Your Rights Following a Catastrophic Injury

May 11, 2022
By Clawson Fargnoli Utsey, LLC

It’s vital to file a personal injury lawsuit when someone else’s negligence causes you harm. However, the law considers some injuries to be more severe than others. They receive a label of being “catastrophic” because of the long-term trauma they can cause.

If you suffer a catastrophic injury, it can impact your claim. Working with a lawyer can help you seek the maximum amount available to you. At Clawson Fargnoli Utsey, LLC, we believe that it is critical to help you understand your rights and options moving forward. We want you to understand your options, and we’ll stand in your corner every step of the way.

These are the catastrophic injuries you might sustain:

  • Spine and spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Severely fractured bones

If you need help navigating a claim following a catastrophic injury, call our firm today at .

Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries

Spine injuries are some of the worst to endure because they can lead to paralysis. Damage to your spinal cord can cause you to lose bodily control or function beneath the injury location. For instance, damage to the middle of your back and spinal cord can cause you to experience paraplegia. As a result, you may be unable to use your lower limbs and require a wheelchair.

Unfortunately, spinal cord injuries can occur in just about every negligence-related action, including:

  • Slip and falls
  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Bicycle accidents

A spinal cord injury may require lifelong use of specialized medical equipment, so it helps to seek compensation for all of your damages.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs, cause significant physical, mental, and cognitive problems. A person who suffers a TBI may deal with sensory issues and developmental delays, or they can endure long-term physical pain from the damage they sustain.

Car accidents and falls are two of the most common causes of brain injuries, but they can arise in nearly any situation involving negligence. Even a minor TBI can result in a concussion, impacting your long-term health and way of life. You may require ongoing medical care, surgeries, and more to recover from your damages.

Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are catastrophic because they cause more than just physical damage. The cosmetic damage associated with burn injuries can cause long-term mental trauma to deal with, including low confidence and self-esteem.

The more severe your burn injury, the more it can impact your long-term health.

  • First-degree burns most often cause redness and pain but no swelling to the outer layer of skin.
  • Second-degree burns can reach the lower layer of skin, causing blistering in the burn area.
  • Third-degree burns can destroy the skin completely and result in long-term pain.
  • Fourth-degree burns can damage nerves, causing numbness in the affected area.

Severely Fractured Bones

Severe bone fractures can cause the bone to protrude out of the skin. It creates the possibility of infections and long-term pain. Severe fractures require surgery and ongoing physical therapy to recover properly. Broken bones can occur in motor vehicle accidents, truck collisions, slip and falls, acts of violence, and more.

You can seek compensation following a severe injury, and having a lawyer helps show the long-term impact on your quality of life.

At Clawson Fargnoli Utsey, LLC, we work to help you with the most complex situations you might encounter. If someone else’s negligence causes you to suffer a catastrophic injury, know that we will stand by your side. We work on your behalf, and you can get our Charleston personal injury attorneys in your corner with just one phone call.

For a free consultation, we encourage you to call us at today and learn more about your rights.