Accidents happen every day. Just one moment can leave even the most cautious and well-meaning citizens reeling after a vehicle accident, slip and fall, work injury, construction accident, and more. Fortunately, many accident victims will go on to make a full recovery and be able to pick up where they left off with their lives. For many others, however, their accident story will not have quite the same ending. For those who experience a serious injury, life may never be the same. Left with facing physical and emotional pain, the inability to work (or work in the same capacity as before the accident), and mounting financial pressure, these victims are in a unique and difficult situation. However, they do not have to accept these consequences alone. Serious injury victims in Delaware have legal options they can pursue to seek both justice and compensation for their injuries.
For those victims, and others, the experienced lawyers with the Morris James Personal Injury Group are here to help. Our skilled legal team has represented countless injury victims to help them secure the compensation they need to live successful and happy lives despite their grave injuries. Facing a serious injury can be overwhelming and scary, but it doesn’t have to be. If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury in Delaware, take a moment to fill out our online contact form. You’ll get a prompt response from a member of our team who can answer your questions and help you learn more about your rights.
What Are Serious Injuries in Delaware?
While it is possible to seek justice and obtain compensation for a wide range of personal injuries in Delaware, serious injuries are unique because they typically leave the victim with lifelong, debilitating physical and emotional issues. These injuries may be visible or hidden from the public’s view, but many injuries persist over the years and can affect all areas of a person’s life. Obvious injuries, such as limb amputations, severe burns, broken bones, and spinal cord injuries, can leave victims in physical pain, immobile, embarrassed, and frustrated. Additionally, these victims must often address a new set of needs—including home and vehicle modifications, transportation limitations, ongoing therapy, and more.
Though they may be less obvious to the casual observer, other injuries can also cause lasting physical and emotional pain for a serious injury victim. Brain injuries, concussions, scarring, and more may leave victims fighting private battles as they face the cognitive and emotional fallout of these injuries. Additionally, serious injuries can lead to the wrongful death of a victim. In those sad cases, the victim’s family is left to face not only a life without their loved one but also perhaps without their main source of income or childcare.
Serious injuries are those injuries that cause a victim and his family to need many years of medical attention, therapy, adaptive equipment, and more. Through no fault of their own, a victim must pay a high price for an accident they may not have caused at all.
Common Causes of Serious Injuries
Serious injuries can be caused by any number of unfortunate situations. Commonly, an accident due to someone else’s negligence results in the catastrophic injury to another. Negligence in Delaware is generally defined as one person’s failure to behave with reasonable care to prevent harm from coming to those around him. We all have a duty to act in a manner that supports the safety of everyone. When a person fails in that duty and an accident or injury results, they can be held accountable for their negligence.
That negligence can manifest itself in a variety of ways. Traffic accidents are common sources of serious injuries in Delaware. In 2014, there were 106 fatal vehicle accidents, which caused 121 deaths and countless injuries. Car accidents caused by impaired drivers, reckless drivers, and distracted drivers accounted for many serious crashes. Similarly, truck drivers who traveled fatigued or who failed to properly maintain their vehicles were responsible for many severe injuries. Traffic accidents involving motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians were also sources of these catastrophic personal injuries.
Unfortunately, serious injuries were sustained by victims due to other accidents, as well. Slip and fall injuries can be severe, as can those caused by defective products. Medical malpractice can also result in serious injuries to a patient despite the faith and trust put into medical professionals.
Types of Compensation Available to Delaware Serious Injury Victims
When it comes to compensation for a serious injury lawsuit, the state of Delaware does understand the needs of its victims. Unlike many other states, Delaware does not limit, or cap, the amount of compensation that can be awarded to a victim for a variety of reasons. Victims can recover both economic and non-economic damages. While the courts do require victims to show how and why they may need compensation, a monetary settlement can cover many aspects of a victim’s care and daily needs.
Compensation in cases of victims with serious injuries is especially important, as these injuries by nature leave victims less able to support themselves both now and in the future. Victims are often limited in their potential to earn income, as the injury may prevent them from working. At the same time, victims typically face mounting financial pressure, as medical bills begin to accrue nearly as soon as the injury occurs and the needs of their families do not cease because of the injury. A skilled injury attorney can help victims and their families recover the maximum amount of compensation to cover a variety of needs and losses, including:
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Lost benefits
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Home and vehicle modifications
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship or consortium
- Wrongful death
Securing this compensation is vital for victims of serious injuries. Their long-lasting injuries often affect the rest of their lives. If compensation is not secured in a timely fashion, it can inhibit the secure and successful future of the victim and their family. Victims should not have to struggle physically, emotionally, and financially because of someone else’s poor choice. The attorneys at the Morris James Personal Injury Group understand the importance of securing this compensation and protecting the rights of accident victims in Delaware.
What to Do If You Have Suffered a Serious Injury in Delaware
If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury, time is of the essence. Typically, injury victims have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Lawsuits against a city, county, or state government must be filed within one year. In addition to the clock imposed by the law, bills will begin to arrive shortly after an accident and injury. Victims should not have to carry any undue financial burden after an accident. Getting started on your claim today will give you and your family the best chance at a complete and successful outcome.
Additionally, it is important to retain the services of a skilled and experienced injury lawyer. They can help you learn more about your rights under the law and begin to gather the evidence and witness testimony necessary to obtain the maximum amount of compensation. Discussing your cause with a lawyer will ensure that you fully understand the scope of your situation and help you avoid common pitfalls.
One of those serious pitfalls includes talking about your accident, injury, or legal case with an insurance company or representative for the person responsible. While these people may seem honest and straightforward, they are out to meet only their own goals. They do not have your best interest at heart, and they will use anything you say to their advantage whenever possible. The right attorney can help you avoid these situations and ensure the continued protection and success of your legal case.
While it can be difficult to know how to find the right attorney, the lawyers at the Morris James Personal Injury group have a long track record of success for Delaware injury victims, and our clients understand that we work tirelessly to provide a comprehensive case to meet their unique needs. Don’t go it alone after a serious injury. Take a moment to fill out our online contact form today to learn more about how we can help protect your rights and your future.