It goes without saying that all injuries are painful and unpleasant. However, some injuries are more severe than others. While some injuries heal with relative ease and result in minimal damage, others are extremely disruptive and leave devastating long-term effects in their wake. A catastrophic injury can leave its victim permanently disabled, and in the worst cases, may even result in death.
If you or one of your loved ones has suffered from a catastrophic injury because of the recklessness, carelessness, or intentional actions of another party, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. Catastrophic injuries require extensive, costly medical care, at a time when the victims are left unable to work and support themselves. These devastating injuries cause suffering not only for the person who has been hurt, but for their family members as well. When an individual incurs a catastrophic injury, his or her life and the lives of their loved ones may be altered forever.
Our Catastrophic Injury Attorneys Can Help
At the Law Practice of Ken Kieklak, our Arkansas catastrophic injury attorneys have been providing aggressive legal representation to injury victims and their families for nearly 20 years. Our seasoned legal team has extensive experience in all matters pertaining to catastrophic injury litigation, and we are fully prepared to begin working on your case. We will listen to your story and advocate for you by:
- Explaining the catastrophic injury litigation process to you.
- Dealing with large insurance companies for you.
- Obtaining the necessary medical and employment documentation to properly litigate your case.
- Helping you answer burdensome discovery requests for the other party.
- Negotiating with the insurance company, or trying your case to ensure you receive adequate compensation.
While catastrophic injury litigation cannot erase the physical and emotional pain you have endured, it can result in a financial award which can cover the costs of your injury care. Additionally, many clients find that pursuing litigation gives them something even more valuable: peace of mind that the responsible party is held accountable for their conduct, and that other victims will not be hurt needlessly in the future.
What is Considered a Catastrophic Injury?
What makes an injury catastrophic?
Essentially, an injury may be considered catastrophic when it is extremely severe and causes changes to the victim’s life. While painful and inconvenient, a broken finger is not a catastrophic injury, because it will heal and results in little to no debilitating impairment. By comparison, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) which results in permanently damaged cognitive and/or physical function is a catastrophic injury. Some common types of catastrophic injuries include:
- TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
- Neck Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Severe Burns
- Accidental Amputations
- Multiple Fractures
Catastrophic injuries can be caused by many different events, including but not limited to:
- Automobile Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Fires and Explosions
- Airplane Accidents
- Defective or Malfunctioning Products
- Work-Related Injuries
- Sports-Related Injuries
According to the Catastrophic Head Injuries in High School and Collegiate Sports study published by the Journal of Athletic Training, cheerleading, baseball, and track and field result in the highest incidence of catastrophic sports-related injuries.
TBI, or Traumatic Brain Injury, is another prevalent cause of catastrophic injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that from 2002-2006, TBI alone annually resulted in annual averages of:
- 52,000 deaths
- 275,000 hospitalizations
- 1,356,000 visits to the Emergency Department
If you or a loved one has experienced a catastrophic injury, you do not have to shoulder this heavy burden without professional support. You could have a strong case for a catastrophic injury lawsuit, and may be eligible to receive financial compensation to help cover your medical costs. To speak confidentially with a catastrophic injury lawyer who can evaluate your case, contact the Law Practice of Ken Kieklak online, or call us today at (479) 316-0438. We listen to our clients, and don’t get paid until you do.