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Carmel Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
Helping Clients Recover from Serious Injuries
Persons who sustain severe injuries and impairments as a result of the negligence of others need a plan of action for putting their lives back together. Serious injuries can quickly result in severe financial debt through medical expenses, lost wages, and more due to weeks or months of required treatment, rest, and recovery. If injuries are permanent and debilitating, victims need help to determine what they can recover and from whom.
Lawyers are not equal in their knowledge, trial skill, experience, and work ethic. Who you hire to represent you can and will make a difference in your outcome. When you call our firm, our Carmel catastrophic injury attorneys can listen to your story and guide you on the path to successful recovery. We know what information and evidence you need to strengthen your personal injury claim and to hold negligent parties responsible for the damage you have sustained.
What Are Catastrophic Injuries?
While individuals can recover from minor injuries in a matter of days or weeks and likely return to a normal way of life, individuals who sustain catastrophic injuries face a long and difficult road to recovery. Catastrophic injuries can permanently impair the physical, cognitive, and behavioral function of the victim. Such individuals often require long-term medical care, physical therapy, and support to recover.
Common types of catastrophic injuries include:
- Fatal injuries: Death caused by negligence or other wrongful conduct
- Brain injuries: Head trauma, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), brain damage, brain concussions, and brain contusions
- Back and spinal cord injuries: Severed or damaged spinal cord, paralysis injuries, quadriplegia, paraplegia
- Burn injuries: Chemical burns, fire injuries requiring hospitalization, skin grafts, plastic surgery, and infections
Common actions that can cause catastrophic injury to innocent victims include the following:
- Medical malpractice: Human errors by professional healthcare providers are a leading cause of injury and death to American citizens.
- Truck accidents: Truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries to the person involved due to the size and weight of the vehicles involved. Tractor-trailers can weigh more than 30,000 pounds and can cause severe injury and damage to the persons involved.
- Car accidents: Cars that are speeding at the time of collision can and do cause serious injuries. Head-on collisions are the most dangerous kind of car accident and often result in catastrophic head and brain injuries. Ruptured gasoline tanks can cause fires that result in serious burn injuries.
- Product liability: Defective medical and consumer products can cause organ injury or failure, back injury, burns, broken bones, amputations, and more. Manufacturers or sellers of products can be held liable for damages if there is a dangerous defect in a product or if they fail to warn consumers about the risks of using their products.
Recovering Damages in Catastrophic Injury Cases: Economic and Non-Economic Damages Explained
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury in Indiana due to someone else's negligence, it's crucial to understand the types of damages you may be entitled to. Our law firm excels at helping victims of catastrophic injuries seek the compensation they deserve. We work tirelessly to recover both economic and non-economic damages on behalf of our clients.
Economic damages encompass the tangible financial losses directly resulting from the injury. This includes medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and any future expenses related to ongoing medical care or reduced earning capacity. Our experienced attorneys diligently assess the full extent of your economic losses to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to cover these financial burdens.
In addition to economic damages, non-economic damages recognize the intangible and non-monetary losses you have endured. We understand that catastrophic injuries often result in immense pain and suffering, emotional distress, and a significant impact on your overall quality of life. Our compassionate team is dedicated to advocating for your rights and seeking compensation for the profound physical and emotional trauma, loss of enjoyment of life, and strain on personal relationships that you have experienced.
By navigating the complex legal landscape, gathering compelling evidence, and leveraging our extensive expertise, our catastrophic injury lawyers strive to build a strong case that encompasses both economic and non-economic damages. Our goal is to ensure that you receive comprehensive compensation that addresses the full scope of your losses and enables you to move forward with greater financial security and peace of mind.
Your Best Chance at Recovery
Catastrophic injuries can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical costs and destroy the work and earning capacity of individuals. Such injuries can be overwhelming. Our attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience in representing the victims of catastrophic injury and can help you collect the compensation you need and deserve to restore your life to as close to normal as possible.
We can help you recover the following damages:
- Damages for the nature, extent, and permanency of physical, cognitive, and emotional injuries
- Damages for scarring and disfigurement
- Damages for physical pain and emotional distress
- Lost past and future income
- Medical bills, such as the costs of surgeries, hospital stays, medications, equipment, and physical therapy
Our law firm has the resources and experience required to handle complex, large-scale litigation against negligent healthcare providers, corporations, motor vehicle drivers, businesses, insurance companies, property owners, and more. We handle complex cases involving catastrophic injuries and damages with success for our clients. With many millions of dollars in damages recovered for our clients, we have been recognized by our peers in Indiana and nationally for our dedicated and disciplined hard work.
$5,634,669 Verdict for a Wrongful Death Caused by Pneumonia
Lance D. Cline obtained a jury verdict of $5,634,669.84 for the wrongful death of a fifty-two-year-old Indian female married to a sixty-four-year-old Indian male at the time of her death. The couple had no children. The decedent developed MRSA pneumonia, a rare form of pneumonia.
$4,100,000 Verdict for Birth-Related Brachial Plexus Nerve Injuries
Lance D. Cline tried this case to a jury in 2012. The plaintiff was a minor male who sustained injuries to brachial plexus nerves in his right arm at the time of his birth. A shoulder dystocia occurred during the vaginal delivery.
$3,500,000 Verdict for a Brachial Plexus Nerve Injury During Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Lance D. Cline tried this lawsuit to a jury in a conservative, northern Indiana county in 2018. The sixty-five-year-old plaintiff had a history of multiple dislocations in his left shoulder between the ages of fourteen and twenty-five that led to the performance of a Magnuson-Stack procedure upon his left shoulder at the age of twenty-five that prevented further dislocations.
$1,285,000 Verdict For a Minor Who Sustained Permanent Brachial Plexus Nerve Injuries at Birth
Lance Cline presented expert witness testimony from two board-certified obstetricians and a biomechanical engineer with expertise and knowledge regarding physician-applied forces during child delivery. The Defendant made no offer of settlement before the trial. The jury deliberated for ninety minutes before ignoring the medical review panel opinion and returning a verdict in favor of the client in the amount of $1,285,000. That was a record verdict in the county where the case was tried.
The Inner Circle of AdvocatesFounding member, Lance D. Cline, is one of only two Indiana lawyers ever invited into this most prestigious and selective organization of plaintiff trial attorneys.
Best LawyersLance D. Cline has been voted by his peers as a Best Lawyer in America in the fields of medical malpractice and personal injury every year since 1997, as the Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year three times and as the Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year in 2019.
Super Lawyers®Lance D. Cline has been selected by his peers as an Indiana Super Lawyer and as one of Indiana's Top 50 Lawyers since the inception of the award in 2004. He has also been selected as one of Indiana's Top 10 Lawyers in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Indiana Trial Lawyers AssociationLance D. Cline has been a member of ITLA's Board of Directors since 1984 and was selected by his ITLA peers as the Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2018.