Catastrophic injuries include paralysis, traumatic brain damage, amputation of a limb, severe burns, loss of hearing, or loss of sight. These injuries often have devastating and long-term impacts on the victims and their families. When an injury has such lasting consequences for your family, you need experienced attorneys working on your behalf to assist in getting the compensation and medical care required.
The effects of a catastrophic injury on an individual can range from the inability to work at all or just difficulties working within their chosen profession. When someone is unable to work at all, our attorneys have the experience to assist victims and their families to find additional compensation that may be applicable. Victims of such incidents may be entitled to various disability benefits. Further, if a person can work, but no longer in their chosen field, Beers and Gordon will partner with vocational experts to determine if other options exist for employment or retraining. These vocational experts are also important in determining if a person has suffered a diminished earning potential even if they are able to return to work in some capacity.
With catastrophic injuries, victims and families are often left with years, if not a lifetime of future medical expenses. Our attorneys will partner with experts, including Life Care planning and medical professionals to determine the full value of these claims. We will work to obtain the available compensation for these future expenses so that the burden is minimal.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries occur from a serious blow to the head. Under such circumstances of a closed head injury, the brain strikes the inside of the skull, often resulting in an immediate loss of consciousness after a slip and fall, a motor vehicle accident, or even a physical altercation/assault. In the days and weeks that follow, brain injuries can be observed after medical scans indicate a penetration of the skull.
Brain injuries lead to cognitive function problems where the victim suffers from a complete loss of memory or motor skills, a decrease in memory or personality traits, or even the ability to speak. Each of these problems are devastating to both the victim who experiences disorientation, but also for friends and relatives who may have difficulty communicating or understanding the victim after the accident. Detecting such long term consequences can be difficult, so competent medical experts are necessary to determine the best follow up care. Our attorneys are prepared to ensure you and your family have the best care following a traumatic brain injury.
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury is defined as an injury to the spinal cord that causes either a minimal or extreme loss of sensation or function. These types of injuries occur in a number of ways but are often the result of motor vehicle accidents, diving accidents, work place accidents, and gunshot wounds. The spinal cord is made up of several levels of vertebrae often referred to in three levels: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Depending on the type and location of the spinal cord injury, the body can be affected in different ways.
Some injuries can lead to a temporary loss of function while others can lead to a complete loss of function. And when a complete loss of function occurs of any part of the body, there is no guarantee that generic treatments will always work. Having access to the best available treatments and doctors is crucial to any recovery effort. If a bodily function does not return or remains limited, the injured victim is left with life altering changes. Further, continued treatment for spinal cord injuries can lead to a lifetime of medical expenses. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a spinal cord injury, you will need experienced attorneys directing you through the legal process and ensuring you have the best representative to manage your case.