Common Severe Injuries
Kansas attorneys handling cases involving brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and more.
A severe personal injury accident in Kansas can instantly change a person's life and the lives of other people. A catastrophic injury often prevents an individual from performing any gainful work. People who sustain such injuries may be permanently disabled. Modifications to a home may be necessary. Injured individuals may need special assistance and supervision for the rest of their lives.
When these accidents happen due to someone else's reckless or negligent behavior, knowing what to do afterward can be overwhelming. How will you pay your bills? Will you or your loved one require surgery or long-term rehabilitation? What if you need to pay for modifications to your home to make it handicapped accessible?
We can help you answer all these important questions and work with you to develop a strategy to make a strong personal injury claim. That's because the attorneys at Bretz Injury Law have years of experience handling catastrophic injury cases. Overall, we have helped injury victims and their families obtain more than $250 million in verdicts and settlements. We have obtained several recoveries for our clients that were over $1 million. One of our cases involved a $50 million settlement in a wrongful death claim.
What are common severe injuries in Kansas?
Catastrophic injuries, which are caused by any number of circumstances, have a significant impact on the lives of victims and their families. The following are just a few common severe injuries:
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the term used to describe the damage to the brain suffered as a result of a sudden physical force. The human brain consists of billions of microscopic fibers, suspended in cerebrospinal fluid. While the exterior skull is smooth, the inner surface contains ribbing and pronounced bony structures. Impact with these inner surfaces of the skull may cause tearing and bruising that results in brain damage.
Injuries occur when momentum of the brain causes it to impact against a skull that has been decelerated. Typically, TBI is caused by the impact of a head with an object, such as the windshield or dashboard of a car. In such cases, the injury is considered to be a closed-head injury. A closed-head injury may also occur when the brain undergoes a severe forward or backward shaking. Examples of this include mishandled infants or whiplash victims. TBI can also be caused by a penetrating head injury, whereby an object such as a bullet or a broken machine penetrates through the skull and into the brain.
Closed-head injuries present unique challenges in litigation since people often show no obvious external symptoms of injury, even though the damage to the brain can be severe. TBI does not refer to brain injuries or defects that are hereditary, congenital or degenerative, or induced by birth trauma, toxic substances, or disease producing organisms.
Among the most painful and severe of injuries, burn injuries can lead to a wide range of health problems, including disfigurement, nerve damage, chronic pain and discomfort. There is also the anxiety and stress that burn victims go through due to the posttraumatic stress disorder they typically acquire from the horrendous injury. Any number of accidents can result in a burn injury, including but not limited to the following:
- House fires
- Dangerous chemical spills
- Electrical fires
- Product malfunctions
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Defective products
Because of the severity of burn injuries and the required amount of medical treatment, medical bills and other expenses often add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars and can be a significant financial burden on the victim and his or her loved ones. We have extensive experience helping victims secure the compensation they need.
Spinal Cord Damage / Paralysis
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of function such as mobility or feeling. Frequent causes of damage are trauma (car accidents, gun shots, falls, etc.) or disease (polio, spina bifida, Friedreich's Ataxia, etc.). The spinal cord does not have to be severed in order for a loss of function to occur. In fact, in most people with SCI, the spinal cord is intact, but the damage to it results in loss of functioning. Almost 11,000 people in the U.S. sustain a traumatic spinal cord injury each year, resulting in temporary or permanent sensory deficit, motor deficit, or bowel or bladder dysfunction. And 200,000 people in this country live with paralysis caused by SCI.
Most victims of spinal cord damage are young and male, although anyone can suffer these debilitating injuries. The most common cause of SCI is motor vehicle crashes. Violence-related SCIs have been steadily increasing over the past two decades. Falls and sports injuries are also associated with damage to the spinal cord.
There are two main types of paralysis. Specifically, the two different kinds of paralysis are:
- Paraplegia - Loss of the use of the legs and lower body. Such injuries mainly occur when damage to the spine occurs below the first thoracic vertebrae.
- Quadriplegia - Loss of use of both legs and arms. This type of injury often occurs when damage to the spine occurs above the first thoracic vertebrae.
Loss of Limbs
The loss of an arm or leg in an accident can be a traumatic, life-changing event. People lose limbs in all types of accidents, including:
- Construction accidents
- Machinery accidents
- Falling accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Other workplace accidents
An amputation can affect a life in so many ways – emotionally, psychologically and socially. If you or a loved had to an arm or leg amputated after an accident or lost a limb due to someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior, contact Bretz Injury Law in Hutchinson, Salina, Wichita, Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal, or Hays. Our attorneys have the experience and resources to identify the liable parties and hold them accountable.
What is the impact of a catastrophic injury on individuals and families?
It's not just the short-term medical expenses that you need to be concerned about after a severe injury accident. It's the long-term costs of a catastrophic injury and the toll that can take on you and your family.
When you have our law firm on your side, we will work diligently to make sure your family receives compensation to cover the true cost of your accident. This may include lost income, lost future income, physical therapy, surgical operations, home modifications and more. We think long term - while we always hope for the best, it is important to plan for the worst.
In cases involving permanent disability or life-altering injuries, the stakes are extremely high. Insurance companies may offer a quick settlement or may even try to deny a claim.
If you were injured, contact Bretz Injury Law immediately. For a free consultation, call (620) 234-8880. We can meet with you in our office, your home, your hospital room or wherever's convenient for you.