Alexandria Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
Get the Answers You Deserve After a Life-Changing Accident or Injury
Catastrophic injuries impact survivors for the rest of their lives. Catastrophic injuries are legally and medically defined as injuries that affect an individual’s mobility or cognitive abilities long-term. In most cases, catastrophic injuries require victims to pay millions of dollars in medical expenses for life-long treatment and equipment. If you or a loved one have sustained catastrophic injuries because of another person’s negligence, you may be able to receive compensation for your damages.
Arnold & Itkin is passionate about protecting the rights of people who have experienced life-altering injuries as a result of another's wrongdoing or negligence. Our Alexandria catastrophic injury attorneys have helped hundreds of people recover the compensation they rightfully deserve to help them secure their future. In total, our track record includes billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, with hundreds of results of $1 million or more. Each of those results has helped a person pay for medical care, replace their lost earnings, and provide for their families. If you want to same, learn your legal and financial options from an attorney at our firm as soon as possible.
If you have suffered catastrophic injuries, contact us today for a free case review: (888) 493-1629. We never settle for less than a client deserves and have recovered billions as a result.
Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Although there are different types of catastrophic injuries, almost all of them require life-long treatments that can be too costly for the average family. For example, victims who suffer an amputation or paralysis may have to pay for prosthetics and equipment to accommodate their injuries. People who suffer those injuries may also lose their careers, which means their only source of income will no longer be available to them.
Different types of catastrophic injuries include:
- Acoustic Trauma: This type of injury can cause severe hearing disabilities that are permanent and life-changing. There is usually damage caused to the hearing mechanisms within the inner ear.
- Blunt Force Trauma: This type of injury occurs when an object strikes a specific region of the body, often on the head. This is the initial trauma that develops into more specific types, such as contusions, abrasions, lacerations, and bone fractures.
- Brain Injuries: Trauma to the head or a lack of oxygen to the brain can cause serious and permanent damage that affects a person's memory, cognitive skills, speech, personality, and ability to perform normal, day-to-day tasks.
- Burns, Scarring, and Disfigurement: A severe burn is characterized by the destruction of the skin through all skin layers and even into bone or muscle. This can lead to severe pain and disfigurement.
- Neck and Back Injuries: These injuries can cause paralysis or other forms of lifelong disability.
- Neurological Injuries: Neurological injuries can affect both cognitive abilities and physical mobility. It can also cause localized pain, tenderness, and stiffness.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: A spinal cord injury causes permanent loss of strength, sensation, and function below the site of the injury. This at minimum results in limb dysfunction. Spinal cord injuries usually require extensive medical treatment.
- Vision Loss & Eye Injuries: This can result in permanent vision loss and is one of the most common injuries in the workplace.
Types of Brain Injuries & Their Causes
Some brain injuries occur as a result of congenital or hereditary disorders and cannot be prevented. Others happen during birth due to a lack of oxygen to the brain, sometimes because of medical malpractice or negligence. Yet others occur after birth in accidents. These are referred to as acquired brain injuries.
There are two primary types of acquired brain injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries are caused by an external force. A direct blow to the head or the sudden impact of a fall or car accident may cause a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.
- Non-traumatic brain injuries are caused by internal factors. A lack of oxygen to the brain or exposure to toxins may cause a non-traumatic brain injury.
People who have experienced traumatic or non-traumatic brain injuries may face numerous challenges in their daily lives. They may have trouble remembering things, performing fine motor skills, thinking, speaking, and walking. Brain injury survivors and their families are often left with more questions than answers, wondering why it happened and who could be responsible.
Brain injuries may be caused by:
- Traffic collisions, including motorcycle, car, truck, and pedestrian accidents
- Defective or dangerous consumer products
- Falls from heights and other construction accidents
- Workplace accidents, including industrial accidents and plant accidents
- Near-drowning accidents
- Offshore and maritime accidents
When brain injuries happen at work, survivors may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Offshore and maritime workers may recover financial support and medical care under the Jones Act or other applicable maritime laws. Drivers and passengers injured in auto accidents can hold at-fault parties responsible with personal injury lawsuits. Consumers harmed by defective products or dangerous prescription drugs can file product liability actions.
No matter the type of case or the challenges ahead, our Alexandria catastrophic injury law firm is prepared to help.
Spinal Cord Injuries & Their Consequences
When people experience spinal cord injuries, their lives are completely upended. They and their loved ones are left facing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and ongoing care, with no guarantee that they’ll be able to earn a living like they used to. Then there’s the emotional trauma of the accident and the acceptance that they’ll be limited in certain areas and abilities.
The economic impact of a spinal cord injury is astounding. Not including lost earnings, a person living with a spinal cord injury may face the following in healthcare costs and living expenses:
- For quadriplegia (paralysis from the neck down), the cost is over $1 million for the first year and over $184,000 for each subsequent year. The lifetime cost for a 25-year-old quadriplegic is more than $4.7 million. The lifetime cost for a 50-year-old quadriplegic is nearly $2.6 million.
