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Catastrophic Injury

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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.

Call (317) 526-4467or contact us online for a free consultation regarding your injuries. Our team offers compassionate, disciplined, determined, and loyal service to all our clients.

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:

  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Damage to the spinal cord can result in paralysis, loss of sensation, and impaired bodily functions below the site of the injury. Paraplegia (loss of sensation and function in the lower body) or quadriplegia (loss of sensation and function in both the upper and lower body) can occur depending on the severity and location of the injury.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): Traumatic brain injuries occur due to a sudden impact or jolt to the head, leading to damage to brain tissue. TBIs can result in cognitive impairments, memory loss, motor dysfunction, and changes in behavior or personality. The severity of a TBI can range from mild (concussion) to severe, with long-lasting or permanent effects.
  • Amputations: Loss of a limb due to trauma or surgical intervention is considered a catastrophic injury. Amputations can significantly impact an individual's mobility, independence, and quality of life, requiring extensive rehabilitation and prosthetic interventions.
  • Severe Burns: Burns that cover a large area of the body or penetrate deep into the skin layers can result in catastrophic injuries. Severe burns may cause permanent disfigurement, disability, and complications such as infection or loss of mobility.
  • Multiple Fractures: Extensive bone fractures, particularly those affecting major weight-bearing bones or joints, can lead to long-term disability and impairment of mobility. In some cases, severe fractures may require surgical intervention and prolonged rehabilitation to restore function.
  • Organ Damage: Trauma leading to severe damage to internal organs such as the heart, lungs, liver, or kidneys can have catastrophic consequences. Organ damage may necessitate emergency medical intervention, surgeries, and ongoing medical management to maintain vital functions.
  • Crush Injuries: Crush injuries occur when a part of the body is trapped or compressed between two objects, resulting in tissue damage, fractures, and potentially life-threatening complications such as compartment syndrome or crush syndrome. These injuries often require immediate medical attention, surgical intervention, and intensive care to prevent further damage and restore circulation.
  • Hearing Loss: Severe trauma, exposure to loud noises, or certain medical conditions can lead to partial or complete hearing loss. Hearing loss can significantly impact an individual's communication abilities, social interactions, and overall quality of life. It may require the use of hearing aids, cochlear implants, or other assistive devices.
  • Vision Loss: Damage to the eyes or optic nerves, as well as conditions such as retinal detachment or severe infections, can result in partial or complete vision loss. Visual impairments can affect an individual's independence, mobility, and ability to perform daily tasks, necessitating adaptive techniques, assistive technology, or visual aids.

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.

Call (317) 526-4467 or contact us online for a free consultation regarding your injuries. Our team offers compassionate and loyal service to all our clients.

Millions of Dollars Recovered For Our Clients

Real Results

The Cline Law Firm, LLC exists for the sole purpose of listening to and advocating for individuals and families who have sustained great harm and losses as a result of the negligent, intentional, or other wrongful conduct of others. It is the sole type of legal work that attorney Lance D. Cline has done during his 40-year legal career. Every lawyer and employee of our team is solely and fully dedicated to helping victims of such conduct in our society.

  • $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.

Award-Winning Representation of Injured People

Nationally Recognized, Locally Focused

  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    The Inner Circle of Advocates
    Founding 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 Lawyers
    Best Lawyers
    Lance 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®
    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 Association
    Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
    Lance 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.
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Our Golden Rule

  • Triumphant in Complex Injury Cases
  • A Record of Client Satisfaction
  • A Legacy of Success in the Court Room
  • Membership in the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates
  • 40+ Years of Collective Experience