Seattle Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
Catastrophic Injury Lawsuits in Washington
Generally speaking, a catastrophic injury is one that results in significant and/or permanent impairment of a bodily function, member, or organ. These injuries are incredibly devastating and often require extensive medical attention, as well as ongoing and even lifelong care.
At Emery Reddy Serious Injury Department, we dedicate our practice to representing victims of catastrophic injuries and their families. We understand the unique challenges these injuries present, as well as how difficult it can be to heal and move forward. Our experienced Seattle catastrophic injury attorneys are committed to holding negligent parties accountable and recovering maximum compensation on behalf of the severely injured.
If you or your loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, resulting in significant impairment and hardship, call Emery Reddy Serious Injury Department now at (206) 202-2562. We offer free consultations to all new and prospective clients.
Who We Help
Our firm helps motor vehicle accident victims, construction workers, first responders, firefighters, police officers, healthcare workers, and other severely injured individuals as they navigate the legal process. We are honored to serve as a voice for the voiceless, and proudly fight on behalf of essential workers who so often put their lives on the line to save others.
We represent clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to:
- Birth injuries
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Dangerous property conditions
- Workplace accidents
We recognize that many catastrophic injury victims are left with devastating physical and/or cognitive impairments, which may prevent them from taking legal action on their own behalf. To that end, we provide compassionate legal counsel to the families and loved ones of severely injured individuals. If someone you care about has suffered a life-altering injury as a result of someone else’s careless, reckless, or wrongful conduct, reach out to our Seattle catastrophic injury attorneys to learn how we can help your family heal.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury?
There is no set definition of a “catastrophic injury,” but most agree that any injury resulting in significant and/or permanent physical, mental, or cognitive disability, impairment, or limitation can be classified as “catastrophic.”
Some examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Amputation/loss of limb
- Second- and third-degree burns
- Significant scarring and disfigurement
- Eye injuries
- Hearing damage/loss
- Head, neck, and back injuries
- Serious bone fractures
Additionally, some types of chronic, incurable illnesses and health conditions may be classified as “catastrophic injuries.” For example, mesothelioma, a type of deadly cancer frequently caused by asbestos exposure, could be considered catastrophic, as could various medical conditions resulting from toxic exposure or environmental contamination.
How Catastrophic Injuries Are Different from Standard Personal Injury Claims
On the surface, legal cases involving catastrophic injuries and regular, less-serious injuries may appear the same or, at the very least, extremely similar. However, there are several major differences between catastrophic injury cases and standard personal injury claims.
Some of these differences include:
- The Severity of the Victim’s Injuries: By nature, catastrophic injuries are simply more severe than other types of injuries. As a result, they have greater, more life-altering effects. Catastrophic injury victims are far more likely to suffer permanent disabilities and impairments compared to victims of other, less-serious injuries.
- The Cost of Medical Care: Because catastrophic injuries are so severe, they often require far more extensive medical treatment than other types of injuries. As a result, victims (and their families) face significantly higher medical expenses. The average catastrophic injury victim may require hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of medical treatment and ongoing care.
- The Extent of the Victim’s Damages: In addition to exorbitant medical bills and related expenses, catastrophic injury victims are more likely to sustain a greater degree of economic and non-economic losses compared to less-severely injured victims. This includes extensive pain and suffering, years of lost income, and an overall diminished quality of life.
Due to the generally higher value of catastrophic injury cases, insurance companies and other liable parties are heavily invested in disputing, devaluing, and denying these types of claims. Often, the use of medical professionals and other expert witnesses is required to prove the severity of the victim’s injuries, as well as the extent and nature of their damages.
At Emery Reddy Serious Injury Department, we have long-established relationships with the local medical community. We frequently work with highly qualified and renowned healthcare experts who provide powerful testimony on behalf of our clients. We are familiar with the complex nature of catastrophic injuries, and we know how to build persuasive, evidence-based cases that we then present before judges and juries.
Our collaborative approach means that every client gets the full resources and experience of our firm. Instead of just one attorney, you get an entire team of seasoned trial lawyers and industry experts working on your case.
Over $200 Million Recovered for Our Clients
At Emery Reddy Serious Injury Department, we know that a catastrophic injury can lead to unimaginable hardships, both for victims and their loved ones. We strive to recover the full, fair compensation our clients need to navigate the recovery process and move forward with their lives. Our Seattle catastrophic injury attorneys can help you or your loved one seek compensation for current and future medical expenses, lost income and benefits, pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life, disfigurement, anguish, post-traumatic stress disorder, counseling, and more. To date, our team has recovered more than $200 million in settlements and verdicts, including many million- and multimillion-dollar results.
We offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe any legal fees when you hire our firm unless we recover compensation for you. There are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs for our clients.
To learn more, including how we can help you fight for the justice you and your family deserve, call (206) 202-2562 or contact us online and request a complimentary consultation.