Traumatic Injuries Resulting in Loss of Ability to Work

Many victims of catastrophic workplace injury do not comprehend the severe long-term financial consequences and lifestyle impact due to their injury. They may be facing a lifetime requiring medical care or lose the ability to perform daily functions independently, and returning to a job of a similar capacity may not be an option.

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When a workplace injury results in long-term or permanent disruption of an individual’s functional capabilities the injury is considered “catastrophic.” By legal definition, a catastrophic injury is an injury with “direct and proximate consequences that “permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.” A worker isn’t considered to have a permanent disability until he or she has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), as determined by a physician.

Common severe and catastrophic injuries include those resulting in spinal cord injuries, nerve damage, para/quadriplegia, severe burns, brain damage, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Physical, Emotional, Financial Toll of a Catastrophic Workplace Injury

If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury, you know the physical, emotional and financial toll it takes on you and your family. When you’ve experienced a severe injury, you and your family are blindsided by the sudden change in your lifestyle and the demands of making many important decisions about things you’ve never had experience with. You may be in the prime of your work life facing months or even years of ongoing medical care and inability to work. Likewise, your medical needs may require your spouse, adult child or other family member to quit working to focus on your care.

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With medical expenses piling up and diminished earnings, doctors’ appointments, and the prospect of the loss of future earnings, everything may start to feel like it’s unraveling at the same time. Many in this situation know there is likely a legal avenue beyond workers’ comp to address their financial issues but aren’t certain where to start.

Third-Party Personal Injury Claims for Worker Injuries

Recovery through workers’ compensation or disability insurance is limited and may be just enough to pay medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. Since workers’ comp is a no-fault system, you won’t receive compensation for damages such as pain and suffering and loss of future wages.

Depending on the cause of the injury, you may consider filing a third party personal injury lawsuit against a party or entity that contributed to your injuries. Third party claims involve laws related to both workers’ compensation and personal injury law. These cases, such as construction accidents due to defective or faulty equipment, machinery accidents or long-term exposure to hazardous substances should receive responsible legal guidance from knowledgeable, seasoned attorneys with experience navigating complex litigation.

Trusted and Respected Catastrophic Injury Attorneys

If you are seriously injured in an accident due to someone’s negligence, you need a formidable law firm with a reputation for achieving substantial recoveries in your corner.

Trammell Piazza is recognized for its strong advocacy and recoveries for victims of catastrophic injury to minimize the impact on their lives. With extensive expertise as trial lawyers, we guide you through the complex legal process while providing the utmost care and attention to your case.

We care about your outcome and your family’s future. We are your advocates in the courtroom and work tirelessly to win a fair judgment and the fullest recovery possible. The Trammell Piazza team is committed to delivering the personal support you and your family need during one of the most trying experiences of your lives. We are accessible to each client and provide resources and information that will allow you to focus on your care while we pursue the justice you deserve. Trammell Piazza will review your case, discuss your legal rights and options, and answer any questions you may have.