Serving the West Virginia Area – Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers.
A catastrophic injury is an injury that permanently prevents one from performing any gainful work. When you incur a catastrophic injury some of the effects are long term or permanent disability, disfigurement, a decreased life span and significant, often life long, pain and suffering. Often times in a catastrophic injury case, the liability insurance set aside for the victim is not enough to pay for all of the medical treatments, pain and suffering and lost income. This is why you will need an aggressive law firm of experienced trial lawyers with many previous successes with this type of case.
The Masters Law Firm will be your advocate. In an effort to uphold the safety standards of our community, we believe in holding the liable party accountable for their heedless actions. Our compassionate team will assist you with the details surrounding your case while vehemently pursuing your damage awards. We will fight to recover sufficient damages so that you will never have to worry about paying for your own care and medical bills.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured through another party’s misconduct, contact The Masters Law Firm.
- Brain Injury
- Common Causes of Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
- How We Can Help
Suffering a brain injury can result in serious and long-term damage, including functional changes that affect thinking, speaking, sensation, and emotion. A serious brain injury can also cause epilepsy and result in an individual being more at risk for diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Brain injuries are categorized into two types: closed head injuries and open head injuries.
- A closed head injury is any trauma or event that causes the brain to strike the inside of the cranium. A closed head injury can result in intracranial bleeding and hematomas, which can put pressure on the brain. Though typically not as severe as open head injuries, closed head injuries can cause a loss of consciousness, confusion, nausea, headaches, blurred vision, a loss of short-term memory, and a general decrease in mental ability.
- An open head injury occurs when an object pierces the skull and contacts the brain directly. Skull fractures and direct strikes are two examples of an open head injury. Open head injuries can cause severe and permanent damage, and in some instances death. The symptoms of an open head injury are similar to closed head injuries, but can be more severe.
Brain injuries affect a large number of people every year. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 50,000 Americans die every year as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI), and nearly 235,000 are hospitalized. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, our West Virginia-based brain injury lawyers can help.
Common Causes of Brain Injury
According to the CDC, the following are the most common causes of TBI in the United States.
- Falls – The leading cause of TBI in the United States is falls. Slip and fall accidents account for 28 percent of all TBI cases, with rates highest between individuals under 4 years of age and over 75 years old. Middle-age adults are also at risk of suffering a TBI from falls, such as falls sustained in construction accidents or industrial accidents.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – Traffic accidents make up 20 percent of brain injury cases in the country, and are the leading cause of TBI hospitalizations.
- Striking or Being Struck by an Object – A striking event can include a sports-related collision or being struck by a falling object. Nearly as prevalent as injuries sustained in traffic accidents, striking accidents account for 19 percent of all TBI cases.
- Acts of Violence – The leading cause of TBI deaths and the leading cause of TBI in urban environments, assault makes up 11 percent of the total.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious head injury, you may be eligible for compensation. Our West Virginia brain injury lawyers can review your case and inform you of the best way to proceed with your claim. Contact our law office today to schedule a free consultation.
Spinal Cord Injury
The CDC reports that 200,000 people in the United States live with spinal cord related injuries and 11,000 people sustain spinal cord injuries every year. Nearly half of all spinal cord injury cases happen to individuals between 15 to 29 years of age. If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, our lawyers are committed to helping you obtain the financial compensation that you deserve. A spinal cord injury can result in severe and long-term damage, including permanent disability. Depending on the severity of the injury, an individual can suffer partial paralysis (paraplegia) or complete paralysis (quadriplegia).
- Paraplegia refers to paralysis of the lower limbs. Paraplegia can leave an individual completely dependant on a wheelchair and may cause impotence as well as urinary and bowel complications.
- Quadriplegia, also known as tetraplegia, refers to complete paralysis as a result of a trauma to the upper vertebrae of the spinal column. Someone who is suffering complete paralysis may have severely inhibited motor function in all four limbs or a complete lack of control over voluntary and involuntary (such as breathing) bodily functions. This depends on the severity of the injury and whether the injured victim suffered a complete separation between the brain and the extremities.
Serving all of West Virginia and beyond, our spinal cord injury lawyers can help if you or a loved one has suffered a debilitating spinal injury.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries and brain injuries are often caused by similar factors. The most common causes of spinal cord injury (SCI) in the United States are:
- Motor vehicle accidents – According to the Mayo Clinic, traffic accidents account for nearly 50 percent of new spinal cord injuries every year.
- Falls – Falls are the leading cause of SCI for individuals over the age of 65, and account for 22 percent of all spinal injury cases.
- Acts of Violence – Acts of violence, including gunshot wounds and stabbing wounds, make up 15 percent of all SCI cases.
- Sports and Recreation Injuries – Sports injuries, such as gymnastics or football injuries, make up 8 percent of all SCI cases.
How We Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain or spinal cord injury, our lawyers will work tirelessly to see that you are justly compensated for your anguish. It may be possible to obtain financial compensation for medical costs (including future medical costs), rehabilitation costs, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. At The Masters Law Firm in West Virginia, our brain and spinal cord injury lawyers understand how devastating catastrophic injuries are, and they will commit themselves to obtaining a successful case resolution for you and your family.
Contact Our Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
The Masters Law Firm can provide sound legal counsel and unwavering representation so that you and your family can begin the healing process. To schedule a free consultation at our West Virginia office, contact our brain and spinal cord injury lawyers today.