With the possible exception of wrongful death cases, some of the toughest cases we handle at Marcus & Mack are personal injury claims with catastrophic injuries. These cases involve a tremendous amount of pain and suffering on the part of our clients and their families. They also impose additional responsibilities on our part to ensure that justice is done and that our clients get what they’re entitled to. Continue reading below to learn about just a few of those additional obligations.
Giving the Jury A Realistic Picture of your Life
Catastrophic injuries give rise to drastic changes in your quality of life. Whether you’ve suffered a severe spinal injury resulting in paralysis or an injury that created a need for the amputation of a limb, your physical reality must now take into account limitations and restrictions you weren’t subject to before the accident.
In order to give the jury in your case a realistic picture of what it’s like to walk a mile in your shoes, we often film “day-in-the-life” videos of our clients going about their business. It’s one thing to tell a jury about the difficulties you encounter every day because of your injuries. It’s another thing entirely for the jury to see that first hand. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video can be even more powerful.
We might also require the services of a certified life care planner. This professional will gather information from the client, and will even spend a day with the client, learning about his/her needs. This expert will then create a “life care plan” which is a document that itemizes all of the costs required to provide care to the injury victim for the duration of his or her life. This includes more than just medical supplies and doctors visits. This could also include things such as modifications necessary to make the living space accessible. This could also include modified vehicles, wheelchairs, and so on. This information, when provided to the jury, can have a significant impact on the jurors’ ability to recognize what you’re going through and empathize with your situation. It can also affect the damages you’re entitled to recover at the end of the case.
While prosecuting a catastrophic injury claim, it is important that you have experienced legal representation that knows how to best present your case. The attorneys at Marcus & Mack have the experience and financial resources to make sure that you are fully compensated for all of your injuries and for the expenses necessary to allow you to move forward with your life.
Making Sure You Keep Everything You Get
Sometimes, depending on the nature of your insurance policies, your circumstances, and the circumstances of the accident, you might be entitled to significant benefits as a result of suffering a catastrophic injury in an accident. For example, your health insurance might provide for additional care in the event of an accident should you lose a limb or become visually impaired.
It’s important to you, and to us, that you remain entitled to those benefits even if you receive a large award of damages after a trial or settlement. After all, there’s not much sense in fighting tooth and nail for damages if that amount of money is just going to be clawed back by an insurance company looking out for its bottom line.
For that reason, we pay close attention to the details of your policies, your circumstances, and Pennsylvania law, to ensure that you keep all of your benefits while also keeping as much money in your pocket as is humanly possible. The last thing we want is for you to be successful at trial only to lose out on benefits you might otherwise enjoy.
Through our representation of catastrophically injured clients over the years, we’ve seen how much trauma and pain these sorts of accidents can cause to everyone involved. Our job is to make your life just a little bit easier by standing in your corner and helping you achieve justice for yourself and your family.
When you’ve suffered serious injuries, the last thing you need is a lawyer who’s just going to settle at the first sign of a fight. You need a lawyer who will go the extra mile to make sure the jury understands just how severely your life has been impacted, and will continue to be impacted, by the injuries you suffered.
Call us today at Marcus & Mack and we’ll ensure you get compassionate and forceful representation from a team of legal experts who are committed to doing what’s best for you.