Our firm has been fighting for the rights of catastrophic injury victims and their families for over 35 years. We understand how profoundly a person’s life can change because of someone else’s negligence. Catastrophic injuries involve staggering medical expenses, loss of capacity to work, severe disability, lifelong medical care, and even, in some cases, adaptive equipment and home renovations for accessibility. With billions of dollars recovered, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience you need.* We fight hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve.
Catastrophic injuries often result in long term or pemanent disability or disfigurement. Unfortunately, these types of injuries afflict millions of people each year across the United States, and our firm sees first-hand the devastation they cause. Examples of catastrophic injuries facing victims nationwide include the following:
There is no question that the types injuries turn victims’ lives upside down and result in life-altering consequences. For example, a traumatic brain injury can lead to cognitive disabilities that prevent an injury victim from walking, talking, eating or performing other routine tasks that many of us take for granted. Paralysis victims generally are confined to a wheelchair and require homecare and handicap-accessible enhancements to their home. In many situations, 24-hour care is required to meet the most basic needs. Generally, catastrophic injuries are permanent in nature and can also lead to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health conditions. Spouses and other family members often need to alter their ways of life to compensate for their loved ones’ unexpected disability. When a person suffers from the above types of injuries because of someone else’s negligence, that person and their family require an extraordinary amount of financial compensation for what is lost.
Our attorneys work hard on behalf of each injured client in order to explore and aggressively pursue all avenues of recovery, prove the liability of the person(s) and/or company(s) responsible, quantify the nature and extent of the injury, and vigorously fight to obtain valuable compensation from those responsible.
Our attorneys and affiliated co-counsel serve clients nationwide.** If you or a family member has sustained catastrophic injuries in an accident, or because of an act of negligence, contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Nationwide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), dialing #WIN (#946) from your Cell Phone, submitting an online free case evaluation form, or by using our Free 24-Hour Live Chat at www.montlick.com.
Our firm handles catastrophic injury cases everyday, and have done so for over 35 years. We serve clients injured by all types of accidents caused by negligence. In the immediate aftermath of an accident involving catastrophic injuries, victims, assuming they are even conscious, are generally unable to confer with law enforcement personnel, let alone insurance companies. Instead, injured victims and their families understandably must turn their focus to medical care, and often doctors must work hard to save their lives. This is in addition to the fact that underrepresented plaintiffs are at a disadvantage when communicating with insurance companies. The insurance representatives’ objectives are to deny or minimize the value of a victims’ claims and, in many cases, take advantage of claimants’ lack of experience and familiarity of the law.
Our attorneys know the nuances of the law and how to navigate the complexities of the claims process. Our clients can focus on their health and getting well while we handle the legal matters. Depending on what happened, a variety of important evidence may have to be preserved and inspected in order to prove liability. Our firm is committed to exceptional customer service and transparency, and we fight to the fullest extent possible to recover financial compensation for our clients’ injuries and damages, while keeping them informed of important developments in their cases along the way. We examine each individual case carefully, and in many situations, we are able to identify potential avenues of recovery that our clients were not aware of and the insurance company did not disclose.
While no amount of money can fully compensate a catastrophic injury victim, each individual case is unique, and the amount of compensation each client receives depends on many factors, including, by way of example, the location where the incident ocurred, the facts and circumstances of what happened, the strength of liability, the likeability and credibility of witnesses to a jury and others.
Damages are one of the most important factors in determining the value of a case, and are in part determined by the costs of medical care, the permanency and extent of the victim’s disability, the impact on the victim’s quality of life, and the extent of pain and suffering. Our attorneys pursue all of the types of monetary damages that our clients are entitled to recover. Depending on the facts of a case and the applicable law, these may include compensation for:
In the appropriate case and depending on the nature and extent of the injury, the age of a given client, and the amount of money available to compensate the victim, our attorneys may employ financial experts to determine our clients’ lost income over a long period of time as well as future medical costs. Sometimes it is also necessary to determine the costs of making an injured victim’s home more handicap-accessible in light of the injury.
The amount of damages a victim might recover is specific to the facts and circumstances of a given case. As such, every individual claim is unique. Predicting the precise dollar amount of compensation that you and your family might receive from a claim is usually not possible at the beginning of your case but our attorneys are able to advise our clients on the range of predicted case values once all of the evidence has been assembled, we have learned the extent and long-term effects of the injury, we have reviewed all medical records and expenses, and evaluated the applicable law and the strength of the evidence. Our attorneys fight hard on behalf of each individual client in order to maximize the value of their claims under the applicable law. In the appropriate circumstances, and particularly if those responsible are refusing to offer enough money to compensate a given client, we are prepared to navigate the litigation process and ultimately take cases to trial.
Catastrophic injury victims do not have an indefinite period of time to pursue legal action. States have laws that limit the amount of time an injured victim has to file a lawsuit. Delaying in seeking legal assistance can result in the total of loss of all of your rights to recover damages against the person or company responsible for your injuries. These legal time deadlines, called statutes of limitations, apply to personal injury claims as well as all types of legal matters.
It is important to note that these statutes of limitations can vary significantly depending on the type of claim being asserted as well as the state in which the claim is brought (in some cases federal law will control). For example, a personal injury claim may have a different statute of limitations in a given state than, for example, a breach of contract claim. Additionally, when making claims against governmental entities, depending on the laws of a particular state, much shorter time deadlines can apply, as well as very specific notification requirements to the appropriate governmental entity. In the context of an automobile accident, injured victims’ own automobile policies (as well as those owned by members of the victim’s household family members) can provide additional insurance, such as uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, even if the victim’s vehicle was not involved in the accident. However, such policies commonly have timely notification requirements, meaning if a claim is not filed or the insurance company does not have formal notice within the contractually stated time period, the victim can lose the ability to pursue a claim against their own policy, which can be necessary for receiving substantial compensation. Due to the complexity involved in an analysis of all applicable deadlines, it is always best to get advice from an experienced attorney to ensure you comply with all requirements.
In addition to these legal and contractual deadlines, there are other reasons to act without delay: important evidence necessary for your case can disappear or become destroyed, or witnesses can go missing or forget what happened. Our attorneys act appropriately to preserve important evidence. We also ensure that required notices and actions are taken to preserve your rights to compensation.
If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury because of someone else’s negligence, contact our office nationwide today by calling 1-800-LAW-NEED 1-800-529-6333 to schedule your free consultation. You may also visit us online at www.Montlick.com to submit a free case evaluation form or participate in a 24/7 live chat.
*Dollars recovered are cumulative and not indicative of individual case results. Each case is unique. Results depend on the facts and applicable law.
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