Serious Injuries

If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury in North Carolina, you don’t have to face the insurance company alone.

Most insurers make more by paying out less. But while you focus on your health, our catastrophic injury lawyers can handle the insurance company for you and can significantly increase your odds of receiving maximum compensation.

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Catastrophic Injury Lawyer for Those Hurt in North Carolina: We’re on Your Side

If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury due to another person’s negligence, you may have many questions about what comes next, including how you and your family can seek justice and compensation from the person who harmed you (or their insurance company). To speak to a real person right now about what happened to you or a loved one, call 1-866-900-7078. Get clarity on your case with no obligation.

For the answers to some common questions from people who’ve suffered catastrophic and serious injuries in North Carolina, keep on reading. Please know that you don’t have to face this alone. Our team is here to give you answers, guide you, and support you every step of the way.

What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

Generally, the term catastrophic injury applies to long-term, disabling, or permanent harm.

In North Carolina, there is no official definition of “catastrophic injury” for personal injury law. Some injuries are always catastrophic, like traumatic brain injuries. Other injuries may be catastrophic for you in particular because of your profession or lifestyle. Whether your injury is a catastrophic injury is based on the severity of your injury and may depend on the unique details and circumstances of your situation.

A list of typical differences between catastrophic and regular personal injuries.

What Do I Do if I Suffer a Catastrophic Injury?

If you suffer a catastrophic injury, there are steps you should take to protect your health and your rights, both in the short term and long term:

  • Seek immediate medical attention after your injury
  • Follow doctor’s orders. Follow-up care can be as important as emergency care
  • Notify your employer after you’ve gotten medical help
  • Document your symptoms to share with your doctors
  • Do not talk to the insurance company (they are protecting their interests, not yours)
  • Get a free case evaluation from a North Carolina catastrophic injury lawyer

Tip: If you were injured while working, you may have a workers’ compensation claim.

Remember, the unfortunate fact is that most insurers make more by paying out less on claims. If the insurance company has made you an offer and you’re wondering if it’s fair, we’ll evaluate your case for free. There is no obligation, so call 1-866-900-7078 today.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Some of the most common catastrophic injuries include:

Gold icon of a human brain.Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Other Head Injuries – Any injury that impairs the function of the brain. You can suffer significant disability from head injuries, whether they are “open”  Tip An “open” head injury means that something penetrated or broke the skull and entered the brain. or “closed” TipA “closed” head injury means the skull was not pierced, but that some force or impact has negatively affected the brain.


Gold icon of three spinal vertebra.Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) – An injury to the back or neck that results in pain, and often in reduced function and/or permanent impairment


Gold icon of an arm with a burn.Burn Injuries – These injuries are often debilitating and painful and can lead to permanent disfigurement


Gold icon of a wheelchair.Paralysis – An injury that limits or eliminates your ability to move or control a part of your body


Other types of catastrophic and serious injuries may include:

Gold icon of a person with a prosthetic arm.Loss of Digits or Limbs – Loss of fingers and toes can seriously affect daily life, and the loss of a limb is often disabling and traumatizing

Gold icon of an injured liver.Organ Damage
 – Internal organs can be injured from the force of a crash or fall, or from unsafe medications or medical devices


Gold icon of an injured eye.Eye Injuries – Whether due to objects or chemicals in the eye or eyes, these can be some of the most frightening injuries to suffer


Gold icon of a human nerve cell.Nerve Damage – Damage to the nervous system can cause constant pain, numbness, and discomfort, may be permanent, and can seriously harm your ability to function


Gold icon of a broken bone.Broken Bones – Bone fractures take time to heal, usually require a cast or some form of immobilization, and can affect your ability to function for long periods of time

Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

Some frequent causes of catastrophic injuries include:

If someone else’s negligence caused you catastrophic injury, however it happened, what matters is getting the care you need and the compensation you may deserve. Contact our catastrophic injury lawyers at 1-866-900-7078 or contact us online today for a complete case evaluation. There is no cost or obligation.

What Kind of Compensation Are You Owed for Your Catastrophic Injury?

Catastrophic injuries often carry a catastrophic financial burden for medical treatment for you, or a loved one, and the negligent parties should bear as much of that burden as possible.

You may be owed significant compensation for:

  • Current and future costs of medical care and treatment
  • Loss of future earning and business opportunities
  • Loss of consortium (harm to your marriage)
  • Emotional suffering
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability
  • Inability to enjoy life
  • Punitive damages (which are meant to punish the negligent party or parties)

Unfortunately, most insurance companies are for-profit and make more by paying out less on claims. You shouldn’t have to deal with the insurance company during this difficult time. An experienced attorney handles your case for you, levels the playing field with the insurance company, and can significantly increase your odds of receiving maximum compensation.

The higher the stakes, the harder the insurance company may fight. A serious injury lawyer in your corner with experience litigating high-value cases, if needed, can hugely impact the negotiations. Your case likely won’t go to trial. Just the threat of litigation can be powerful leverage – we’ll let the insurer know there’s a team of skilled professionals working behind the scenes to try to maximize your compensation and are able and willing to take your case to court if necessary.

Our Catastrophic Injury Lawyers Can Give You Clarity on Your Case

Since our firm began, we’ve helped more than 65,000 injured people recover more than $1.8 billion total.1 We have the experience and resources to take on the most powerful opponents – in fact, we spent more than $13,000,000 litigating a single case.1,3

Our skilled and compassionate attorneys can help you by:

  • Advising you, answering your questions, and guiding you every step of the way
  • Completing complicated paperwork for you within strict deadlines
  • Thoroughly investigating potential liable parties and applicable insurance policies
  • Building your case, including collecting and analyzing medical records and other evidence
  • Calculating the cost of your medical treatment, care, or assistance for as long as you may need it as well as all the other damages you may be entitled to
  • Negotiating with the insurance company and fighting to try to get you as much as possible, as fast as possible
  • Taking your case to trial if needed

There’s no need to worry about cost. You don’t have any fees to pay upfront and there is no retainer fee or hourly charges. And if we don’t recover compensation for you, you won’t owe us any attorney’s fee whatsoever. Guaranteed.2

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If you or your loved one have suffered a catastrophic or serious injury due to someone else’s negligence, call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin today at 1-866-900-7078 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.



What Makes an Injury “Catastrophic?”

To be considered catastrophic, an injury must generally have a long-lasting and severe effect on your life. Catastrophic injuries generally require a long recovery time and involve considerable medical costs.

How Much Compensation Can I Get to Help After I’ve Been Seriously Injured?

An experienced attorney tries to ensure you have sufficient compensation to get all required medical care now and in the future and that you receive as much compensation as possible for any lost earnings, pain and suffering, and more.

Do All Injury Attorneys Handle Catastrophic Injury Cases?

Any injury attorney may be able to, but when considering an attorney for your catastrophic injury case, we recommend that you ask about their experience handling such cases, examples of successes, and what resources they can invest in your case. Do they have an active trial team? Ensure you choose the right attorney for you and your situation.

What if I Sustain a Catastrophic Injury at Work?

Most North Carolina employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance by law. Report your injury to your employer in writing as soon as possible and consult with an experienced North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer before you agree to anything.