How can a personal injury lawyer help me if I sustained severe injuries?
Severe injuries are more than temporary ailments that clear up with minimal treatment and rest. They are often life-changing and result in long recoveries or permanent complications. If you sustained a severe injury, you may never be able to perform the same job functions or engage in the same activities you once did.
When someone sustains a severe injury, it's often caused by the negligence of another party. Some examples of how negligence lead to injuries include:
- Car and truck accidents
- Pedestrian and bicyclist accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Slip and falls
- Falls from heights
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Defective equipment, machinery, or materials
- Violent attacks due to negligent security
Common types of severe injuries
People who survive catastrophes often need emergency care, surgery, installation of medical devices, body part replacements, and months or years of rehabilitation. To manage pain during the recovery process, patients also take prescription medication and receive assistance with daily tasks.
Some examples of severe injuries include:
- Spinal cord damage that results in partial or total paralysis
- Amputations and/or crushed body parts
- Loss of function in a certain body part (loss of feeling, sight, hearing, etc.)
- Severe burns and lacerations
- Severe facial injuries that result in disfigurement
- Traumatic brain injury that results in permanent brain damage
- Multiple bone fractures
Recovering damages after sustaining a severe injury
To have a strong personal injury case, your severe injury must be causally connected to the negligence of another party. For example, if you were injured while doing yard work on your own property, it's very unlikely that your injury was linked to someone else's negligence. If your injury was linked to the negligent actions or failure to act reasonably and prudently, then you can make a legitimate claim against the at-fault party.
Proving that the other party's negligence led to your injury is the difficult part. This is where an in-depth investigation needs to be conducted by an experienced attorney. The legal team at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. obtains evidence by:
- Interviewing witnesses and asking them what they saw
- Examining video footage if available or obtainable
- Getting a copy of the official police report or incident report
- Examining the scene of the incident that led to your injury
- Getting a copy of your medical records
Why you should hire an attorney to handle your case
The New Hampshire attorneys at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. understand how devastating severe injuries are for victims and their families. We know how difficult it is to make ends meet and pay off mounting medical bills while you're unable to work. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients recover every dollar owed to them in current and estimated future damages. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Disability benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Insurance companies will likely try to downplay the value of your case to protect their bottom line. Be aware that if you accept any quick settlements without first consulting with an attorney, you could find yourself paying for your own medical expenses out of your own pocket. Moreover, you may only be compensated for a fraction of your damages. That's why you need an experienced attorney on your side who will fight to maximize your compensation.
Contact our New Hampshire law firm and schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. Our law offices are located in Dover and Portsmouth.