Catastrophic Injuries Attorney In St. Louis, MO
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Catastrophic injuries can affect individuals for the rest of their lives. Birth injuries, brain, and spinal cord injuries are classified as catastrophic injuries because they can often cause long-term or permanent disability or disfigurement. On-going and long-term medical care is invariably required for these types of injuries. For individuals and their families, the injuries and the cost of medical care can be devastating. These cases often involve an extended recovery period and a lifetime of medical care related to the injuries.
Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers is a personal injury law firm based in St. Louis, MO. We’ve been practicing in this area of the law for decades and have experience with catastrophic injury claims. If you or a loved one has suffered catastrophic injuries a result of someone else’s careless or reckless behavior—or by a dangerous product—turn to us for help to take legal action. We have a wealth of experience and can put our knowledge to work for you.
Catastrophic Injuries in Missouri
The state of Missouri defines catastrophic injuries as those that result in paralysis, loss of two or more limbs, loss (or failure) of a major organ, substantial loss of vision, or permanent cognitive impairment. These types of injuries prevent individuals from performing routine activities like walking or running. They often prevent individuals from working in their chosen occupation or working at all. In our 90 years of collective experience, we’ve seen catastrophic injury cases that involve:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Eye injury and vision loss
- Severe burns
- Blunt force trauma
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Orthopedic injuries
- Severe neck injuries
- Crushing injuries
Sometimes these types of injuries cause death. Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers offers a free initial consultation. We can discuss your claim with you and help you decide how to proceed.
In order to win a catastrophic injury claim and achieve compensation for these injuries, plaintiffs must prove that the defendant is at fault either because of negligence, carelessness, or wrong-doing. Sometimes assigning fault is simple and straightforward. An angry mall patron pushes an innocent bystander down the escalator—and the incident is caught on camera. Or, a drunk driver runs a red light and hits another vehicle who was abiding by the rules of the road—and there are multiple witness accounts.
Sometimes these cases can be more complicated, particularly when the plaintiff shares a percentage of the fault. For example, they another vehicle ran a red light and hit them, but they weren’t wearing their seatbelt. The defense attorney will make the case the injuries may be been reduced or prevented if the seatbelt was worn. In such cases, the defendant might be found to have 90 or 80 percent of the guilt—and will be responsible for that percentage of the compensation award.
The fact is, if you’ve been injured because of the fault of someone else, you have a right by law to seek compensation for your injuries. While it can be difficult to prove negligence in some cases, we have a proven track record for success and are highly experienced in multiple types of personal injury cases. If you need a St. Louis catastrophic injury attorney, you can rely on our firm to help.
Catastrophic compensation is frequently associated with larger awards due to the nature of the injuries and the need for on-going medical care. In the state of Missouri, personal injury victims can seek two types of damages: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to the medical costs for treating the injuries as well as the lost work wages. In these types of cases, life-long medical care is often required—and many of the victims can never work again. These costs, too, can be factored into the economic damages.
How do we arrive at a fair compensation amount? These cases have to be carefully assessed. We frequently consult with multiple medical experts for catastrophic injury cases as well as an accountant or actuary. We must establish what types of medical care is likely to be required in the future along with the costs. If an individual is no longer able to work and make a salary as they once used to, they can claim their lost future earnings. We take great care to help clients arrive at an accurate estimation.
As far as non-economic damages, plaintiffs can claim pain and suffering. For most personal injury claims, this amount is capped at $350,000 in the state of Missouri, but it is adjusted for inflation each year. The cap is raised for cases of medical malpractice and catastrophic injuries. Individuals who have a catastrophic injury can seek non-economic damages up to $700,000. If you elect to hire Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers, we will fight for your right to fair compensation either at the negotiation table or in the court room.
How Can Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers Help You?
Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers has represented more than 8,000 clients in our tenure. We have a vast amount of experience fighting for clients to win lucrative settlements and large compensation awards. When you contact us for legal advice or to represent you in your fight for fair compensation, you can rely on us to perform a wide range of legal services that include:
- Thoroughly evaluate your claim: we will examine your case detail by detail to understand its merits and challenges. If you choose to proceed, we will address those challenges and do everything in our power to support your claim.
- File court documents: our attorneys will handle all the court filings and case-related paperwork. We’ll take time to go over these documents so you understand each one before signing off on any of them.
- Investigate: our attorneys are diligent investigators. We will attempt to procure evidence that supports your claim. This may be photos, witness statements, video footage, etc…Gathering evidence that supports your claim is integral to its success.
- Communicate: Our attorneys excel in the communication department. First, you can count on them to keep you apprised of your case and any updates that come in. We will also communicate on your behalf with insurance companies, their lawyers, and the at-fault party’s lawyers. We will represent your interests diligently. It’s best to let us speak with them so you don’t say or do something to harm your case.
- Negotiate / Litigate: We are experienced negotiators and litigators. Many catastrophic injury cases are successfully negotiated—particularly when the fault is clear. When a settlement cannot be achieved through negotiation, we will escalate the matter to the courtroom where we will fight for your rights before a judge or jury. We are tenacious in our fight for your justice.
Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers is a small law firm that is known for our big results. Being small allows us to provide clients with personalized attention. They deserve this type of care and the customized representation we insist upon.
Catastrophic Injuries in Detail:
Brain Injuries: Traumatic brain injuries may be caused by slips and falls, motor vehicle accidents, surgeon negligence—even skiing accidents. The CDC estimates that 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. Many of these injuries can cause long-term and permanent disability.
Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries have immense physical and psychological repercussions. Serious spinal cord injuries can result in permanent paralysis. Some people lost the loss of their legs. Others—their entire body from their neck down. These types of injuries often occur as a result of a motorcycle accident, truck accident, construction site accident, or sports injury. Individuals who suffer from these injuries typically require on-going medical care.
Birth Injuries: Birth injuries may occur because of birthing complications. They can involve improper prenatal medical care or possibly even a medication. Birthing injuries can have life-long impact on the child and their family. These, too, are among some of the most devastating injuries for sufferers.
In each of these cases, we promise to do everything we can to secure fair compensation. Medical costs can be staggering. If these injuries were caused by another, you have the right to seek damages. Because we are highly experienced and have practiced personal injury law for decades, we have the skill sets our clients need. We will stand by you every step of the legal journey. Our goal is to win justice for you.
If you have suffered catastrophic injuries, turn to Wolff & Wolff Trial Lawyers for help. Schedule your free initial consultation today.