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Catastrophic Injury & Wrongful Death

Disastrous situations that cause significant injury or death of a loved one can have a profound impact on every aspect of your life. When faced with a catastrophic injury or wrongful death claim, it’s essential to have compassionate legal representation that understands the unique challenges you are facing. At SWLA Injury Attorneys, our team of local personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping individuals and families in Lake Charles and Louisiana navigate the complex aftermath of such devastating circumstances.

Rebuilding Lives, One Case At A Time

At SWLA Injury Attorneys, our commitment goes beyond legal representation – it’s about rebuilding lives after the unimaginable. We understand that victims and their families face deep personal tragedies that will reshape the trajectory of their lives. Our dedicated team helps to restore financial stability, hope, dignity, and purpose after a catastrophic injury or wrongful death. When you trust us with your case, you’re placing it in the hands of professionals who are fervently committed to seeing you rise above adversity, and obtain justice.

How Can We Help You?

At SWLA Injury Attorneys, we work with a network of investigators, industry-leading accident reconstruction experts, doctors, and financial professionals who can provide invaluable insights and testimony to strengthen your case. Catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases often involve complex legal and insurance issues, and our skilled attorneys help victims navigate the intricacies of litigation and negotiations. We tenaciously advocate for your rights, negotiating with insurance companies and, if necessary, litigating your case to ensure a fair outcome. Our collaborative approach ensures that no stone is left unturned in pursuing the maximum compensation.

A Voice For Victims In The Aftermath Of A Trauma

If you’ve experienced a catastrophic injury, or have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, don’t navigate this challenging time without help from an attorney. We work closely with experts to assess the full extent of your damages, including medical expenses, ongoing rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, diminished quality of life, and more.
Our goal is to accurately quantify your losses and fight for compensation that reflects the true impact of your circumstances.
Contact the local wrongful death and catastrophic injury attorneys at SWLA Injury Attorneys for a free consultation. We are here to provide the legal support, guidance, and advocacy you need during this difficult time, to help you rebuild your life with the financial compensation that you deserve. Don’t wait, contact us today.

Catastrophic Injury & Wrongful Death

What is considered a catastrophic injury?

A catastrophic injury is typically defined as a severe injury that results in permanent disability, long-term medical conditions, or a shortened life expectancy. Such injuries often require extensive medical treatment, multiple surgeries, and long-term medical care, which can result in a need for life-long assistance or therapies.

Common examples of catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injury (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, severe burns, amputations, multiple broken or fractured bones, organ damage, loss of vision or hearing, and more. These injuries have profound physical implications, but can also cause severe emotional and psychological distress for victims and their families. Associated medical costs, rehabilitation needs, and potential lost wages or earning capacity make these injuries uniquely devastating and burdensome.

Should I hire an attorney after suffering a catastrophic injury?
If you’ve experienced a catastrophic injury, securing an attorney is crucial to seeking recourse. Such injuries involve detailed medical and financial reports that require expert navigation. An experienced attorney can ensure you receive full compensation, handle complex negotiations with insurance companies, preserve essential evidence, and adhere to legal timelines. Moreover, they offer peace of mind, allowing you to prioritize healing while they champion your rights and needs. Given the profound implications of life-changing injuries, having seasoned legal support is not just beneficial—it’s essential.
What is the difference between a wrongful death claim and survival claim?

A wrongful death claim and a survival claim are related and address distinct harms and losses experienced due to the death of an individual. However, a wrongful death claim is brought forth by the deceased’s family members or beneficiaries. It seeks compensation for their personal losses as a result of their loved one’s death, such as lost companionship, emotional anguish, lost financial support, and funeral expenses.

On the other hand, a survival claim is derived from the rights of the deceased person, had they survived. Essentially, while a wrongful death claim compensates loved ones for their losses, a survival claim addresses the losses the deceased would have been entitled to had they lived.

How long do I have to file a wrongful death and/or survival claim?
In Louisiana, the appropriate heirs have one year from the date of death to file a lawsuit for wrongful death/survival damages. However, there are some situations where the one-year clock does not begin to run until you discover the death was caused by negligence, for example, in medical malpractice. Consult an attorney to answer this question, as missing the deadline can result in the loss of the right to file a lawsuit.
How do catastrophic injury cases differ from personal injury cases?

Catastrophic injury cases and standard personal injury cases both fall under the umbrella of injury law, but they differ primarily in terms of the severity of the injuries and the implications for the victim. A catastrophic injury typically results in profound, often permanent, life-altering consequences. These cases involve injuries that lead to long-term or permanent disability, reduced life expectancy, and a radical change in the victim’s quality of life.

Due to the extreme nature of these injuries, catastrophic injury cases often entail higher medical costs, more extended periods of rehabilitation, lifelong care or assistance, and larger compensation claims. In contrast, standard personal injury cases usually involve injuries from which victims can recover fully or with fewer lasting impacts on their daily lives. These might encompass cases like minor car accidents, slip and fall incidents, or less severe medical malpractice. The stakes, both emotionally and financially, tend to be significantly higher in catastrophic injury cases compared to more routine personal injury claims.

What compensation can I receive for a catastrophic injury?

Victims may be entitled to damages that cover current and future medical expenses, given the extensive care and rehabilitation often required. Compensation can also be pursued for lost wages and the diminished capacity to earn in the future, recognizing the significant limitations these injuries may impose. Pain and suffering, both physical and emotional, are also key components of these claims, addressing the intense trauma and life-altering consequences faced by victims. Furthermore, in cases where negligence or malicious intent played a part, punitive damages might be awarded as a means to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar actions in the future. Each case is unique, so it’s essential to work with an experienced attorney who can accurately assess the full scope of damages pertinent to an individual’s circumstances.

What compensation can I receive for a wrongful death claim?
In Louisiana, compensation for a wrongful death claim can vary based on the specifics of each case. Generally, compensation may cover funeral and burial expenses, lost wages and benefits that the deceased would have earned, medical expenses incurred before death, and loss of companionship, love, and support from the deceased. Louisiana law does provide compensation for the grief and anguish experienced by the surviving family members. Every case is different, so working with an experienced wrongful death and catastrophic injury attorney can help the victim’s family hold the responsible parties accountable.