Standing up for Your Rights After a Life-Changing Injury
Some accidents cause injuries that affect your body’s functioning and leave you with permanent disabilities, disfigurement, or impairments. Such injuries are called “catastrophic” because of the overwhelming effects they will have on a victim’s life. The losses from such injuries can be astronomical and can continue for the rest of your life, as many catastrophic injury victims require lifelong medical care and have limitations on their earning abilities.
Catastrophic injury claims are always complicated due to the high value of most cases. Brauns Law knows how to help victims of life-changing injuries recover for many losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Future medical costs
- Lost income and lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disabilities or disfigurement
Don’t put your future in the hands of a firm that does not regularly handle this type of complex claim. Call our catastrophic injury lawyers today to discuss how we can help. The following are some of the common catastrophic injuries that occur.
Traumatic Brain Injury
While many people suffer mild brain injuries known as concussions, traumatic brain injuries can also be categorized as severe. When the damage to the brain tissue is extensive, many complications may occur and victims can suffer permanent impairments that can change their lives in many ways. Some signs of a severe brain injury include prolonged unconsciousness (coma) and pronounced effects that may last for years or the rest of a victim’s life.
Initially, a severe brain injury victim will need emergency care and may spend time in the intensive care unit if they are unconscious. Doctors will monitor the patient for signs of hemorrhaging or excessive intracranial pressure due to swelling. Some patients may need surgery to remove part of the skull and/or implant a pressure monitor in the brain. Once the risk of complications passes, victims then have a long road ahead of rehabilitation and adapting to life with a brain injury.
Severe traumatic brain injuries can result in a wide range of disabilities, depending on which part of the brain suffered the damage. These can include:
- Cognitive impairments and trouble with communication and information processing
- Memory issues
- Lack of coordination or balance
- Slurred speech that may also be slow
- Behavioral changes and emotional regulation issues
The effects of the injury can keep a victim from working or living life as usual.
Spinal Cord Injury
After the brain, the spinal cord is one of the most important parts of the body, as it facilitates the functioning of many organs and most of your body. When the spine suffers a traumatic blow, the spinal cord can be damaged or severed. A severed spinal cord that cannot be repaired is called a “complete” spinal injury and will result in permanent paralysis.
A victim will suffer paralysis of the body below the location of the spinal injury. Some people have a paralyzed lower body (paraplegia) while others may be paralyzed from the neck down (quadriplegia). Paralysis can also result in a loss of organ functioning, including the bladder, bowels, sexual organs, lungs, and more.
Needless to say, paralysis requires lifelong medical care and assistance. Many victims need complex wheelchairs, accommodations to their homes, home health assistance, and much more. Paralysis can also prevent someone from returning to work or may force them to find a lower-paying job. The lifelong costs of paralysis generally rise into the millions of dollars.
There is no question that losing part of your body will change your life. Even losing a portion of a hand or foot can require you to relearn your everyday tasks and can require ongoing medical treatment. When someone loses a limb, they face an uphill battle to adjust to their disability.
Amputations can happen in two ways:
- Traumatic amputation – This occurs when the accident itself results in the severed body part and reattachment is not possible.
- Surgical amputation – Accidents can cause serious damage to certain body parts, to the extent that doctors need to surgically remove the limb or extremity. This is common after crush injuries or extensive burns.
No matter how it happens, amputations can bring both physical and mental pain. While there are state-of-the-art prosthetics available, they are costly and will need to be regularly replaced for the rest of your life. Adjusting to prosthetics can also be painful, as can rehabilitative therapy. Some people may not be able to return to their previous work due to an amputation. Overall, this is a life-altering and costly catastrophic injury.
Burns are some of the most painful injuries possible. Third- and fourth-degree burns are often considered to be catastrophic, as they generally cause permanent disfigurement and disabilities. These burns damage all layers of the skin and the tissue below the skin, including muscles, ligaments, and tendons. While there are burns classified as fifth and sixth-degree, these burns are almost always fatal.
Recovery from severe burn injuries is a long process. Burn victims often spend months in the hospital or in a burn center. Doctors must take careful measures to prevent infections, which are extremely common with burn injuries. They must also wait until the tissue has healed to a certain degree before they can conduct skin grafts and other reparative surgeries. These procedures are extraordinarily painful for victims and they often must undergo numerous procedures for a single burn.
If burned tissue cannot be repaired, surgeons may have to remove body parts including ears, fingers, or toes. Even without amputations, severe burns often leave victims with extensive scarring, which can result in mental trauma, as well. Life is never the same after a catastrophic burn injury and ongoing treatment can be costly.
Consult a Dedicated Catastrophic Injury Lawyer in Gwinnett County for Free
The personal injury law firm of Brauns Law represents clients with serious injuries throughout Gwinnett County. We can advise you of your rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve after a catastrophic injury. Call (404) 418-8244 or contact us online for a free case evaluation today.