- For paraplegia (paralysis of the lower body), the cost is over $500,000 for the first year and about $70,000 for each subsequent year. The lifetime cost for a 25-year-old paraplegic is about $2.3 million. The lifetime cost for a 50-year-old paraplegic is more than $.1.5 million.
- Incomplete motor function at any level may cost about $350,000 for the first year and over $40,000 for each subsequent year. The lifetime cost may range from $1.1 million to $1.5 million depending on the patient’s age.
In representing clients in these cases, our Alexandria spinal cord injury lawyers realize that we’re fighting for quality of life. We tackle each case with passion and determination because we know that the outcome will pave the way for a better future for a spine injury survivor and their family. That’s why we never settle, no matter what.
Spine Injury Lawsuits: Identifying Cause & Proving Fault
After spinal cord injuries, people are left with questions. They wonder why it happened and who is responsible. As spine injury attorneys, we get the answers our clients need by meticulously investigating the accident.
To investigate spinal cord injury cases, we work with:
- Accident reconstruction specialists
- Medical professionals
These experts help us identify cause. From there, we work to prove fault (legal accountability). This opens the door to a financial recovery that creates a more comfortable future and improved quality of life for a spinal cord injury survivor and their loved ones.
Catastrophic Injury FAQ
Can a person fully recover from a brain injury?
There is no straightforward answer to the question of whether a brain injury survivor will fully recover. With mild brain injuries, recovery is possible. With a concussion, for example, most patients will recover most or all of their brain function within a month or so. With severe traumatic brain injuries, recovery may be doubtful. Treatment for a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury may include neurosurgery, therapy, and psychological services. Even with a full range of treatment, a person with a serious brain injury may never fully recover. Age, overall health, and the extent of brain damage will all influence recovery results.
How much is my Catastrophic injury case worth?
No two cases are the same, and the amount of a settlement or award that a survivor recovers will vary. As Alexandria catastrophic injury lawyers, our goal is to find out what it will take to help a survivor and his or her family rebuild and recover. We push to hold the responsible party accountable, no matter what they may try to do to avoid liability. We find answers for catastrophic injury survivors and help them get the best treatment and ongoing care to improve their quality of life.
If I suffered a catastrophic injury at work, can I file a lawsuit?
Work-related injuries should be automatically covered by workers’ compensation, but there are some situations where other forms of benefits or compensation may apply. If a third party (a vendor, customer, or manufacturer) was responsible, for example, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against that person or corporation. If gross negligence or misconduct was involved, your employer may be accountable. Each Alexandria catastrophic injury claim we take on is carefully analyzed to determine how we can best help our client seek justice.
WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON SPINAL CORD INJURY?
According to the Columbia University Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, the most common spinal cord injuries occur in the cervical and thoracic areas. The cervical area of your spine is located immediately below the skull and ends at the base of the neck. The thoracic spine starts at the base of the neck and extends to the back of the ribcage. A cervical injury may cause paralysis of the entire body (quadriplegia), and depending on the location of a thoracic injury, it may cause paralysis of the legs and lower trunk (paraplegia) or both the arms and legs. The higher up on the spine the injury is, the more of the body it may affect.
HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT YOUR SPINAL CORD IS DAMAGED?
The immediate signs of a spinal cord injury are:
- Extreme pain or pressure in the neck, head, or back
- Weakness, lack of coordination, or paralysis affecting any part of the body
- A numb or tingling sensation in the hands, fingers, toes, and/or feet
If you suspect that someone has sustained a spinal cord injury, do not attempt to move them. Call 911 and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. They can properly immobilize the head, neck, and spine before transporting the person to the hospital. The only exception may be if the person’s life is in peril if they remain where they are (submerged in water, near a fire or explosion, or similar scenario).
WHO CAN BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR MY Catastrophic INJURY?
Catastrophic injuries may be caused by drunk drivers, manufacturers of defective products, careless construction site supervisors, or companies that ignore safety regulations. Because every case is different, it will be important for your Alexandria catastrophic injury attorney to investigate your accident and determine what caused it and who should be held responsible. This will be a crucial part of deciding how to get the medical care and financial support you need.
Contact Our Alexandria Catastrophic Injury Lawyers: (888) 493-1629
We understand how challenging it can be to adapt to catastrophic injuries. Arnold & Itkin has helped injured victims nationwide recover the compensation they deserve so they have the financial support they needed to move forward. If you or a loved one are suffering from a catastrophic injury because of another person’s negligence, you should only be focusing on obtaining the treatment you need—not about how much it will cost.
Our firm works tirelessly to hold responsible parties accountable for their negligence. We have recovered billions of dollars on our clients’ behalf through relentless and aggressive advocacy. In one case, Arnold & Itkin represented a mother who lost all mobility below her neck in an ambulance accident. We did everything possible to help her family get what they needed to secure their future. We helped this mother recover $117 million, the largest single-injury verdict in Louisiana history.
Contact our Alexandria catastrophic injury attorneys today for a free consultation. We deliver when our clients need it most.