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 the Law Office of J.D. 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
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 delivering 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 by 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
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. The Law Office of J.D. 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
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 dedicated
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.
With over two decades of practice in the field, you can rely on the legal
team at the Law Office of J.D. Smith, PLLC to stick by your case, seeing
it to fruition.
Call our Seattle injury office today to allow us to hear out your case and see what we can do to best help you!