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Lafayette Catastrophic Injuries Lawyer

Lafayette Catastrophic Injury Attorney

A catastrophic accident is a life-changing event. Victims are often left dealing with long-term injuries or loved ones are left grieving a loss of a loved one.

For 30 years, the Lafayette law firm of Craig A. Davis, APLC has dedicated our practice to producing real results for real people whose lives have been impacted by negligence.

If you sustained a devastating injury or you have lost someone you love in an accident because of someone else’s negligence or malicious intent. Our Lafayette catastrophic injury lawyer can help you recover compensation for your losses and begin restoring your life.

How Can a Catastrophic Injuries Attorney Help You?

 A catastrophic injury lawyer builds your case and presents evidence to the insurance company and court to prove your right to compensation for your claim.

Unfortunately, after a catastrophic injury, the medical expenses can add up quickly during the time you are unable to work. Some ways an attorney can help you get the compensation you need as soon as possible include:

  • Gathering the evidence necessary to prove negligence
  • Represent you to the insurance companies during settlement conferences and work to negotiate a top-dollar payout on your behalf
  • Investigating the accident and aftermath to collect documentation proving your claims
  • Completing and filing all the necessary paperwork with the insurer and the court
  • Interviewing eyewitnesses and drafting questions for depositions

Most importantly, your catastrophic injury lawyer protects you from violations of your rights and offers a safe space to turn to for answers during the legal process. 

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What Is A Catastrophic Injury?

What qualifies as a catastrophic injury? Severity is the indicator. Injuries resulting in paralysis, permanent disability, organ trauma, loss of limbs or sensory impairment are considered catastrophic.

Injury Examples of Catastrophic Injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries, ranging from concussions to objects penetrating the skull
  • Spinal cord injuries, including stretching and severing the spinal cord
  • Crushing and amputation injuries
  • Severe burns, which are often life-threatening and require extensive medical intervention
  • Internal bleeding and compound breaks or fractures

If you have suffered a catastrophic injury or are caring for a loved one who has, contact our catastrophic injury lawyers today to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the financial compensation you will need now, and going forward.

Consult With A Lafayette Personal Injury Lawyer Today

For over 30 years, Craig and his team has helped thousands of personal injury victims pursue compensation for damages owed to them. We are dedicated to providing competent, compassionate legal support, and giving you and your family the personalized attention you deserve. Our lawyers are committed to fighting for your rights and helping you recover maximum compensation for your injuries and losses. Give us a call today. Our conversations are always free and you don’t pay anything unless we win your case!

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What Is The Value Of My Claim?

The value of a catastrophic injury case differs from person to person and claim to claim. Catastrophic injuries typically take longer to heal when the patient can fully recover from the physical damages so they are different than most personal injury cases.

Some statistics of cost while recovering from a catastrophic injury are staggering:

  • According to The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation the average paraplegic cost $567,011 in the first year and $75,112 for each subsequent year 
  • Someone who is burned will spend anywhere between $200,000 to $10 million dollars depending on severity. 
  • A traumatic brain injury will cost anywhere between $85,000 to $3 million depending on severity.

What’s clear is that catastrophic injuries are expensive, and the costs will vary from one person to another. As a result, there’s no standard settlement or average cost for catastrophic injury claims.

Factors that will drive the value of your case include:

Is your catastrophic injury permanent? What type of medical treatment will you require, and for how long? How has your earning capacity changed since you were catastrophically injured? Are you getting blamed for your catastrophic injury? What insurance benefits are available, and what are the policy limits? How old are you? How has the injury affected your psychological and emotional well-being?


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Common Causes Of Catastrophic Injuries In Lafayette

Catastrophic injuries are life changing, and leave our clients physically, emotionally, and financially strained going forward. Here are some common causes that we have seen over our 30 years of practicing law in Louisiana.

How Do I Prove Negligence?

Did the person who caused your accident have a responsibility to ensure you were reasonably safe when the accident occurred? 

They breached that duty of care

Did the person do something that would violate that duty? For example, speeding, driving under the influence or ignoring traffic signals would constitute a breach of duty.

Their violation resulted in your accident

Did their actions directly result in the accident that caused your injury? For example, if a truck driver ran a red light, hitting a vehicle with the right of way, the truck driver’s traffic violation caused the accident.

The accident resulted in your injuries and damages

Did you suffer injuries and resulting damages due to the accident?

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have to file a catastrophic injuries claim?

Under Louisiana state law, you will have just one year to pursue compensation after you’ve sustained catastrophic injuries in a Lafayette accident. The statute of limitations begins to run on the date you were injured or the date your injury is discovered, whichever is later.

What if I was injured at work with a catastrophic injury?

If you were injured at work, you would qualify for a workers compensation claim

What if my loved one does not survive their injuries?

When an accident victim suffers catastrophic injuries, the recovery process is often long and arduous. Depending on the type of injury, the process may not be successful, resulting in the death of the person who was hurt. If this is true for your family member, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party who caused the accident and the resulting injuries.

Will my case go to court?

While an estimated 96% of all personal injury cases end in a settlement outside of the courtroom, we are not afraid to bring any case to the courtroom. Facts are that insurance companies value cases more if they know the case is going to trial. This is why our firm stays ready to bring any of our cases to court. 

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