Catastrophic Injury Lawyer [When to Hire]
April 5, 2022
Understanding When to Hire a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
Suffering a severe injury from an accident can have catastrophic effects on your life. If you or a loved one has experienced this type of injury, a personal injury lawyer can help. Working with Jack Hoyt, a catastrophic injury lawyer at Hoyt & Hoyt, PC, is essential. He can help you understand your rights and fight on your behalf so you can receive the justice and compensation you deserve for your injury.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
Injuries are considered catastrophic when they impact your life long-term. Catastrophic injuries may require surgery, an extended stay in the hospital, or ongoing treatment as part of your recovery. This type of injury can result in expensive medical bills and time away from work. In the most severe cases, it can leave you permanently disabled.
Types of catastrophic injuries include:
- Birth injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
4 Ways a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Protects Your Rights
When an accident leaves you with lifelong consequences, reach out to a Hoyt & Hoyt as soon as possible. Jack Hoyt can determine if your injury resulted from someone else’s carelessness, neglect, or willful misconduct and what legal options you can pursue.
Having an attorney’s assistance from the beginning helps build a stronger personal injury claim, which may increase the compensation you receive. Your lawyer protects your rights by:
1. Preserving Evidence
A lawyer can work to save evidence to help strengthen your claim. If you suffered your injury in a car accident due to a driver’s negligence, your lawyer can visit local businesses near the accident scene to ask for surveillance footage.
They can also review the police report to determine liability in the accident. Photos and videos of the accident and witness statements can give an unbiased view of the event.
2. Documenting Injuries
If you’re submitting a claim, you need a physician to document your injury and prescribe treatment for it. Once the evidence is presented to Hoyt & Hoyt, we’ll use it to ensure you get the compensation needed for current and future care.
3. Filing Your Claim Within the Statute of Limitations
Injured people in New Jersey need to submit personal injury claims within a specific deadline. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is within two years of the accident.
If you miss this deadline, you are ineligible to receive compensation. Hiring an attorney as soon as possible helps you navigate the claims process and meet the deadline.
4. Negotiating Your Settlement with the Insurance Company
Insurance companies may give you an initial settlement offer right after your accident. If you have a catastrophic injury that leaves you unable to work for an extended period, it might be tempting to accept the offer to help you cover the cost of your medical bills.
However, settling for the initial offer without first consulting an attorney is a mistake. The amount awarded may only help for the short term and leave you struggling to pay for injury-related expenses in the future.
Once you accept a settlement, you can’t file an additional claim if you need more funds. Jack Hoyt knows how insurance companies operate and can help you determine how much compensation you need. He’ll negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to get you a fair settlement for the injuries you sustained.
Get Legal Help with a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
When you experience catastrophic injuries, consider Hoyt & Hoyt, PC. We have the resources and experience you need to maximize your compensation. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.