Catastrophic & Serious Injuries

A catastrophic injury caused by an accident or negligence is one of the most traumatic things a family can experience. In a single moment, catastrophic injury victims can find themselves facing a lifetime of pain, permanent disability or even a shortened life expectancy.

Throughout the last decade, Simmons Hanly Conroy has represented victims who have suffered a wide range of injuries from car accidents to sports injuries.

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  • Back Injuries
  • Back Injury Lawsuits
  • Burn Injuries
  • Amputation injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Wrongful Death
  • Toxic Exposure

Back Injuries

Back injuries due to on the job related accidents or functions can be caused for a wide array of reasons. From a slip or fall to repetitive motions, the injuries suffered can be long lasting, affecting a person and their family’s quality of life for years to come.

Common job related back injuries include:

  • Herniated Discs
  • Chronic and Debilitating Pain
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Fractured Vertebrae

On some occasions, the full severity of the back injury may not reveal itself for months or even years after an accident. This is why seeking the guidance of a legal professional becomes essential. If you are suffering from a debilitating back injury, you may be entitled to compensation.

While your back injury may be the result of an array of factors, its cause may be linked to the negligence of another party. In these cases, the negligent party can often be held accountable. In addition to falls and hazardous working conditions, the Mayo Clinic (1) sites other common causes of workplace back injuries such as force, repetition, stress and posture.

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Burn Injuries

An experience leading to life-changing burn injuries can be catastrophic and traumatic. When a situation of negligence results in serious, painful burn injuries, you deserve to hold the party responsible for this injury accountable for their actions.

According to the American Burn Association, approximately 450,000 burn injuries occurred in the United States in 2012 that required medical treatment. While not all of these injuries were the fault of another, it is certainly possible that some were. You do not have to live your life feeling the burden of someone else’s mistake. Through a personal injury lawsuit with the Firm, you can get the compensation and respect you deserve.*

Amputation Injuries

An amputation is a tremendously difficult time for a family. What makes the situation even more tragic is that, sometimes, an amputation can be prevented.

While the amputation of a limb is often medically necessary, it can sometimes be caused by the negligence of another. In these cases, the negligent party can be held responsible for their actions through a lawsuit.

Situations that may call for an amputation injury lawsuit include:

  • Industrial, auto or recreational accident caused by another party’s negligence
  • Amputation without enough medical evidence
  • Poor post-surgical care leads to gangrene, necessitating an amputation
  • Medical team does not follow best practices or responds too slowly to save the limb
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Brain Injuries

Because the brain is one of the least understood organs in the body, traumatic brain injuries can be extremely complex. Whether the injury affects the entire brain or just a small portion, it can result in long-term symptoms like:

  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Paralysis
  • Seizures
  • Severe headache
  • Trembling
  • Vision loss
  • Weakness in limbs

Because brain injuries involve so many intricate issues, they are among the most difficult personal injury lawsuits to handle. Not only does the plaintiff need to prove that negligence was involved in the injury, but he must also provide solid evidence to support the compensation he’s seeking – not an easy task when doctors still do not fully understand the long-term effects of brain trauma.

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Defective Products

A defective product can cause you physical harm through no fault of your own. When this occurs, you may feel like you are left to deal with the physical, emotional and financial damages caused by this unfortunate situation. This is simply not true. The personal injury attorneys at the Firm have the resources to help you hold those responsible for the defective product accountable.

Claims for defective product lawsuits typically fall into one of three categories of product liability:

  1. Defective manufacture
  2. Defective design
  3. Failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions regarding the proper use of the product

Spinal Cord Injuries

Injuries that affect the spinal cord are among the most difficult for families to deal with. These injuries damage the nerves that relay messages between the brain and the body, disrupting major body systems and causing serious complications like paralysis, loss of day-to-day functions and muscle spasms.

Since these injuries usually occur in people under 30 years old, they often require decades of expensive treatment. While some function is usually restored between a week and six months after the injury, the road back to a normal life is often much longer than that of other injuries.

According to the Mayo Clinic (1), the most common causes of spinal cord injuries are:

  1. Auto accidents– Car and motorcycle accidents cause more than 40 percent of spinal cord injuries
  2. Falls– While a high percentage of spinal cord injuries occur early in life, most of the serious spine injuries that occur after age 65 are caused by a fall.
  3. Violence– Another 15 percent of spine injuries come from violence, mainly gunshot and knife wounds.
  4. Sports– Among young people, impact and shallow water sports account for a high percentage of spinal cord injuries.
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Wrongful Death

A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by an immediate family member of someone who was killed as a result of negligence or harmful intent. At Simmons Hanly Conroy, we have years of experience helping family members navigate the tricky legal waters of wrongful death lawsuits during one of the most difficult times of their lives. The wrongful death attorneys at our nationwide law firm will travel anywhere in the country to offer their expertise.

Often, people do not realize that they are eligible for a wrongful death lawsuit. The two main points a catastrophic injury lawyer must prove to win a wrongful death lawsuit are:

1: The death was caused by negligence or harmful intent on the part of another

Negligence is often a part of many deaths deemed “accidents.” Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed in a number of situations, including:

  • Auto, airplane or boating accidents
  • Occupational exposure to hazardous material
  • Fatal sickness caused by pollutants
  • Death during sports and other supervised activities
  • Criminal violence

2: The surviving immediate family has suffered financial loss

There are a number of reasons a family may suffer financial loss as a result of a wrongful death, including:

  • Loss of income
  • Medical expenses
  • Burial expenses
  • Loss of companionship
  • Care expenses
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of paternal guidance
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Toxic Exposure

When exposed to dangerous toxins, serious and sometimes life-threatening health problems can arise. Toxic exposure occurs all over the country. Many times the individual is unaware of the exposure dangers or of the toxic exposure altogether. When toxic exposure occurs from the negligence of another and results in injury, it may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

The Simmons Hanly Conroy lawyers have years of experience helping clients who were wrongly exposed to dangerous toxins. Examples of chemicals and toxic substances that can cause serious harm include:

  • Asbestos exposure
  • Benzene exposure
  • Lead exposure
  • Pesticide exposure (dioxin, DDT)
  • Dry cleaning chemical agent exposure
  • Arsenic exposure
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