, you or your loved one may not be able to work the same job or in the same capacity as you did prior to the accident. However, a return to the workforce may be possible upon learning a new job skill not limited by the accident or disability.
Request payment for vocational expenses in your injury claim. This type of job retraining and education can include:
- counseling services;
- vocational assessment;
- job placement assistance;
- on-the-job training;
- education opportunities;
- job retraining; and
- follow-up services.
Vocational retraining is a valuable benefit, and can afford the injured person help with a new start. For details on exactly what damages are recoverable in a claim or lawsuit, speak with a personal injury lawyer in your area.
Counsel from an Injury Attorney in Aurora
For questions regarding a catastrophic injury case, contact personal injury attorney D.J. Banovitz. We can go over the details of the accident and disability, what damages may be claimed, and how to go about getting the best possible settlement award. Call us today at 303-300-5060 for a free, no-obligation consultation.