Some personal injuries are so devastating that they are considered life-changing. Such catastrophic injuries include spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputation injuries and burn injuries. They require ongoing medical treatment, rehabilitation and adaptation to regain control of your life.
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury through the negligence of another, you should talk to a skilled personal injury lawyer. You have legal rights to seek compensation for the harm you have suffered to help pay your medical bills and expenses.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
Catastrophic injuries are injuries which cause an extended disruption of the daily functioning of an individual. These injuries have a major impact, not just on the victim, but also upon the family unit. Even if the injuries are not permanent, recovery may take months or even years. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury it is important to have the assistance of a St. Louis catastrophic injury lawyer in determining your damages. At The Cagle Law Firm the legal team has the experience and understanding of how far-reaching the effects of a catastrophic injury can be on both the individual and the entire family. Our legal team stands ready to assist you to prepare your claim for damages.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
There are several general types of catastrophic injuries. What catastrophic injuries have in common is a requirement for extensive, costly medical treatment, rehabilitation and physical therapy to stabilize and recover from the accident. Types of catastrophic accidents include:
- Spinal Cord Injury— Spinal cord injuries result from a blow to the back of the head, neck, or vertebrae. Nearly half are caused by motor vehicle accidents, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents. A fourth of this type of catastrophic injury are caused by falls. Males are more likely to suffer spinal cord injuries than women. Spinal cord injuries may result in partial or complete paralysis. Alcohol is a contributing factor to about 25 percent of spinal cord injuries.
- Amputation Injury— Nearly half of amputations result from trauma-related accidents. The force of a serious car accident or motorcycle accident can cause a catastrophic injury resulting in the amputation of an arm or leg. It may also result in a severely mangled or crushed limb, which can require amputation. Construction accidents and heavy equipment accidents also cause amputation injuries. An amputation injury often requires repeated surgeries and physical therapy to outfit a patient with a prosthesis.
- Traumatic Brain Injury— Damage to the brain may occur from a blow, an object hitting the head, or the head violently hitting an object such as a windshield or dashboard. A car or motorcycle accident, a fall or a serious workplace accident can cause a brain injury. Half of all traumatic brain injuries are due to motor vehicle accidents. Many traumatic brain injuries require surgery to repair ruptured blood vessels. The worst traumatic brain injuries can cause brain damage.
- Burn Injury—Approximately 45,000 people are hospitalized with serious burn injuries each year in the U.S. and about one third of them are children. People who suffer 3rd degree burn injuries often require skin grafts or application of artificial materials to protect exposed tissue. Blood infections and pneumonia are complications of catastrophic burn injuries.
When one has been injured through the negligence or wrongful act of another, this is grounds for a personal injury suit to recover damages. Depending on the degree of the injuries and the losses suffered by the individual, there may be a number of damages which may be claimed, for example, medical costs, future medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and loss of enjoyment of life. Contact the firm to discuss your case and determine how to move forward with your claim for compensation for damages. The legal team at the firm is aggressive in pursuing full compensation for injured clients.
In many cases, the victim of a catastrophic injury accident is entitled to compensation to cover the costs of medical care, therapy and ongoing treatment for the rest of his or her life. A knowledgeable St. Louis catastrophic injury attorney at The Cagle Law Firm is ready to help.