Legal Help After Life-Altering Injuries
To the victim of harm, all injuries are significant. Slipping and falling, for example – even if the injury only results in minor bruising – can be shocking and jarring. Being involved in a car accident can also be traumatic, even if one is not seriously injured. However, some accidents leave people with life-changing injuries like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or the loss of a limb.
If you or a loved one has suffered one of these catastrophic injuries, The Masters Law Firm, L.C., can help. Our West Virginia catastrophic injury attorneys help people with serious injuries and their loved ones navigate the legal process and recover financial compensation for the harm they experienced.
What Is A Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is classified as such because this type of injury results in long-term or permanent disability or loss of use of a bodily function. The causes of these serious injuries can include motor vehicle accidents, accidents that occur in the workplace, negligence on the part of health care providers and many other accidents.
What Injuries Are Considered Catastrophic?
Any severe injury that permanently impacts a person’s ability to function as they did previously can be catastrophic. Common types of catastrophic injuries can include:
- Traumatic brain injuries – When the brain is hit with a forceful object, deprived of oxygen or penetrated with an object, the injured person may struggle with communication, memory, thinking, speech, sensation and more.
- Spinal cord injuries – If the spinal cord is damaged, this ability to send messages between the brain and the body is disrupted, resulting in partial or complete paralysis from the site of the injury downward.
- Burn injuries – Burn injuries are not only painful and disabling but can also lead to permanent disfigurement, limb amputation and even death.
- Amputation injuries – Even losing a single toe can disrupt a person’s life and ability to move as they once did and perform daily tasks. Losing a limb can be positively devastating and disabling.
- Electrocution injuries – A serious electric shock can cause burns, brain damage, permanent damage requiring amputation of a limb or even death.
- Birth injuries – Negligent medical care during the birth and delivery process can result in devastating and sometimes life-altering injuries.
The Life-Changing Impact Of Catastrophic Injuries
When a catastrophic injury occurs, the affected person will incur numerous losses ranging from medical bills and lost wages to pain and suffering and emotional distress. These losses are often felt for a lifetime.
A person may face significant costs in the aftermath of an accident. Their care may involve hospitalization costs, costs for surgeries and other procedures, rehabilitation expenses and the cost of ongoing medical care. They will often lose wages due to time away from work or lose the ability to earn a living altogether. If an accident proves fatal, their family will need to pay funeral and burial expenses (in the case of a wrongful death).
Unfortunately, the monetary impact of a serious injury is only the beginning. An injured person may experience physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, psychological distress, diminished quality of life, loss of consortium or stress related to disfigurement or permanent injury.
A catastrophic injury can be extremely difficult for close family members as well. Often, the spouse of a severely injured person is suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver, sometimes providing frequent or round-the-clock care without previous medical experience. They may find themselves trying to make ends without their spouse’s income, sometimes trying to perform extra work while caring for the injured person. Children may find this new strain on their family difficult to process.
How Can The Masters Law Firm, L.C., Help?
Being involved in a serious accident that results in a catastrophic injury will no doubt feel unjust and may lead to feelings of hopelessness, anger and deep frustration within you. While you may feel alone and without options, our lawyers want you to know that we are here for you.
At The Masters Law Firm, L.C., our lawyers truly believe that those who have suffered catastrophic injuries and their family members deserve justice, a sense of closure and necessary support. Our lawyers have over 40 years of experience, and will use that experience to hold negligent parties responsible for the harm they cause.
We are also dedicated to helping you get compensated for all losses, present and future. By exploring all avenues for support, working to understand the full impact that an accident has had on your life and fighting for your interests at the negotiating table and in court if necessary, we can help you pursue full and fair compensation.
Reach Out To Our West Virginia Catastrophic Injury Attorneys Today
If you’ve been injured, please turn to us for the counsel and support you can trust. Our lawyers are available for a free consultation at your convenience. You can reach us by phone at 304-342-3106, reach out to our firm online or visit us in person at our office in Charleston, West Virginia.