The damages available in a personal injury case all fall into the same general categories: injury victims can recover compensation for present and future medical expenses, including rehabilitation; lost wages from missed work, decreased earning capacity or permanent disability; pain and suffering; emotional distress; etc.
In cases involving catastrophic injuries, not only are the costs higher, but the factual and legal issues are typically much more complicated as well. The attorneys at the Slechter Law Firm in Louisville have years of experience working through complex litigation and helping victims with catastrophic injuries incurred in auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents and other serious injury accidents.
Our lawyers seek full compensation for people who have suffered catastrophic injuries in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee such as the following:
- Traumatic Brain Injury – When and how a brain injury is evaluated can be critical to the proper diagnosis and long-term prognosis. A thorough understanding of the consequences of brain injury is essential to obtaining comprehensive compensation for all present and future needs, including rehabilitation and occupational and physical therapy. A brain injury victim may have no memory of the traumatic event, so that proving the case against responsible parties becomes even more complicated.
- Spinal Cord Injury – Persons living with spinal cord injury can amass extraordinary lifetime expenses to modify and adapt their surroundings in a way that enables them to live with the maximum ability for self-care and independence.
- Burn Injury – Burn injury victims frequently face an extensive and difficult period of traumatic care, intensive care, rehabilitation and wound care. Multiple therapeutic and reconstructive surgeries and skin grafts may be necessary for years into the future.
- Amputation – The loss of a limb can impose a severe impairment on one’s ability to maintain employment and complete many basic aspects of daily living. Initial medical costs are often extremely high, followed by a lifetime of costs for wound care, prosthesis fittings and replacements. Specialized adaptations and assistive technology for mobility and vocational purposes should also be included in a comprehensive life care plan.
- Scarring and Disfigurement – Injuries from burns or lacerations that leave the victim with facial disfigurement or other visible scarring not only create the need for long-term medical care and surgeries, but they also frequently inflict a heavy emotional toll that can last a lifetime. Putting a price on these injuries can be difficult, but an attorney experienced in catastrophic injuries can help see to it that a compelling case for full compensation is put forward.
- Fractures – Broken bones come in all shapes and sizes, and while some may be relatively easy to treat and quick to heal, others can be catastrophic. Extensive surgery may be required and may involve the insertion of pins, screws and other devices. It is not always possible to predict how a bone will heal, and the accident victim may be left with a permanent disability or lifelong pain or discomfort. Displaced and open or compound fractures can also expose the victim to ruptured blood vessels, nerve damage, and osteomyelitis, an infection of the bone that can require major surgery with a lengthy and painful period of rehabilitation.
Dedicated Representation From A Team Of Successful Personal Injury Attorneys
For help in building and presenting a persuasive case that proves the need for maximum compensation after a catastrophic injury, contact the Slechter Law Firm online or call 502-694-5407. From their office in Louisville, Mat and Meredith Slechter represent injury victims throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee.