Serious injuries often result in complex and sizeable claims, and without an attorney by your side, it can be difficult to obtain the settlement or award you truly deserve. The at fault party and their insurer will do what they can to diminish their responsibility and get you to accept a lower settlement than you are entitled. This can create significant issues if the settlement does not cover your future medical expenses or the true financial impact of your reduced earning capacity. To avoid these issues, contact our St. Louis personal injury lawyers with The Cagle Law Firm at (314) 276-1681 or use our online form to schedule a free consultation.
Why You Need an Injury Attorney for Serious Injuries
There are significant differences in insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits that deal with moderate versus significant injuries. If you are expected to fully recover from your injuries, then your attorney will focus on compensation that covers your past and current expenses. There may be no need to address a reduced earning capacity, disability, disfigurement, loss of quality of life, or loss of an intimate relationship with your spouse. When you experience a serious injury, these damages may move to the forefront.
You need an attorney who is experienced in calculating these types of economic and non-economic damages and who is ready to aggressively negotiate for the maximum compensation possible in your case. You need attorneys who are not afraid to go after a significant sum when that is what you not only need, but also deserve under the law. Our St. Louis serious injury lawyers at The Cagle Law Firm are not intimidate by complex or high-value cases. We are prepared to fight for the financial recovery you need to move forward in life.
Common Serious Accident Injuries
At The Cagle Law Firm, we are prepared to take on serious injury cases, including but not limited to:
- Spinal Cord Injury
You may suffer any number of spine and spinal cord injuries in an incident, from dislocated and ruptured discs to fractured or crushed vertebrae. In some cases, you may avoid damage to the spinal cord or suffer only minimal damage that may heal in the months following the incident. However, many spinal injuries result in severe damage to the spinal cord, which can result in permanent disabilities, including loss of function, weakness, altered or reduced sensation, lack of bladder and bowel control, sexual dysfunction, and more.
- Paralysis Injury
Spinal cord injuries may result in a paralysis injury. An incomplete spinal cord injury can affect movement and sensation to varying degrees. A complete spinal cord injury can result in loss of all function and sensation below the injury site. If the spinal cord injury is low on your spine, you may suffer from paraplegia, affecting your pelvis and legs. If the injury is higher up in your spine, you may suffer from tetraplegia, affecting all four limbs and your torso.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
TBIs range from minor, also known as a concussion, to moderate and severe. The more severe a TBI, the more likely it will cause permanent disabilities or limitations. A severe TBI can alter your personality, diminish your cognitive function, and reduce your physical capabilities. Certain aspects of your life may be impacted more than others. For instance, your mental abilities may return, yet you could suffer a loss of speech. It depends on the areas of the brain affected and how severe the damage.
- Muscle Crush Injury
A crush injury occurs when another object or incident causes compression on a part of the body for a prolonged period of time, such as if a heavy object is laying on top one of your limbs. This prolonged compression can lead to compression syndrome, which involves poor blood flow to surrounding tissue, or crush syndrome, which includes the quick breakdown of skeletal muscle in the area. Either syndrome can lead to nerve damage, muscle loss, reduced function, paralysis, and loss of limb.
- Burn Injury
Burns can vary greatly in type and degree. You may suffer burns from chemicals, fire, or electrical shock. You can also suffer burns that range in severity, from first to sixth degree burns. First, second, and third degree burns are the most common, with first degree burns being the least severe. Fourth, fifth, and sixth degree burns are similar to third degree burns, yet with more severe effects, and are almost always fatal.
- Amputation Injury
You may suffer a number of injuries that result in a surgical amputation. For instance, a crush injury may cause too much damage for physicians to repair, and they may have to remove your limb to offer you the highest quality of life possible. You may also suffer an incident that causes a traumatic amputation, which means you lose your limb in the accident. Afterwards, surgeons may be able to recover your limb, or your wound may be treated so that it can heal.
- Disfiguring Injury
A disfiguring injury is one that alters your appearance, typically in a negative way. Injuries that cause significant soft tissue damage, such as lacerations, burns, and amputations often lead to permanent disfigurements.
- Chemical Inhalation
If you are exposed to a toxic substance and breathe it in, you could suffer injuries to your lungs, airways, throat, and mouth. The type and extent of your injuries can depend on the chemical you were exposed to, how long you inhaled, and how deeply you inhaled. The injury may be minor-to-moderate, which you can recover form in weeks or days. However, chemical inhalation can also cause permanent damage.
This injury is a lung disease resulting from breathing in silica. In most cases, you may be exposed to silica dust at your work. Breathing it in repeatedly, over time, can cause injury to your lungs. This injury may not present itself for years after the exposure.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, abdomen, and heart, which is rare and aggressive. The most common cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. While the use of asbestos has been significantly reduced in recent decades, you may have suffered consistent exposure in the past or work in an industry that still deals with the material.
Serious Injury Compensation
If you are seriously injured in an incident, it is essential that you fight for all of the compensation you can obtain. You are going to have a significant number of medical bills now and in the future. If you experience a physical limitation or disfigurement, you may have to alter a great deal about your life. For instance, if you require a wheelchair, you may need to move or renovate your home. A physical limitation may prevent you from returning to your previous job or even a comparable positon. If you are not able to earn the income you previous would, then your financial recovery needs to take this into account. Additionally, you need a St. Louis serious injury attorney to review the potential value of your non-economic injuries, such as your physical pain, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of quality of life.
At The Cagle Law Firm, we will concentrate on recovering the maximum compensation possible for all of your damages, including:
- Medical Costs
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Physical Limitations
- Loss of Future Earning Capacity
- Loss of Consortium and Companionship
- Punitive Damages, if applicable
We Help With the Claim Process
After being seriously injured in an accident, you will benefit from having an experienced and aggressive attorney guide you through the insurance claim process, and if necessary, through filing a personal injury lawsuit. At The Cagle Law Firm, our St. Louis serious injury lawyers will help you by:
- Determine who is at fault for the accident that caused your injuries
- Determine who is liable for compensating you
- Gather evidence of the other parties’ fault and liability
- Demand compensation from the insurer
- Negotiate an appropriate settlement on your behalf
- File a lawsuit in state or federal court
- Adhere to all deadlines, including the statute of limitations
- Participate in the discovery process
- Acquire necessary expert witnesses
- Fight for your rights in court
Let a St. Louis Serious Injury Lawyer Help
When you or a loved one are seriously hurt, you need to focus on your or your loved one’s physical and emotional recovery from the accident. Between obtaining the best medical care you can and trying to deal with the financial ramifications of the accident, you should not have to deal with an insurer or the legal process. Let us tackle these steps for you. Let our team at The Cagle Law Firm fight for you and your family. Call us at (314) 276-1681 or use our online form to schedule a free case consultation.