Catastrophic Injuries

Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injuries, Burn Injuries, Amputations

Catastrophic injuries, whether spinal, brain, burn, or amputation, are devastating and permanent in nature. They can have an enormous impact on the lives of the victims and their families. Catastrophic injuries often require long periods of hospitalization and specialized medical care (medication, surgery, therapy, accessible homes), often for the rest of the person’s life. The medical costs involved with the treatment of a catastrophic injury can be staggering, and the future earning potential of the victim can be greatly reduced or lost entirely.

Catastrophic injuries can be the result of many types of incidents, which include, but are not limited to:

Examples of that we handle include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, and accidental amputations.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury in the United States each year. Of those individuals, about 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized, and 1.365 million are treated and released from an emergency department. TBIs are often the result of slips and falls, auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, sports-related activities, or violence/assaults. A TBI can include a focal injury (confined to small area) or a diffuse injury (affecting a large area of the brain).

Spinal Cord Injury: According to the National Institute for Health, there are an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 spinal cord injuries every year in the United States. Spinal cord injuries often are the result of auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, slips and falls, defective products, sports and recreational activities, or workplace accidents. Spinal cord injuries can include paralysis, paraplegia, and quadriplegia.

Burns: According to the Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation (Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation, May/June 1992), approximately 2.4 million burn injuries are reported each year in the United States. Approximately 650,000 of the injuries are treated by medical professionals, and 75,000 are hospitalized. Of those hospitalized, 20,000 have major burns involving at least 25% of their total body surface. Between 8,000 and 12,000 of patients with burns die, and approximately one million will sustain substantial or permanent disabilities resulting from their burn injury. Burns are often the result of heat exposure to fire, steam, tar, or hot liquids. They can also be the result of chemical burns, thermal burns, auto accidents, and defective products.

Amputations: According to the National Institute for Health, in 2007, there were approximately 1.7 million people with limb loss in the United States (excluding fingers and toes). There are more than 185,000 new amputations performed each year in this country. Amputations are often the result of auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, defective products, and medical malpractice.

If you or a loved one needs an attorney who understands the physical and emotional pain that victims of brain, spinal, amputation, or burn injuries suffer, and if you would like to learn more about your legal rights, please contact Zimmerman & Frachtman here, call (954) 509-1900, or call toll free at (800) 886-LAWS. Our experienced catastrophic injury and personal injury law firm offers free consultations and charges you only if we win your case.