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Catastrophic injuries can shatter lives, relationships, careers, and families. Those profound losses can be permanent. In many cases, they’re also deeply painful and financially devastating. When catastrophic injuries have been caused by negligence, victims can take legal action to hold the at-fault parties liable and make them answer for the harm they’ve caused.

At Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers, we are dedicated to helping injured people recover when it’s time to seek justice. With more than two decades of experience and a reputation for excellence, we know what it takes to win the toughest catastrophic injury cases and secure the maximum available recoveries in and outside the courtroom.

Strategic, tireless, and compassionate, we provide the same advocacy and counsel we would expect if we were in your shoes. That’s why you can count on us for exceptional representation and personalized counsel at every phase of your case.

For answers or advice about a case, simply contact our catastrophic injury lawyers. We are here for you, ready to help 24/7.

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Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers has recovered millions in all types of catastrophic injury cases. Your claim and recovery could be our next victory.

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Catastrophic Injury Definition: What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

What Is a Catastrophic Injury? | Catastrophic Injury AttorneyInjuries are generally categorized as “catastrophic” when they result in lasting, life-changing trauma. Depending on the site and severity of the harm, catastrophic injuries can cause more than just physical damage. They can also leave victims with perception, memory, cognition, and/or mood problems, which may permanently alter their experience and quality of life.

Often, that means catastrophic injuries require long-term medical care from physicians, surgeons, therapists, and others. Most commonly, these injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Loss of limbs
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury

Here is a closer look at these and other catastrophic injuries.

Broken Bones

Bone fractures are incredibly painful and debilitating. For many victims, serious accidents can end up causing multiple fractures, and several surgeries may be needed to remove damaged tissues and reset bones. In the worst cases, bone fractures can leave irreversible damage and paralysis.

For example, vertebral and skull fractures can damage underlying tissues, possibly causing permanent spinal cord injury or brain damage.

Loss of Limbs

More than 2 million Americans are amputees, and many have lost limbs in accidents caused by negligence (source: Amputee Coalition).

Tragically, the loss of a limb can cause more than just permanent disabilities and limitations. It can also lead to severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the need for assistive equipment, including prosthetics.

Spinal Cord Injury

Damage to the spinal cord can paralyze part or all of the body below the neck. In fact, depending on the nature and site of the damage, spinal cord injury (SCI) may cause the loss of sensation, tingling, or serious pain. In the worst cases, SCI can result in paraplegia, quadriplegia, and an impaired ability to live independently.

Every week in the U.S., more than 340 people are diagnosed with a new spinal cord injury (source: NSCSC).

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Brain damage caused by an accident or traumatic event is referred to as a TBI. These injuries can be challenging to detect and treat in initial stages due to their generic symptoms. As TBIs advance, however, they can cause speech problems, confusion, balancing issues, coordination problems, and other health complications. In the most severe cases, traumatic brain injury can cause coma, seizures, and death.

Close to 1,200 people in the U.S. die from TBI complications each week while more than 4,300 others require hospitalization to treat these complications (source: CDC).

Other Catastrophic Injuries

Bone fractures, amputations, TBIs, and SCIs are, unfortunately, just the beginning when it comes to the types of catastrophic injuries suffered in accidents. Others can include (and are not limited to):

  • Vision and hearing loss
  • Electrical injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Internal organ damage
  • Injuries from toxic exposures (like carbon dioxide and asbestos)

These and other serious injuries can be devastating. But they could also be the basis of legal claims that empower the injured to get justice and recover.

Causes of Catastrophic Injury | Catastrophic Injury LawyerHow Do Most Catastrophic Injuries Happen?

Tragically, most catastrophic injuries happen by accident, and most of those accidents are caused by carelessness or recklessness. In fact, from broken bones and amputations to TBIs and SCIs, the leading causes of catastrophic injuries are motor vehicle wrecks and work accidents. Here’s a closer look at each, along with some other accidents that commonly cause catastrophic injuries.

