Catastrophic Injury Accident Lawyer in Louisiana
When you get into a car accident, you may suffer catastrophic injuries, especially if your vehicle is smaller than the one that hits you. Cars that collide with motorcycles or large trucks that hit smaller passenger vehicles often cause catastrophic injuries that may prove life-changing for injured individuals.
If you suffer from catastrophic injuries, contact a Louisiana catastrophic injury attorney. The Louisiana personal injury lawyers at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys offer a free case evaluation to discuss your accident and determine your eligibility to pursue compensation for your injuries.
Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys – We Get Results for Our Clients
When you suffer from catastrophic injuries that affect you long-term, you will most likely have medical expenses and might not have the ability to work again. In some cases, you might have the ability to work, but you might not make the same amount of money you made before the accident.
At Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, we fight for a fair and reasonable recovery based on your specific injuries.
For past clients, we have recovered:
- $21,700,000 for a construction worker who suffered severe injuries on the job
- $13,800,000 for a person who suffered a double leg amputation because of injuries from a defective bridge rail
- $13,000,000 in an accident where a commercial big truck caused a young boy’s brain injury
- $8,415,000 for a bicyclist who suffered multiple long-term severe injuries after a car hit the bicyclist. This case settled.
- $8,400,000 after a GSU gas explosion caused a severe burn injury. This case resulted in a trial award.
- $8,250,000 for a client who suffered paraplegia after an accident caused by a low highway shoulder. The judge issued the award against the Department of Transportation and Development.
- $8,000,000 for burns over 70 percent of a seaman’s body. A boat explosion caused the burns.
- $7,650,750 for a client who was hit by a big rig while driving a company truck
Injuries may range from cuts, bruises, scrapes, and minor road rash to catastrophic injuries that could take months of recovery or cause more long term injuries. Some catastrophic injuries can cause permanent disability.
What Are Catastrophic Injuries?
A catastrophic injury is a severe injury that causes long-term or permanent disabilities or is one that takes months from which to recover fully.
Catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries, including all concussions
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Back injuries
- Dental damage
- Loss of limbs
Concussions, even less severe concussions, can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) later in life. In many cases, individuals who have suffered at least one concussion are more at risk for developing CTE. Doctors can only definitively diagnose CTE during an autopsy; however, with better imaging techniques, doctors are learning more about the way tau, a nerve cell protein, forms abnormal patterns in the tissue around blood vessels in the brain.
Other catastrophic injuries could cause ambulatory issues, nerve function problems, or even internal injuries that may require lifelong medical care. These injuries can cost thousands of dollars, if not millions. In one recent year, traffic accidents cost victims $1.25 billion nationwide.
Recoverable Damages in Louisiana Catastrophic Injury Claims
When you suffer catastrophic injuries in an accident, you may potentially collect three types of damages, depending on the cause of the accident. Louisiana offers (1) special damages, (2) general damages, and (3) exemplary damages. In most cases, those who suffered injuries collect special damages and, if they suffered severe or catastrophic injuries, general damages.
Courts award exemplary damages only when the defendant’s actions or inactions constitute gross negligence or were intentional. For example, a drunk driver might have to pay a victim exemplary damages if an accident results in injuries.
How to Pay Medical Expenses and Other Damages After a Louisiana Catastrophic Injury
It often takes time to reach a settlement or to complete litigation. However, many medical professionals will work with you if they know that you are working on a settlement or going to trial with an attorney. If you cannot pay medical expenses, let your doctors know that you are working with a catastrophic injury attorney to reach a settlement or pursue litigation. Your medical professionals might not report late medical expenses.
Contact a Louisiana Catastrophic Injury Lawyer at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys
If you suffer from catastrophic injuries because of an accident—whether a vehicle accident, a work-related accident, a slip and fall or another type of accident—contact the experienced Louisiana catastrophic injury attorneys at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys. You can reach us online or by calling 888.501.7888 at any time for a free case evaluation.