New Hampshire Catastrophic Injury Lawyers Serving Plaintiffs and their Families in Hanover
Whether you are running a quick errand or performing a risky task at work, a catastrophic injury can be permanently debilitating and can lead to death. If you or someone you love suffered a catastrophic injury, it is critical to seek advice from a Hanover catastrophic injury lawyer about seeking financial compensation for your losses.
Catastrophic injuries frequently occur in large truck and commercial motor vehicle collisions, cases in which our firm has significant experience. We are part of the Association of Truck Accident Lawyers and the AAJ trucking Litigation Group, and we were recently selected to the National Trial Lawyers Top Truck Accident Lawyers. No matter what kind of accident resulted in your catastrophic injuries, we will get on the scene as soon as possible, and in significant crashes, we will do everything we can to beat the insurance company to the scene, too. Our attorneys use the best experts from across the nation, and we have a history of getting eight-figure and seven-figure results for injured plaintiffs. We are built for these types of cases. We will go to you.
What is a Catastrophic Injury in Hanover?
There are many different ways to define a catastrophic injury, but the definition provided by the U.S. Code can be helpful for understanding what distinguishes a serious injury from a catastrophic injury. According to federal law, a catastrophic injury “means consequences of an injury that permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.”
Generally speaking, catastrophic injuries tend to include life-threatening and permanently disabling harms. With catastrophic injuries, it is essential for injury victims and their families to seek compensation to cover the high immediate costs of hospital bills and lost wages, as well as the costs associated with future lost wages and follow-up medical treatments and care.
Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries in Hanover
Catastrophic injuries can take many forms, including but not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Loss of sight;
- Burn injuries; and
- Organ damage.
Accidents in Hanover Resulting in Catastrophic Injuries
Many different types of accidents in Hanover can lead to catastrophic injuries, including but not limited to the following:
- Trucking accidents;
- Commercial vehicle collisions;
- Car accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents;
- Defective product injuries;
- Slips and falls, loading dock injuries, and other premises liability cases;
- Medical malpractice claims; and
- Workplace accidents.
Statute of Limitations in a Hanover Catastrophic Injury Case
How much time do you have to file a catastrophic injury case in Hanover? Regardless of whether or not you begin the process of seeking financial compensation with an insurance claim, you will need to file a lawsuit against the liable party or parties before the statute of limitations runs out. Under New Hampshire law, most personal injury lawsuits must be filed within three years from the date of the injury.
However, the statute of limitations is slightly different if you lost a loved one in an accident that resulted in a fatal catastrophic injury. The statute of limitations is still three years, but the clock starts ticking on a different date. Rather than starting the clock on the date of the injury, the clock in a wrongful death lawsuit begins ticking on the date of the deceased’s death. Accordingly, if the deceased remains hospitalized with catastrophic injuries for several weeks or months before succumbing to the injuries, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within three years from the date of death.
Personal Injury Versus Wrongful Death in a Catastrophic Injury Claim in Hanover
When it comes to catastrophic injuries in Hanover, it is important to understand the distinction between a personal injury lawsuit and a wrongful death lawsuit. In a personal injury case, the injured party (i.e., the person who suffered the catastrophic injury) is the one who has the ability to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party or parties. Differently, in a wrongful death lawsuit, the person who suffered a deadly catastrophic injury is no longer alive to file a claim on his or her own behalf. Instead, any person with an interest in the deceased’s estate—often a close surviving family member like a spouse or parent or adult child—can file a case.
Contact Our Hanover Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
If you recently sustained catastrophic injuries in a Hanover accident, or if you lost a loved one in an accident that caused catastrophic injuries, our firm can help you to seek the financial compensation you deserve. An experienced Hanover catastrophic injury attorney can examine your case and can discuss options for seeking financial compensation, from filing an auto insurance claim to filing a lawsuit against the responsible or liable parties. Contact Sabbeth Law to learn more about the services we provide to plaintiffs and their families in Hanover and throughout New Hampshire.