Motor Vehicle Wrecks

Car crashes, 18-wheeler wrecks, motorcycle accidents, and other traffic crashes are leading causes of severe injury, permanent disability, and death. For the most part, these collisions are caused negligent drivers, like those who are:

  • Speeding
  • Driving while impaired, distracted, or fatigued
  • Driving aggressively
  • Failing to comply with traffic laws

Generally, motor vehicle accidents are more likely to lead to catastrophic injuries when factors like (but not limited to) the following are also involved:

  • Heavier vehicles
  • Higher speeds
  • Head-on collisions
  • Rollovers
  • Underride accidents
  • Vehicle explosions or fires

Work Accidents

Workplaces and job sites see way too many serious accidents and catastrophic injuries each year. In fact, federal authorities have deemed the following to be the “Fatal Four” because these incidents are most often to blame for work-related deaths in the U.S. (source: OSHA):

  1. Falls
  2. Struck-by events
  3. Electrocutions
  4. Entrapments or caught-in-between events

Construction, roofing, fishing, and the oil and gas industry tend to report far more worker accidents, injuries, and deaths than others. No matter where they happen, however, work accidents can cause horrific injuries that may render workers unable to earn a living ever again.

Other Accidents Causing Catastrophic Injuries

Beyond the roads and work, catastrophic injuries can also happen when people of any age come into contact with:

  • Defective products or faulty equipment
  • Toxic materials or hazardous substances
  • Dangerous properties that expose them to unnecessary risks and hazards

Catastrophic Injury Lawsuits & Claims | Catastrophic Injury LawyersWho’s Liable for My Catastrophic Injury?

You need to have a clear understanding of the causes of your injuries to shed light on who may be liable for them. As a result, it’s usually necessary to answer questions like (but not limited to) the following when you’re trying to figure out liability for catastrophic injuries:

  • What caused the event or accident that hurt me?
  • When were my injuries diagnosed?
  • Was I on the clock (working) when the accident happened?
  • What occurred right after the accident?

With these claims, it’s also best to know that:

  • Evidence and investigations can uncover liability: The answers to the above questions are not always obvious after an accident. You may need to investigate further to find more evidence and get a better understanding of exactly how the accident and injuries happened.
  • Several parties could be liable: Even if you know that one party is at-fault, there could be others. Plus, you cannot count on others to get fault determinations correct for you, especially if they start wrongly pointing the finger at you.
  • An attorney can help: A catastrophic injury lawyer will know where to look, what to look for, and how to use key evidence to prove liability and support your claim. When you or a loved one has been hurt, that assistance and representation can be vital to successful recoveries.

When Do I Need a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer?

Talk to an attorney as soon as you think you need one. There’s no cost to consult a catastrophic injury lawyer, and there’s benefit in waiting to meet with one.

Actually, when it comes to consulting and retaining an attorney, remember:

  • There are no legal fees until there’s a recovery for your claim. That means you shouldn’t let a concern of legal fees hold you back from getting representation. You can secure winning advocacy at zero upfront cost.
  • Evidence can go missing, deadlines can pass, and at-fault parties can be working to defend against any claims they anticipate. Acting sooner, instead of waiting, can help you preserve your potential rights to recovery.
  • An attorney can start representing you immediately, even if your injuries haven’t fully been diagnosed or treated — and even if you’re not totally sure how the accident happened.

At Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers, we are ready to be the dependable, skilled advocates you need when it’s time to file a case. We have deep experience handling all types of injury claims, and we know what it takes to go up against the toughest opponents in any legal setting. Let us tell you more about how we can help you during an initial consultation.

What Compensation Is Paid for Catastrophic Injury Cases?

Financial recoveries for catastrophic injury cases depend on the severity and types of injuries and losses suffered. Generally, that can include:

  • Economic damages, like past and future medical bills and lost earnings
  • Non-economic damages, like past and future suffering and changes to quality of life

An attorney can help you calculate and fight for fair, full compensation for a catastrophic injury claim while giving you better chances of optimal outcomes. That can help you secure the recovery you may need for treatments, so you can focus on healing and moving on with your life.

A Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Is Ready to Help You 24/7

Don’t try to recover from a catastrophic injury alone. Get unparalleled advocacy from a catastrophic injury lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers. We can help you protect your rights, stand up to any opponent, and fight for compensation when it matters most.

Known for our experience, integrity, and winning record, we are proud to offer fierce, strategic counsel to position claims for success. That’s why we work tirelessly to build the strongest possible cases and bring those to the best possible outcomes. Discover the difference our team can make in your case and recovery by contacting us today.

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