If you have lost a loved one or otherwise suffered a catastrophic injury due to the fault of another, then you and/or your family members may have a claim for damages under North Carolina law.

Catastrophic Injury Claims

Other than fatal injuries under the North Carolina Wrongful Death Act, catastrophic injuries are the most severe and serious of injuries.  Catastrophic injuries completely change the life of the victim and the victims’ family members who must now render constant care to their loved one suffering from a catastrophic injury.  Catastrophic injuries include, but are not limited to the following injuries:

  • Severe head injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
  • Injury to the Spine
  • Paralysis
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional Distress such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Injuries that cause Significant Scarring
  • Loss of limb/amputation
  • Organ damage
  • Severe burn injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Loss of vision
  • Loss of hearing

Among the most common of catastrophic injuries, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries damage the central nervous system and impair numerous other bodily functions, ultimately resulting in cognitive and/or physical disability. Catastrophic injuries often require multiple surgeries and almost always need extensive medical treatment.  Those afflicted with a catastrophic injury must adjust to a life lived in constant pain and discomfort and find some way to afford the exorbitant cost of their medical care.

Wrongful Death Claims

The North Carolina Wrongful Death Act (the “Act”) defines a wrongful death claim as arising from a death caused by the wrongful act, neglect or fault of another. Pursuant to the Act, the deceased’s beneficiaries have a cause of action for Wrongful Death against the wrongdoer, and they are entitled to damages that would place them in the same financial position they would have otherwise enjoyed had the deceased not been fatally injured.                               

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At DeMent, Askew & Johnson, our catastrophic injury and wrongful death attorneys have over 40 years of experience in handling these specific type of cases.  Call us today for a free consultation today at 919-833-5555.



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In a unanimous opinion filed on December 18, 2018, a three-judge Court of Appeals panel affirmed the $6.12 Million Dollar jury verdict Mr. Johnson and associate Chynna Smith won on behalf of their client, a former state firearms examiner, Beth Desmond, in her libel case against the Raleigh News & Observer and reporter Mandy Locke.…

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