Personal injury accidents sometimes result in very serious injuries that can cause severe and permanent disability. In these cases, recovery can be greater due to the permanent loss of function or ability, and in some cases, wrongful or accidental death.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Each year, over one million people sustain traumatic brain injuries ("TBI") in the United States, many of them children. TBIs occur when a sudden physical force to the head or excessive shaking causes brain damage. TBIs can be mild and temporary, such as a concussion, more serious and even permanently debilitating, such as amnesia or extended unconsciousness, or even fatal.
Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injury ("SCI") is damage to the spinal cord resulting from a vertebral disease or a blunt force or impact to the neck, back, or spine. When the spinal cord is harmed, the nerves above the place of injury work normally, but the nerves below the injury can become unable to send messages to the brain. This means that the higher on the spinal cord the injury occurs, the more bodily functions are affected. People who suffer SCI typically experience loss of feeling, movement, and/or control over certain bodily functions. In its most severe form, spinal cord injuries can cause paraplegia (impairment of the lower limbs) or tetriplegia (impairment of all four limbs).
Amputation is the removal of a limb or extremity either by a traumatic event or through a surgical procedure. In addition to extensive initial costs for medical treatment, those who suffer amputation must deal with the permanent physical and emotional impact of permanently losing an arm or leg. As a result, damages in amputation cases can be extensive and these cases require complex damage calculations and experienced attorneys.
Each year, more than one million people require medical attention due to burns in the United States, and thousands die from burns and related infections. Common causes of burn injuries include scalding from hot or boiling water, and explosions of flammable liquids or gases. Burn injuries typically often result from negligence and defective products.
Burn injuries damage the skin and, depending on the severity, make the body susceptible to immediate complications such as infection, hypothermia, dehydration, and even damage to internal organs. Burns can also have longer-lasting impact including severe physical and emotional scarring.
Seek Experienced Legal Counsel
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in an accident, it is especially important to have legal representation that is highly experienced in handling these complex and difficult cases. The attorneys at Cervantes & Associates have handled numerous personal injury cases throughout Missouri and Illinois involving serious injuries and can assist you in getting the maximum recovery to which you are entitled. Contact Cervantes & Associates today for a free initial consultation regarding your case.