Falls, motor-vehicle accidents, bicycle crashes, work accidents. These are all events, among others, that can cause catastrophic injuries for Clarkedale residents. Catastrophic injuries take many forms but share a common factor: they change your life, and the changes are costly on financial, physical, and emotional levels.
When someone else’s negligence causes the accident leading to your injuries, that party, not you, should shoulder the burden of the financial costs, and a Clarkedale personal injury lawyer can fight to ensure you do not. GKBM has fought for victims of catastrophic injuries for over four decades, and a Clarkedale catastrophic injury lawyer from our team is ready to fight for you.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Some catastrophic injury victims suffer more physically oriented injuries, while others see effects on their cognitive abilities. In some cases, victims suffer devastating losses to both their physical and cognitive capabilities. Whatever your situation, a skilled catastrophic injury attorney seeks substantial compensation to cover your damages.
Spinal Cord Injuries
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, spinal cord injuries (SCIs) result from a “traumatic injury” to the spine, causing the spinal cord to bruise or tear partially or completely. The spinal cord is the “bundle of nerves” responsible for carrying messages from the brain to other parts of the body to prompt movement and sensation.
SCIs can limit or destroy movement, strength, and sensation in parts of the body or leave victims paralyzed. Victims who experience quadriplegia are paralyzed from the neck down, and those with paraplegia lose function in their legs and lower parts of the body.
The effects of SCIs often cause damage in other parts of the body as the brain and body no longer communicate. Victims may lose sexual and bladder functions, experience respiratory problems, struggle with chronic pain and muscle spasms, develop pressure sores, and face higher risks for mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Forceful bumps, blows, and jolts to the head or body can cause traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), as can objects that puncture the skull, entering the brain, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke (NINDS).
These injuries can leave victims with temporary or permanent physical, cognitive, and behavioral consequences, including, but not limited to:
- Headaches, nausea, and vomiting
- Slurred speech and muscle weakness
- Double vision
- Problems with learning, memory, and critical thinking
- Fatigue or disrupted sleep
- Mood changes
Severe Bone Breaks and Amputations
Some bone breaks heal completely. A catastrophic bone injury does not. Instead, it leaves victims with long-term mobility issues or chronic pain, nerve damage, and even life-threatening infections.
Amputations come with more obvious effects, changing a victim’s physical function and appearance. Research from the National Library of Medicine (NIH) also shows the psychological trauma amputees experience. Social isolation and feelings of depression and despair, along with the frustration of adjusting to their new situations, are not uncommon.
Not only extremely painful, but serious burns require extensive medical interventions, which are also painful. Victims typically undergo skin grafts and surgical procedures and are at high risk for infection. Severe burns can go deep into the tissue under the skin, damaging nerves and internal organs.
Burns are also notably disfiguring and can limit physical functioning, conditions that lead to psycho-emotional pain in burn victims.
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How Compensation Helps Catastrophic Injury Victims
A catastrophic injury divides your life into “before” and “after.” Physical or cognitive tasks you could once perform with ease may no longer be available to you.
Victims often cannot work or earn in the same capacity as before their injury or may never return to work at all. They may lose the ability to care for themselves or move through their daily lives independently. They may need a lifetime of medical care, require outside help to fulfill responsibilities they cannot manage anymore, or even struggle to interact with those they love.
Clearly, these consequences come at a substantial cost to victims and their households. A catastrophic injury attorney in Clarkedale will work for a settlement, bringing relief through:
- Coverage for medical expenses, including anticipated future costs
- Recovery of lost income, and if victims cannot return to the workforce, recovery of lost future income and work benefits
- Compensation for property damaged in the accident and any other accident-related expenses, such as new costs for childcare or household maintenance
- Financial acknowledgment of the pain and suffering endured and for losses to quality of life
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A Clarkedale Catastrophic Injury Attorney Will Hold the At-Fault Party Accountable
You may sustain a catastrophic injury in a motor vehicle accident by falling down stairs in a poorly lit stairwell, from medical malpractice, or even from “just” slipping and falling on a wet floor. Whether the accident itself is major or minor, the resulting injuries can still be catastrophic.
To collect compensation, you must prove someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional act caused the accident leading to your injuries and damages. An experienced catastrophic injury lawyer in Clarkedale will identify that party and find the evidence needed. Your attorney will:
- Uncover every detail of your accident to find its cause
- Pinpoint the area (or areas) of the at-fault party’s negligence
- Show how that party’s negligence led to your accident
- Prove the accident led to your injuries and damages
- Value your losses and make a settlement demand adequate to cover your needs and provide justice
- Negotiate the settlement with the at-fault party’s representatives
- Represent you in court should you need to take your case to trial
GKBM has the resources, connections to experts, and decades of experience needed to take your case through every step of the process and produce a positive outcome.
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As the victim of a catastrophic injury, you have already suffered enough. It is time to move toward your highest level of recovery, gain opportunities for a better quality of life, and have the injustices you have endured set right to the fullest extent possible. To put yourself in the best position to achieve these outcomes, reach out to a Clarkedale catastrophic injury attorney from GKBM for help.
We treat every client with compassion and take each case personally, and we will work tirelessly to get you the settlement you deserve.