Fargo Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
For many people, a truck accident, a bicycle accident, or being harmed by a defective product can be a life-changing event. They suffer injuries that are so severe, they will never be the same. Some will be unable to return to work, or the activities they once loved. Others will be hurt so badly they won’t even be able to perform basic, everyday tasks, like bathing or even brushing their teeth.
These injury victims will need incredibly expensive medical treatment for the rest of their lives, and they’ll experience other monetary losses as well. How can they obtain the compensation they’ll need to make up for those losses? By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party that caused their suffering.
Sand Law attorneys have years of experience fighting – and winning – these kinds of cases. We will do everything possible to ensure your rights are always protected, and that you have the best chance possible of getting all of the money to which you’re entitled.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
The name basically says it all. A catastrophic injury is a true catastrophe for the victim. It’s not only catastrophic because it is so severe, but also the extensive medical treatment that will be needed for years to come. Catastrophic injuries are debilitating, oftentimes leading to decades of disability. They will often require a series of surgical procedures, as well as years of excruciating pain. Many victims have to go through grueling physical therapy as well in an effort to regain even a small percentage of their functioning.
Safety First: Preventing Catastrophic Injuries
While not all catastrophic injuries can be prevented, awareness and precaution can reduce risks. Whether it’s adhering to traffic rules, wearing protective gear while engaging in sports, or being vigilant in potentially hazardous environments, proactive safety measures can make a difference.
Education and awareness campaigns can also play a role in community-wide prevention efforts, ensuring safer environments for all.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
There are many, many kinds of injuries that can be labeled catastrophic. These are just some of the ones that are more common in personal injury cases.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI can be devastating, completely robbing a victim of their ability to remember names, or even remember how to do simple things, such as prepare a meal. When a victim’s head strikes a hard surface, that person will be at a significant risk for a TBI. The impact can cause severe tearing of brain tissue, which can lead to permanent damage. TBI victims can lose control of the parts of the brain that control emotions, and be prone to lashing out in anger as a result.
- Neck injuries. Neck injuries can be so severe that a victim will be unable to go back to work – at least not in the same position they held before their accident. Victims will sometimes suffer from neck pain that is so severe, and so constant, that they have to turn to powerful medications. In some instances, these medications can lead to dependence, and ultimately addiction.
- Spinal cord injuries. Personal injury accidents can damage the spinal cord so badly that a victim will lose sensation – or even movement – in their extremities. They may find themselves confined to a wheelchair, or even a hospital bed, for the remainder of their life.
Personal Injury Accidents that Cause Severe, Life-Altering Injuries
Any sort of accident caused by the negligence of someone else is considered a personal injury accident. These are just a few examples.
Motorists can cause car accidents that lead to catastrophic injuries by behaving in a reckless manner. They can travel at speeds that greatly exceed posted limits, or make dangerous, sudden lane changes without giving other drivers a chance to react. Negligent drivers can also cause accidents while using their phones to talk or text while behind the wheel, or by driving while impaired.
As horrible as car accidents can be, truck accidents can be even worse. The force of an 80,000 pound commercial truck slamming into a vehicle that’s a fraction of that weight is incredible. It doesn’t take much of an imagination to see how much damage that force can do to the human body.
Slips and Falls
Imagine walking through a grocery or retail store and having a slip, trip, or fall over liquids or objects blocking the walkway. It’s a frightening, terrible experience. And one that can lead to a person’s head striking a hard surface with so much force they suffer severe head trauma. As you’ve already learned, this trauma can often lead to permanent debilitation.
Recovering Maximum Damages for Your Personal Injury Claim
The medical bills and lost wages mentioned earlier are examples of “damages,” the legal term for monetary losses. If you suffered an injury due to the negligence of another person or entity (such as a trucking company, or the manufacturer of a defective part), you’ll need to take legal action in order to recover your damages.
This will require the help of a skilled personal injury attorney. You’ll need that help in order to obtain the evidence needed to prove you weren’t to blame, and deserve every penny you’re demanding as a result.
Why Following Your Medical Treatment Plan is Absolutely Necessary
You’ll have to follow the advice of your doctors to the letter. Not only will this be important to your physical health, it will also be vital to your personal injury claim. Insurance companies look for any excuse they can to reduce the amount of money they have to pay injury victims. In a perfect world, they’ll be able to deny your claim entirely.
If you don’t follow your doctor’s treatment plan, you could damage your case beyond repair. If that happens, you’ll be unable to obtain the money you need to recover financially.
Catastrophic Injuries Affect Quality of Life
As stated earlier, a catastrophic injury can basically ruin a person’s life. If this has happened to you, it’s an unfortunate fact that you very likely won’t be able to do the things you once loved. You may not be able to go hiking or skiing, or you might not be able to play tennis any longer. If your injury is especially severe, you could find it almost impossible to do things you once took for granted, like being able to dress yourself, or tie your own shoes.
The Journey of Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care
Catastrophic injuries often require more than just immediate medical attention. Victims might need extensive rehabilitation, from physical therapy to regain mobility to occupational therapy to relearn daily tasks.
Some might require long-term care, either at specialized facilities or at home, necessitating modifications to their living spaces and routines. Understanding the potential journey ahead can help victims and their families prepare both emotionally and financially.
The Ripple Effect: Impact on Families and Loved Ones
When someone suffers a catastrophic injury, it’s not just their life that’s altered. Families and loved ones also face significant changes. They might become caregivers, adjust their work schedules, or even grapple with their own emotional trauma.
Financial strains, coupled with the emotional toll of seeing a loved one in pain, can be overwhelming. It’s essential to recognize this broader impact and seek support, both legally and therapeutically, for the entire family.
When Should You Contact a Personal Injury Attorney?
Regardless of how you’ve been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault – in a car wreck, a slip and fall, or being struck by a motorist while simply taking a walk – you deserve fair and full compensation. The attorneys with Sand Law will work to help you get that compensation.
It will be critically important that you contact us as fast as you can so we can start investigating the accident that led to your injury. The sooner the investigation begins, the better the chances we will be able to uncover the evidence needed to make your case its strongest.
We can take care of all the aspects of your case, allowing you to focus on recovering to the very best of your abilities. This is obviously a very stressful situation. We’ll do everything we can to relieve as much stress as possible, while fighting to make sure you receive the money you have coming to you.