Catastrophic Car Accident Injuries
Being catastrophically injured in a car accident can turn your entire life upside down. Not only can a catastrophic injury cause excruciating pain, it can often have life-altering consequences. It’s natural to feel worried about how you’ll be able to pay your medical bills, make up for lost wages and still make ends meet.
While you’re recovering from a serious crash, you don’t need to deal with pushy insurance companies who want to settle claims for as little as possible. The Chattanooga car accident attorneys at The Davis Firm, LLC can help.
Our experienced lawyers understand the stress and uncertainties that often accompany a catastrophic car accident injury. We can help you navigate the legal system and pursue the compensation you need during such a difficult time.
Call or contact us today for a free consultation.
What Is A Catastrophic Injury?
Many car accident claims involve getting compensation for injuries such as strains, sprains, bruising, cuts and whiplash. While these car accident injuries can require time off work and the need for rehabilitation, they are typically ones in which the victim will make a full recovery.
But with catastrophic injuries, the prospect of recovering fully is much less clear. It may take time to learn whether the injuries will have serious complications or permanent disabilities.
Common catastrophic car accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Blunt force trauma
- Internal organ damage
- Scarring and disfigurement
Suffering any of these types of catastrophic injuries could prevent victims from earning a living, not to mention causing immense pain and suffering. At The Davis Firm, we can help you hold the at-fault parties accountable for their recklessness by demanding maximum compensation for your losses.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Brain injuries range widely in severity, but all have the potential of leaving the victim with lasting cognitive, physical and psychological difficulties.
Types of brain injuries include:
- Concussions: Concussions are a milder form of brain injury that many think of as a hard knock on the head. Most concussions heal with a few days of rest, but should still be taken seriously. Confusion, headache, dizziness and memory problems are common symptoms of a concussion.
- Contusions: A contusion is severe bruising on the brain, caused by blood leaking out of damaged vessels. This can cause swelling, which increases pressure on the brain and can cause permanent damage to nearby cells. A related injury is called a coup-contrecoup, in which bruising occurs at the site of impact as well as the other side of the brain.
- Penetrating injuries: Flying debris from a crash could pierce the skull in a penetrating brain injury
- Diffuse axonal injury: The force of impact in a car accident causes the brain to move back and forth in the skull rapidly. This motion can tear (or “shear”) important nerve fibers, leaving victims with widespread brain damage.
Around 7,500 people are admitted to Tennessee hospitals with TBIs each year. The skilled attorneys at The Davis Firm can help you or your family fight to obtain every dollar you are owed after suffering a catastrophic brain injury.
Spinal Cord Injury
Back injuries are common after a car accident. The most severe form of trauma is damage to the spinal cord, which can lead to partial or total paralysis.
The lifetime costs for someone living with a spinal cord injury can easily reach into the millions. Paralysis inhibits more than just movement. It can affect a person’s ability to breathe independently, regulate body temperature and fight off infections, among other complications.
Getting proper compensation is essential to help spinal cord victims and families to maintain quality of life and face whatever long-term medical complication arise in the aftermath of a car accident. Contacting a knowledgeable lawyer at The Davis Firm can help ensure that you get the reliable, battle-tested legal representation that you need.
Internal Organ Damage
The chest and abdomen are particularly vulnerable in a car accident because they are so exposed and may hit the steering wheel or dashboard. When that happens, the diaphragm can rupture or tear, putting internal organs such as the liver, spleen, and kidneys at risk of serious damage.
Bones in the chest, such as the ribs, can also break, which also poses the additional threat of sustaining a punctured lung.
Vehicle fires, electrical defects, heat and chemical exposure after a car accident can result in painful and disfiguring burns. Victims who are living with burn injuries can frequently expect multiple surgeries or skin grafts during the healing process. Many live with incurable pain and limited range of motion.
Car Accident Amputation
Sadly, somebody parts are damaged beyond repair in a crash. Removing the injured limb may be the victim’s only chance for survival.
Amputees often experience lingering pain, phantom limb syndrome, PTSD, grief and emotional distress as a result of their catastrophic injury. Amputation also can have a significant financial impact after a crash, as it may limit a person’s ability to work or be employed at the same level that they were before the car accident.
Our Chattanooga attorneys can collect medical records, testimony from financial planners and vocational specialists and other evidence to show how your loss has affected your life and livelihood.
How Can The Davis Firm Help Me?
People who are catastrophically harmed in car accidents may be entitled to compensation if their injuries were caused by someone else’s carelessness.
Even if the car accident was partly your fault, Tennessee law says that you still may be able to recover at least some money for your injuries depending on the facts of the case. But you’ll need The Davis Firm to maximize your chances of obtaining full and fair compensation.
Victims in accidents are assigned a percentage of fault based on how much their actions contributed to the wreck. Being assigned a fair proportion of fault is key because it means the difference between getting some compensation or none at all.
With so much on the line, you need our experienced Chattanooga catastrophic injury attorneys to evaluate your claim and ensure that the facts aren’t twisted by greedy insurance companies.
Don’t wait — contact The Davis Firm today for a free consultation.