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Catastrophic Injuries: A Comprehensive Guide

At Briggle & Polan, PLLC, we’re well aware of the various problems that can arise with regard to negligence. Unfortunately, many of these reckless actions lead to people suffering some of the most severe injuries possible, making it necessary to pursue compensation for the damages sustained.

Under personal injury law, there are some injuries that are considered more severe—or catastrophic—than others. These catastrophic injuries can result in lifelong and permanent damages, and it’s vital for you to understand your options should you suffer a catastrophic injury.

Some of the most catastrophic injuries include the following:

Recognizing your rights should someone cause you harm can provide you with a great deal of knowledge when pursuing compensation. Having legal counsel to help you through the complex matters can position you in a way that allows you to pursue the justice necessary and give you peace of mind regarding the process.

Call our firm today at (512) 400-3278 if you suffer a catastrophic injury.

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries

There are countless situations in which someone’s actions can cause you to suffer a traumatic brain injury, and unfortunately, these are some of the worst injuries to sustain. With brain injuries, there are many problems that you may endure, physically, mentally, and financially.

Traumatic brain injuries are categorized in one of the three ways:

  • Mild traumatic brain injuries: Despite having the word “mild” in the name of this categorization, they can still be very serious. A mild traumatic brain injury can still result in a brief loss of consciousness, concussion, headaches, and more.
  • Moderate traumatic brain injuries: The symptoms worsen with moderate TBIs, making it possible for longer loss of consciousness, changes in behavior, irritability, and more.
  • Severe traumatic brain injuries: These are considered to be the most damaging types of traumatic brain injuries and may leave you with loss of consciousness lasting hours, long-term development and cognitive issues, potentially seizures, or even coma.

Most of the long-term damages endured revolve around the problems arising with cognitive, sensory, and developmental abilities, but the physical pain is also something of which you should be wary. Traumatic brain injuries can involve long-term headaches, but should bleeding arise or bruises on the brain, it can be damaging and be significantly dangerous.

Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries

While a traumatic brain injury can impact much of your senses and abilities, a spinal cord injury can affect your functionality. Spinal cord injuries can range anywhere from mild pain to severe damages including paralysis. The level of paralysis you may suffer, however, is often dependent on the area at which the injury occurs.

If you were to endure a spinal cord injury or spine injury, you may have a number of significant needs following this severe of an injury, including the following:

  • Cost of medical care, procedures, and more
  • Cost of therapy, including physical and occupational
  • Cost of modifications to your home and vehicle

One of the worst things you can endure is a spine injury that occurs at the highest level of the spinal cord near your neck. This type of injury can result in full paralysis, which means you may lose functionality of all four of your limbs. Unfortunately, this is common in many different situations, including car crashes, truck accidents, and much more.

Understanding Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can be mild (such as if you were to sustain a sunburn), but there are some acts of negligence that can result in more damaging injuries. When you suffer a burn injury, there are numerous problems that arise for the long term, including the physical pain, scarring, and emotional damages.

Understanding where negligence may exist following a burn injury can be difficult, but there are numerous situations where someone else’s actions can cause you harm, including the following:

  • You may suffer a burn injury if someone commits arson or another criminal act subjecting you to exposure to flames and significant heat.
  • You may suffer a burn injury if someone spills scalding hot liquid on you, such as while serving you at a restaurant.
  • You may suffer a burn injury as a result of exposure to defective electrical wiring.

Unfortunately, these types of injuries can be lifelong. You should recognize your right to pursue compensation and work with a lawyer who can pursue the compensation you need.

Understanding Severe Broken Bones

While many people can suffer broken bones in various situations, some broken bones may be worse than others depending on the severity of the break and the care received afterwards. Unfortunately, some of the most severe breaks can heal incorrectly, resulting in your suffering long-term pain and requiring additional medical care.

Broken bones can happen in many negligence-related situations, but some of the most common include car accidents, truck collisions, motorcycle accidents, and more.

Understanding Amputations

There are some situations in which amputations are performed for medical reasons. However, in terms of negligence, an amputation may be more of a severing of the limb in which you are involved in a severe accident and the metal frame cuts deep into your limbs. However, some acts of negligence can still result in amputations.

One of the main problems that can lead to amputation is medical malpractice. If you are misdiagnosed, the doctor may wrongly amputate a limb because they believe you have something you don’t. This is considered negligence.

Understanding Internal Organ Damage

You have significant and vital organs within your body, and any kind of damage to them can be damaging. For instance, you may suffer internal organ damage in a car accident in which your ribs break and puncture an organ. Other causes of organ damage include acts of violence, slip and falls, and other problems involving negligence.

When you suffer internal organ damage, it can also involve internal bleeding. If the bleeding is not stopped quickly, it can result in damages that can be fatal. Depending on the part of the body injured, the result can be long-term damages as well, even if the bleeding is caught in time.

At Briggle & Polan, PLLC, we’re well aware of the various problems you may encounter as a result of negligence. Catastrophic injuries are a real possibility, and they can leave you with permanent damages for which you need to pursue compensation. With our team, you can be aware of your rights and recognize the various parties who can be held accountable.

Our Austin catastrophic injury attorneys are committed to helping you through the process. We’re well aware of the various ways you can endure harm, and we work with you to fully understand your rights. Trust that we’re ready to guide you through the process and give you a voice to stand up against negligence.

We’ll be here to help you understand what rights you have, who you can hold accountable, and the most effective ways to move forward. You can rely on our team to be the dedicated and committed advocates ready to champion your right to compensation when you need it most. Let us help you hold negligence accountable.

Call our legal team today at (512) 400-3278. We offer free consultations to help you understand what rights you have and answer any of your questions before you make a financial commitment.