Seattle Catastrophic Injury Attorney
A catastrophic injury is an injury that is typically life-threatening and has lasting consequences on a victim's life. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured because of another's negligent or reckless conduct, it is important that you consider taking legal action. Not only can a personal injury attorney pursue justice on your behalf, but they can seek out the financial compensation you rightfully deserve. By an educated lawyer at Ward Smith PLLC for a consultation, you can learn more about your legal rights and options following a catastrophic injury.
Injuries Included in This Category
There are many different severe injuries that could qualify as catastrophic in nature. Typically this type of damage affects the victim for a long period of time, possibly even for their entire life. Below we have listed some of the most common types of catastrophic injuries, including:
Spinal Cord Injuries: When an individual damages their spinal cord, it may even appear minimal in nature, but it can have drastic effects on the way they live their life. Sadly there are thousands of people that suffer from
spinal cord injuries (SCI) each year, leaving them typically with some degree of inhibited movement. Paralysis or quadriplegia may occur in the most severe cases, leaving the person frustrated, in pain and debilitated for the rest of their lives.
Amputations/Loss of Limb: This can occur from a variety of instances, whether from a serious car crash, medical malpractice or workplace accident and it will indefinitely leave an individual with serious impairments. Sometimes these accidents cause life-threatening situations that require the removal of a limb. Of all
amputations, 82% have been attributed to vascular disease and are a result of blood vessel issues, especially ones that may have gone undiagnosed.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Injury occurs to the fragile brain tissue if it is jolted within the skull or the skull breaks from contact with an outside force. The harm that can happen from a TBI may cause life-long disabilities, inhibiting mental behavior, physical actions and social cognitive abilities. Not only can this injury affect the victim, but also his or her loved ones as they may end up having to take close care of the victim for extended periods of time or possibly the rest of their life.
Birth Injury: Unfortunately, there can be complications when delivery a baby that can result in serious harm to the child or the mother. Whether the medical staff does not take the proper precautions to deliver the baby in a timely manner or their negligence when administering anesthesia causes birth defects, there are devastating complications that can occur. Some children that experience birth trauma may end up with internal bleeding, fractures, temporary paralysis or more life-altering disorders such as cerebral palsy.
Damage to Internal Organs: The internal organs on a person's body can easily be damaged with enough pressure or blunt force trauma. One of the most common ways an individual can fall victim to this is in a car accident, especially for the abdominal region as it can be forcibly pressed up against the steering wheel or seatbelt. Broken bones can easily puncture other organs, causing internal bleeding and the kidneys, liver, bowels and spleen are all very susceptible to serious internal injuries caused my medical malpractice and other incidents of negligence.
Burn Injuries: Whether the skin is burned in a car fire after an accident, workplace chemicals cause damage to the lungs, or an x-ray is done improperly causing scorching of the skin, the individual at risk may be able to seek compensation. Negligent or careless actions on the part of employers or medical professionals that caused the harm may be held liable for any complications and health issues from
What is my next step?
You most likely have questions about whether you can file an insurance claim for medical bills, and what other damages a claim or lawsuit may cover. Ward Smith PLLC has extensive experience in helping victims and families of victims of serious accidents. We can evaluate the true worth of your claim and then take action to hold the responsible party liable for their conduct. By working with specialists in medicine, accident reconstruction, forensics, and economics, Attorney Smith can work to prove what your case is worth and why the other party should be held accountable.
Injury Attorney for Serious Accidents in Seattle, Washington
After suffering a catastrophic injury, the last thing you should have to worry about is whether your insurance claim will be paid or whether you will be able to rebuild your life. By involving an intelligent and dedicate legal professional as soon as possible, you can focus on recovering and spending time with loved ones as your lawyer takes legal action on your behalf.
Included in the list of Washington's Super Lawyers® in 2004 and from 2007-2012 each year consecutively, one of our founding Seattle personal injury attorneys, J.D. Smith, has extensive legal experience. His partner, Attorney Ronald Ward, has been named as one of the Top 40 Personal Injury Lawyers in Washington, denoting his commitment and dedication to pursuing justice on behalf of his clients. With nearly five decades of practice in the field, you can rely on the legal team at Ward Smith, PLLC to stick by your case, seeing it to fruition. Call our office today to allow us to hear out your case and see what we can do to best help you!