Who Can Be Held Liable for a Catastrophic Injury?
August 18, 2019 | Catastrophic Injuries
If you suffered a severe head, neck, or back injury, that has permanently altered your capabilities and functions related to the site of your catastrophic injuries, such as hearing, sight, and coordination, you could be entitled to damages for your severe harm and losses. Proving liability for a catastrophic injury requires proof of injury, evidence of the accident, and representation by a Missouri Catastrophic Injury Lawyer to recover the maximum amount of compensation for your claim.
Common Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries are most commonly caused by severe car accidents, sports accidents, and workplace accidents. The degree of damage caused in accidents can vary significantly, but the most common types of reported catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries – hematomas, diffuse axonal, and brain hemorrhaging are common brain injuries attributed to car accidents, sports accidents, and other events that inflict serious or permanent harm
- Back Injuries – the human back consists of various bones, muscles, and vertebrae, that, when severely injured, can cause issues with coordination, nerves, and other essential functions of the body. In the most serious cases, a victim could face partially permanent or total body paralysis
- Spinal Cord Injuries – paraplegia, tetraplegia, herniated discs, dislocated vertebrae, and damaged nerves are the most common spinal cord injuries. Damage can affect a person’s nerves near their spinal cord, bones, tissues, blood vessels, and other surrounding areas
- Head and Neck Injuries – skull fractures, concussions, and hematomas are commonly reported head injuries, caused by a sudden, blunt-force to the head
The rehabilitation process for catastrophic injuries can be incredibly challenging. Catastrophic injuries can be debilitating and pose sudden physical, mental, emotional, and financial damages that could alter a person’s daily routine and make it difficult to re-learn everyday tasks while adjusting to life post-injury. And while a settlement won’t get rid of a person’s injuries, it can help offset stressful and unexpected medical expenses, mental and emotional distress, loss of income, and other damages that resulted from the accident.
Who is Liable for Catastrophic Injuries?
Car accidents, workplace accidents, and other areas of personal injury can lead to debilitating and disabling injuries, such as chronic back injuries and brain damage. After a severe accident, when proving the other party’s liability, it’s essential to collect evidence right away and speak with a Missouri Personal Injury Lawyer about the accident. An experienced lawyer can make sure that there’s substantial proof of your injuries and ensure that your catastrophic injury claim is valid under Missouri’s injury laws. Without adequate evidence from the accident, such as a police report, medical report, witness reports, and other proof of what happened in the accident, the liable party could attempt to pin the blame for the accident on you, or offer you a lower settlement than your case truly deserves.
Talk to a Missouri Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Now
If you need help proving another person’s liability in a catastrophic accident in Missouri, you aren’t alone. The fourth-leading cause of catastrophic injuries and deaths in Missouri are accidents, such as workers compensation accidents, car crashes, and semi-truck collisions. In most of these cases, victims or their surviving family members can recover a settlement from the liable party that’s proportionate under Missouri’s rule of pure comparative negligence.
If you are thinking about filing a catastrophic injury claim in St. Louis, you can count on Christopher Dixon and the Missouri Catastrophic Injury Lawyers at the Dixon Injury Firm to build a strong claim for your case. Our experienced attorneys have fought for (and won) damages for countless injury victims, and as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer,” recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association, Chris Dixon can aggressively fight for the highest catastrophic injury settlement for your case.
For more information on how the Dixon Injury Firm’s St. Louis Catastrophic Injury Lawyers can produce the best results for your claim, call (314) 208-2808 or contact the Dixon Injury Firm today for a free case review or consultation, and to discuss the options available to your case for recovering compensation.