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Catastrophic Injuries &
Permanent Disabilities
The Injuries That Alter Lives Forever
Truly a Catastrophe for an Injured Person
Most of the injuries that we suffer are minor. They disrupt our lives to a minim...
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
“Catastrophic injury” is a term used to
describe injuries that impact the brain, skull
and/...
How Serious Injuries Happen
As we’ll see, these injuries can happen in a variety
of ways and differ depending on the type ...
How Serious Injuries Affect Our Lives
They impact a person’s daily activities, sometimes at the most
fundamental levels.
...
Traumatic Brain Injuries
 A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the result of a blow or jolt to the head or the piercing
of t...
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury is often the result of a blow to the spinal cord,
causing the fracturing or dis...
Paralysis
 Paralysis is the loss of the ability to move and/or feel sensations in a part of the body.
 Paralysis can be ...
Death by Injury
 Every year, tens of thousands of people die because of injury-related deaths. The
Centers for Disease Co...
When Injuries Are Caused by Negligence
 Sadly, many serious injuries are caused by the
carelessness or mistakes of anothe...
Have You Suffered a Life-Altering Injury?
The Dallas catastrophic injury attorneys at Guajardo & Marks represent clients t...
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Catastrophic Injuries & Permanent Disabilities

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Most of the injuries that we suffer are minor. They disrupt our lives to a minimal degree, even to the point where they don’t alter our daily routines at all, nor do they prompt us to seek medical attention. Many people, however, aren’t so fortunate when they suffer an injury. For those who fall victim to serious injury, everything changes in an instant. A catastrophic injury can impact quality of life, relationships, ability to earn income, and so many other facets of our lives.

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Catastrophic Injuries & Permanent Disabilities

  1. 1. Catastrophic Injuries & Permanent Disabilities The Injuries That Alter Lives Forever
  2. 2. Truly a Catastrophe for an Injured Person Most of the injuries that we suffer are minor. They disrupt our lives to a minimal degree, even to the point where they don’t alter our daily routines at all, nor do they prompt us to seek medical attention. Many people, however, aren’t so fortunate when they suffer an injury. For those who fall victim to serious injury, everything changes in an instant. A catastrophic injury can impact quality of life, relationships, ability to earn income, and so many other facets of our lives.
  3. 3. What is a Catastrophic Injury? “Catastrophic injury” is a term used to describe injuries that impact the brain, skull and/or the spinal cord. These injuries sometimes result in disabilities, and they affect us and those around us in immeasurable ways. Catastrophic injuries can also be fatal, leaving survivors to deal with deep pain, suffering and financial obstacles.
  4. 4. How Serious Injuries Happen As we’ll see, these injuries can happen in a variety of ways and differ depending on the type of injury. Common causes of catastrophic injuries include:  Falls  Vehicle Accidents  Recreational Activities/Sports  Workplace Accidents
  5. 5. How Serious Injuries Affect Our Lives They impact a person’s daily activities, sometimes at the most fundamental levels. They affect relationships with others. They cause depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. They are financially devastating. They require extensive medical care.
  6. 6. Traumatic Brain Injuries  A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the result of a blow or jolt to the head or the piercing of the skull into the brain.  TBIs can have many causes, including falls (40.5%), vehicle accidents (14.3%), and being struck by or against an object (14.5%).  They can cause mental impairment, loss of motor skills, difficulty speaking, memory problems, problems with cognitive function, nausea, headaches and a number of other ongoing problems.  About half of serious head injuries require surgery to remove or repair hematomas or contusions, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
  7. 7. Spinal Cord Injuries A spinal cord injury is often the result of a blow to the spinal cord, causing the fracturing or dislocation of a vertebra. Spinal cord injuries can be caused by vehicle accidents (39.07%), falls (29.54%), acts of violence (14.41%) and sports and recreational activities (8.39%). SCIs can lead to paralysis, extreme pain, incontinence, difficulty walking, balance problems and impaired breathing, to name just a few.
  8. 8. Paralysis  Paralysis is the loss of the ability to move and/or feel sensations in a part of the body.  Paralysis can be caused by a number of injuries and illnesses, including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, disease, stroke or tumors.  One out of every 50 people in the United States are currently living with paralysis.  Paralysis from SCI can include complete or incomplete tetraplegia (loss of use of all four limbs and torso), complete or incomplete paraplegia (loss of use of legs and part of torso) or some form of incomplete motor function.  The direct lifetime costs alone of these injuries are staggering. For a 25-year-old with tetraplegia, the direct lifetime costs are $4,724,181; and they are $2,310,104 for a 25-year-old with paraplegia.  The costs above don’t include loss of productivity or lost income suffered because of paralysis.
  9. 9. Death by Injury  Every year, tens of thousands of people die because of injury-related deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that in 2014, over 136,000 people died from injuries.  The three leading causes of injury-related deaths, as listed by the CDC, were motor vehicle accidents, falls and unintentional poisoning.  Unintentional injury-related deaths cost a total of approximately $130 billion in the U.S. in 2013.  Survivors of fatally-injured people face costs that include loss of income, funeral bills, burial costs, medical bills and other end-of-life costs.
  10. 10. When Injuries Are Caused by Negligence  Sadly, many serious injuries are caused by the carelessness or mistakes of another person. This includes negligent drivers, employers or supervisors who create unsafe work environments and property owners who fail to maintain their property.  When negligence is the cause of catastrophic injury, victims and families of victims can seek to gain compensation for their damages by filing personal injury or wrongful death claims. These claims can help ease the financial burden of lost income, medical bills and emotional and physical suffering incurred from the injury.
  11. 11. Have You Suffered a Life-Altering Injury? The Dallas catastrophic injury attorneys at Guajardo & Marks represent clients that have suffered injuries because of negligent drivers, workplace injuries and defective products. Our experience in handling these cases has given us a unique understanding of the challenges our clients are facing. If you or a loved one has suffered dearly from another’s mistakes, our attorneys will work tirelessly to make sure you receive the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation of your case. We earn no fee unless we win. www.guajardomarks.com

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