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Nashville Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

Nashville Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

Motor vehicle accidents run the gamut from minor fender-benders to horrifying crashes that total one or more cars and leave the occupants with catastrophic injuries. These are injuries that change your life so dramatically there is virtually nothing left of the old life, and you have to learn new and limited ways to function in the world, if you have any function left at all. Catastrophic injuries are paralyzing spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and extensive burns covering a large portion of the body.

Spinal Cord Damage

Spinal cord injuries are physically and emotionally devastating because they typically cause permanent paralysis. Every year around 12,000 people in the US suffer spinal cord injuries, many of them in car accidents and many caused by another driver’s negligence. The extent of paralysis depends of the area of the spinal cord damaged.

When the injury is to the lower or middle part of the spine, the result is paraplegia—paralysis of the body below the injury. A person with paraplegia is unable to walk or feel anything in the lower body but will usually retain use of the arms.

A spinal cord injury in the upper part of the spine causes quadriplegia—paralysis of the entire body below the injury, including arms and legs. A person with quadriplegia has no feeling or function in the arms and legs and also may need a ventilator to assist with breathing.

A spinal cord injury victim is usually confined to a wheelchair, may require a lifetime of care and adaptive devices, and may never work again or live independently. The costs of medical care, physical, psychological, and occupational therapy, in-home assistance, and redesign of the home to accommodate the disability can run into millions of dollars.

Brain Injuries

A brain injury can permanently deprive the victim of physical and mental function.

Open head injuries are caused by an object breaking through the skull and damaging the brain. These can be readily observed.

Closed head injuries make up about 75 percent of the roughly 17 million brain injuries that occur every year in the US. In closed head injuries, the damage occurs inside of the intact skull and the membrane surrounding the brain. They can range from mild temporary concussions to intercranial hematomas or contusions to diffuse axonal injuries, which cause coma, persistent vegetative state, or death. Closed head injuries can cause a lifetime of physical, cognitive, and psychological, impairment.

Severe Burns

Burns are catastrophic injuries that not only cause excruciating pain but also often result in extensive disfigurement and loss of function. Burns can permanently change the victim’s appearance and are especially devastating when they disfigure the face. Potential complications of serious burns include gangrene, amputation, multiple organ failure, breathing problems, sepsis, shock, and death.

Accident victims who have suffered catastrophic injuries not only need expensive long term medical care, they are often unable to ever return to work. The loss of quality of life is enormous and expenses astronomical. It is essential that you find a lawyer who is experienced in going after large recoveries to cover your huge economic losses as well as your non-economic losses—pain, suffering, disfigurement, disability, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Nashville Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

If you or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic injury caused by someone else’s negligence, Phillip Miller, a nationally recognized board-certified Nashville personal injury lawyer, can help. In his thirty-year legal career, helped hundreds of victims of horrific injuries and their families get the compensation they need to move forward.

Call the Miller & Associates today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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