The duration of expected disability and the extent of injuries are factors used to determine whether injuries are “catastrophic”. However, medical professionals often disagree about these matters. It commonly takes years to make an accurate assessment of the full extent of injuries, particularly in regard to psychological damage. Developing an accurate prognosis is often impossible until all appropriate medical procedures have been performed and treatments have been completed. Again, this commonly takes years.
When children are victims of catastrophic injury, it is generally prudent to wait until they have become adults before settling their claims. This can involve legal representation and assistance spanning decades.
At Pappin Law, we will discuss the relative merits of negotiating a settlement of a claim or taking it to court for determination. We will also explain what we believe is the optimal time to conclude a claim. But we will never settle a claim without the input and approval of our client. Regardless of how long it takes, we’re in for the long haul to ensure the best interests of our clients are served.