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Catastrophic Injuries

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Your Legal Rights in Situations of Catastrophic Injuries

Brain, spinal cord and birth injuries are all classified as “catastrophic.” A catastrophic injury is one that severely injures a person and leads to long-term, if not permanent, disability or disfigurement. These damages usually occur suddenly and without warning. They create a heartbreaking situation for the individual as well as family members. Catastrophic events often entail a difficult recovery process, multiple surgeries, and possibly a lifetime of medical treatment. If a catastrophic injury was caused by the negligent or intentional act of another, or by a dangerous or defective product, legal action is warranted.

Brain Injuries

Car crashes, disease, surgeon's negligence, slips and falls and more can all lead to a catastrophic brain injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI annually, and 275,000 are hospitalized. Regretfully, 52,000 die. Head and brain trauma are complicated and the long-term effects are not always known immediately following the incident. Too often head injuries result in damage to brain tissues which may or may not be permanent.

Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury will change a life in ways none of us have ever imagined. There are financial, emotional and psychological repercussions. A serious spinal cord injury can cause long-lasting physical impairment, and in some cases, permanent paralysis. Situations that cause spinal cord injuries can happen at work, on a construction site, driving a car or motorcycle, playing contact sports, cycling, falling from a ladder, slipping in the tub and more. When this type of catastrophic trauma occurs, the only thing you or your loved one should concentrate on is healing and restoring health. Professional legal representation will help prove the liability of the other party and assist in obtaining the full and fair compensation you need and deserve.

Birth Injuries

After months of happiness and anticipation, the last thing you expect to hear during the excitement of childbirth is that your baby suffered a birth injury. Data reveals that approximately one in every 9,714 babies in the U.S. is born with a birth injury. Birth injuries can occur from complications during the labor and delivery process or result from improper prenatal medical care or even prescription medication. Regardless of the cause, birth injuries are traumatic and extremely emotional. It may have a lasting impact on the child and the family, especially if the infant has permanent disabilities and requires a lifetime of financial support. Our legal team in St. Louis, Missouri will be an objective and compassionate voice for you and your family throughout the legal process to assure you receive proper compensation for the birth injury suffered.

Advantages of a Lawyer

In all these catastrophic situations, an expert attorney is useful in obtaining fair and full compensation. Whether you live in St. Clair, St. Charles or another community in Missouri, our office will manage all the details involved in the legal process including:

  • collecting all relevant medical records
  • gathering relevant evidence
  • determining fault of the other party
  • filing for out-of-pocket expenses related to the injury
  • uncovering police and accident reports
  • providing access to experts such as neurology specialists and psychologists to help strengthen your case
  • preparing and filing all necessary paperwork
  • obtaining witness statements
  • identifying proper documentation for lost wages from your employer
  • assessing your current and future financial needs
  • providing negotiation skills, or courtroom experience, if the case goes to trial
  • supplying effective representation when dealing with insurance companies or large corporations
  • delivering compassion, support and guidance throughout the entire process

Experience Counts

If you or a family member has suffered a catastrophic injury, our expert team at Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers can help. Let us put our over 90 years of legal experience to work for you. We are dedicated to producing the most advantageous results for our clients. Contact us now at (314) 241-2500.