Catastrophic Injuries

Severe injuries are often referred to as “catastrophic”.  When a catastrophic injury occurs, the victim will likely never be the same physically or emotionally.

A catastrophic injury or illness usually occurs suddenly and without warning and can leave a person suffering from permanent disabilities for the rest of his/her life. Catastrophic injuries are any injuries that have serious, long-term effects on the victim. Catastrophic injuries can often put serious stress on the victim's family because they may need constant supervision or assistance for the rest of their lives, as well as a lifetime of rehabilitation and medical bills.

Some of the most common catastrophic injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries: Devastating injuries to the neck or back can result in trauma to the spinal cord. Since the spinal cord is responsible for transmitting signals from the brain to the rest of the body, spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia.

  • Burn injuries: Severe burns can result in permanent disfigurement and nerve damage. Burn injuries are considered catastrophic when a significant portion of the body is permanently damaged.

  • Loss of Limb: If you or someone you love is learning to live life with an amputated limb, due to a catastrophic incident, you understand what a challenging, often overwhelming change it can be. The loss of a limb affects everything from your ability to make a living to your social life and your overall quality of life. From surgeries to prosthetics and adaptive living equipment, losing a limb can be extremely financially draining.

  • Loss of Eyesight and/or Hearing:  Loss of your eyesight or hearing sometimes happens naturally, which is not considered a catastrophic loss; however, a traumatic or catastrophic incident may be the cause of one or both of these tragic losses.  We understand that no amount of money can ease the pain of not being able to see a loved one's face or losing the pleasure of listening to a favorite song. Financial compensation cannot erase the losses you have suffered, but it can help you provide for yourself and your family during the incredibly difficult aftermath of an injury.

Victims of catastrophic injuries have the right to pursue financial compensation for their losses. Damages that may be recovered through a successful claim include:

  • Lost current and future wages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Permanent disability
  • Current and future medical bills
  • The cost of rehabilitation services

The law office of Keith S. Douglass & Associates, L.L.P., has represented severely injured victims who have suffered from paralysis, quadriplegia, paraplegia and traumatic brain injuries. We know the suffering and challenges not only victims, but also their families, endure in such situations. Our law firm serves as a one-stop legal resource for these victims and their families. Our goal is to help these victims and their family members reclaim their lives and obtain a sense of justice and financial security. Please contact us at 509-326-8200 or toll free at 800-245-2889 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.