A catastrophic injury is one that changes your life. You lived one way before the injury but move through life much differently after its onset. Catastrophic injuries can happen in just about any Millington environment. While the cause of the injury may not be extreme, the effects most certainly are.
If you or a loved one has had your life changed by a catastrophic injury, you need a substantial settlement to compensate you for your losses, stabilize your financial future, and set you up for the best quality of life going forward. A Millington personal injury lawyer from GKBM can help. Contact our team to connect with a Millington catastrophic injury lawyer who will fight for the settlement you need.
How Catastrophic Injuries Happen
Catastrophic injuries can happen in a number of ways. For some, the injury happens in a motor vehicle accident. Others are hurt playing sports, at work, during birth, or through a simple slip or fall accident.
Unfortunately, catastrophic injuries can even happen where you least expect them, such as in hospitals, because of medical malpractice. A botched surgery can seriously injure rather than heal patients, leaving them in worse shape than they were pre-surgery.
Whatever its cause, a catastrophic injury lawyer from our team will hold the at-fault party accountable for paying you damages.
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Examples of Catastrophic Injuries
Any body part or system can experience a catastrophic injury, though some injury types are more common than others.
Brain injuries affect a victim’s cognitive abilities and often affect the rest of the body. Victims of brain injuries can lose the ability to reason, process information, and remember, and may also see diminished or destroyed functions of other body systems as the brain can no longer communicate messages telling the body to speak, swallow, walk, or perform other actions.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The National Institute of Health (NIH) defines a spinal cord injury as “damage to the tight bundle of cells and nerves that sends and receives signals from the brain to and from the rest of the body. The spinal cord extends from the lower part of the brain down through the lower back.”
When this damage occurs, victims can be left partially or completely paralyzed and experience other symptoms such as diminished strength, movement, or sensation in part of the body, loss of bladder and bowel movement, loss of sexual function, or respiratory control. For many victims, damage compounds over time as these kinds of injuries can cause pressure wounds from lack of movement, depression, and other damage.
Third-degree burns damage or destroy the first three layers of skin and underlying fatty tissue, and potentially the nerves, hair follicles, and sweat glands. Skin typically turns black, white, or bright red and creates a leathery texture. Fourth, fifth, and sixth-degree burns are even more destructive.
Serious burns can cause shock and infection and be deadly if not treated promptly, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Usually, severe burns require skin grafts, reconstructive surgery, and long rehabilitation.
Severe burns are catastrophic, often causing scarring or disfigurement, chronic pain, and limited mobility for affected parts of the body. Gas fires from car accidents, open flames, electrical currents, and chemicals are common causes of burns.
Motor vehicle and construction area accidents, surgical errors, and inadequate medical diagnosis and treatment, among other situations, can lead to limb amputations.
Following the loss of a limb, a person’s mobility and ability to carry out tasks independently are all affected. Victims may not be able to work at the same job and will have to make significant adjustments to how they fulfill daily responsibilities.
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The Effects of Catastrophic Injuries on Your Life
It is hard to overestimate the effects of a catastrophic injury. Most obviously, there are physical outcomes. Victims may look different, feel different, and undergo changes in what they can physically accomplish on their own. For some victims, there is chronic physical pain or discomfort.
Emotionally, victims are at high risk for developing depression and anxiety and may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Their physical outcomes may prevent them from interacting with others as they once did and from enjoying a social life and other activities, leaving them feeling isolated and with a diminished quality of life.
These injuries are financially devastating as well, bringing substantial, long-term medical costs and a loss of income as victims will be unable to work, perhaps permanently.
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Why You Need a Settlement for a Catastrophic Injury
Collecting a settlement will help secure your finances, give you access to continued medical support and emerging therapies, and give you a measure of justice to hopefully reduce some of your emotional distress.
A fair settlement covers or acknowledges your:
- Medical bills and continued medical expenses
- Lost income and lost future earnings if you can no longer work
- Childcare and other household responsibilities
- Physical pain
- Emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life
Some losses come with a clear economic cost, and your catastrophic injury attorney in Millington will tabulate their value by reviewing your bills, consulting with experts regarding your future care needs, and considering your future earnings and job and retirement benefits. Putting a dollar amount on your pain and emotional suffering is challenging, but your lawyer will value these losses with tremendous care, ensuring your fair compensation.
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How a Millington Catastrophic Injury Attorney Will Fight for You
Your catastrophic injury lawyer in Millington will fight for you from the start to the end of your case. As you and your family focus on adjusting to your situation and reaching the highest recovery, your attorney will:
- Investigate the details of your accident, determine the at-fault party, and gather evidence to prove their fault and your settlement demand.
- File your accident claim within Tennessee’s one-year statute of limitations.
- Prepare and submit evidence with all required legal documentation accurately and on time.
- Negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company, protecting you from unethical tactics by accepting an inadequate settlement.
- Communicate with you regularly, updating you on your case’s progress.
- Represent you in court if the at-fault party’s representatives refuse to make a just offer or stall to avoid paying compensation.
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Put yourself in the best position to collect a settlement covering your needs and bringing you justice by partnering with a Millington catastrophic injury lawyer from GKBM. Our team is dedicated to fighting for victims of others’ negligence and will fight fiercely to secure compensation for your injury-related losses. We will not settle for less than you deserve.