According to the National Safety Council, an American is injured accidentally every second in a preventable event. Some injuries, although painful and significant, are less severe than others. The most severe injuries are referred to in the medical and legal fields as “catastrophic”. Catastrophic injuries are devastating and typically result in long-term or permanent impairment and have significant, life-altering consequences.
Catastrophic injuries include:
Those who suffer these types of injuries often require long-term care, including extensive medical care, rehabilitative treatment, and assistance with activities of daily living.
If you or a loved one have suffered major catastrophic injuries due to someone else’s negligence, it is essential to work with a law firm with the experience to fight for the compensation you need and deserve. The quality of legal representation you have now will have a direct impact on if, and how much, you are compensated later.
At Weiner, Spivey & Miller, our attorneys have over 190 years of combined experience in successfully advocating for the victims of catastrophic injuries. Our knowledgeable team will help you understand your legal options and next steps. Our skills and hard work have resulted in substantial settlements and jury awards for our clients, and has earned us the respect of our legal colleagues.
Intelligence Officer Suffers Permanent Injuries in Collision:
Don's work in the intelligence community required that he be in top physical shape. At 30 years old, he regularly took a 3-5 mile run before work, biked 5 miles to work, took an intense bike ride with colleagues over lunch, and biked 5 miles home. When a Mercedes SUV, driven by a 17-year-old, T-boned Don's smaller SUV at an intersection, Don suffered a broken back. He tried extensive physical therapy to avoid surgery, but the pain was too great. When surgeons attempted to fuse his fifth and sixth vertebrae, the surgery was unsuccessful. Medical experts testified that Don was left with an 18% disability and would likely experience pain from his injuries for the rest of his life. Don was no longer able to do field work and was transferred to a “desk job”. At trial, two eye witnesses questioned by Ed Weiner provided accounts of how the 17 year-old was speeding and not paying attention to his surroundings. The defendant’s insurance company offered $450,000 prior to the trial. The jury awarded Don $2,040,000.
Boat Propeller Severs Water Skier's Arm:
Rachel was floating in the lake with her 10 year-old niece, when she noticed that the boat they had been skiing behind was headed directly for them. She called out and waved, but couldn’t get the driver’s attention. Rachel pushed her niece out of the boat’s path, however, Rachel’s arm was severed by the boat’s propeller. Efforts to re-attach her arm were unsuccessful. Ed Weiner negotiated a settlement on Rachel’s behalf for the entire amount of the boat owner’s insurance policy ($200,000), as well as the house he owned.
Car Struck by an 18-Wheeler on I-81:
Cara was driving on I-81, when a loaded tractor-trailer crossed into her lane and struck her car. The truck ripped off the hood of Cara’s car and pushed the car into the median wall. Cara was knocked unconscious. She suffered a severe concussion (Traumatic Brain Injury – TBI) and significant trauma from the crash. Lawson Spivey and Ed Weiner filed Cara's case in Federal Court. They negotiated a substantial, confidential settlement with the commercial trucking company on Cara's behalf.
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