Catastrophic Injuries

Crown Point Catastrophic Injury Attorneys

Fighting for Catastrophic Injury Victims in Crown Point, IN

Catastrophic injuries result in long-term (and often permanent) disability or disfigurement. These injuries by definition disrupt lives, causing significant physical pain, emotional distress, and financial burden. They often necessitate extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and lifelong care, and may prevent the injured individual from maintaining gainful employment. 

When you suffer a catastrophic injury at work or due to negligence, go with Alvarez Law Offices to get the aggressive legal advocacy you need to get the compensation you deserve. Depending on your circumstances, our Crown Point catastrophic injury lawyers are prepared to help you pursue a personal injury claim or workers’ compensation claim with the goal of securing maximum compensation. Our dedicated team at has recovered over $1 billion for our clients, and we are ready to put our over 200 years of combined legal experience to work for you.

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Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries generally fall into one of several categories. Each is inherently life-altering, bears its own unique challenges, and requires different forms of long-term care and treatment, leading to substantial financial implications for the victims and their families.

The consequences of any catastrophic injury underline the importance of getting just compensation to cover the cost of medical treatments as well as other tangible and intangible losses. Our Crown Point catastrophic injury lawyers are ready to evaluate your situation and walk you through your legal options.

Our Crown Point catastrophic injury attorneys are prepared to fight for you if you suffered any of the following at work or because of negligence:

  • Brain Injuries

    Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can cause lasting impairments in cognitive function, speech, sensory processing, and emotional regulation. More serious cases may lead to prolonged periods of unconsciousness or amnesia, and the most severe brain injuries can lead to a coma or even be fatal. The recovery process following a brain injury is often lengthy and complex, involving intensive rehabilitation and various therapeutic interventions. Moreover, the long-term consequences of such an injury can include both physical and psychological difficulties, such as chronic pain, difficulty with concentration and memory, changes in personality, and emotional distress.

  • Burn Injuries

    The severity of burn injuries, which often result in significant physical and emotional trauma, is typically classified into three degrees. First-degree burns primarily affect the outer layer of the skin, causing pain, redness, and minor inflammation. Second-degree burns extend to the dermis or second layer of the skin, resulting in blisters, severe pain, and potential scarring. Third-degree burns, the most severe, penetrate the entire skin thickness and underlying tissues, causing substantial scarring and potentially leading to loss of the affected area's function. Catastrophic burn injuries tend to require extensive medical intervention, including surgery, skin grafting, and long-term rehabilitation. They also carry the risk of complications such as infection, shock, and respiratory distress. The physical aftermath is often accompanied by severe emotional distress due to the disfigurement and functional loss.

  • Spinal Cord Injuries

    Injuries to the spinal cord can be categorized into two types: complete and incomplete. In a complete spinal cord injury, there is total loss of sensation and muscle control below the level of the injury. On the other hand, an incomplete spinal cord injury allows for some function below the level of the injury, the extent of which can vary widely. The aftermath of a spinal cord injury often includes exhaustive medical treatments, including surgeries, long-term physical therapy, and rehabilitation. The injury can lead to associated complications like respiratory problems, pressure sores, and bladder and bowel dysfunction. Beyond the physical implications, victims of spinal cord injuries often confront emotional and psychological challenges, including depression and anxiety. The economic burden can also be substantial, with costs for initial hospitalization and ongoing care often reaching into the millions over a lifetime.

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What Types of Accidents Cause Catastrophic Injuries?

Catastrophic injuries can be the consequence of a wide range of accidents and incidents. While many understandably associate them with high-speed collisions and other intense scenarios, the reality is that something as simple as a slip and fall can lead to a catastrophic injury. Many catastrophic injuries are caused by:

  • Bicycle Accidents

    Bicyclists are exposed to the full force of any impact, from both the initial collision and subsequent contact with the road or other objects. This vulnerability often leads to severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, or severe fractures, particularly if the cyclist is not wearing a helmet or other protective gear. The risk is compounded when cyclists share busy roads with larger vehicles, where visibility issues and negligent driving behaviors can lead to disastrous outcomes.

  • Bus Accidents

    When a bus accident occurs, passengers are often tossed around the vehicle due to the lack of individual restraint systems, potentially leading to severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and multiple fractures. The absence of airbags can further exacerbate the impact. Additionally, the high center of gravity of buses increases the risk of rollovers, which can have devastating consequences.

  • Car Accidents

    Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of catastrophic injuries. In high-speed collisions, the sudden deceleration and resulting forces can cause traumatic brain injuries, often leaving victims with lasting cognitive impairments, emotional difficulties, speech and language issues, and physical disabilities. Whiplash and other trauma sustained in car accidents can also lead to spinal cord injuries, which may result in partial or complete paralysis.

  • Motorcycle Accidents

    The open design of motorcycles offers minimal protection between the riders and their surroundings. Consequently, motorcyclists are exposed to significant harm in the event of a collision. Even with helmets and protective clothing, the resulting injuries are frequently extreme due to high-speed collisions with larger, heavier vehicles.

  • Pedestrian Accidents

    Pedestrians have no protection against the force of a vehicle or the subsequent contact with the road or other objects. Even low-speed collisions can have devastating effects due to the stark size and weight difference between a vehicle and a pedestrian.

  • Premises Liability Incidents

    A property owner’s negligent failure to maintain a reasonably safe environment can lead to catastrophic injuries. For example, a slip and fall caused by a slick surface or uneven flooring can result in spinal cord or brain injuries if the victim lands the wrong way.

  • Truck Accidents
    The substantial size difference between trucks and most other vehicles on the road means that occupants of the smaller vehicles bear the brunt of the damage in a collision, increasing the odds of victims sustaining catastrophic injuries.
  • Work Accidents
    Workplace accidents of all kinds can lead to catastrophic injuries. Certain industries pose a higher risk of accidents and catastrophic injuries due to the nature of the work involved. The construction industry, for example, exposes workers to a variety of potential dangers, including falls from great heights, machinery accidents, electrocutions, and collisions with heavy objects.
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Compensation for Catastrophic Injury Victims in Indiana

If you suffered catastrophic injuries in an auto accident or premises liability incident caused by another party’s negligence, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit and seek compensation for damages. Generally, you will have two years from the date of the accident to start the legal process, but you should not wait to discuss your case and options with our Crown Point catastrophic injury attorneys at Alvarez Law Offices.

When you choose to pursue a personal injury claim, we will fight to get you full and fair compensation for all economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Past, current, and future medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Reduced earning potential
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

If you suffered a catastrophic injury at work, you cannot typically sue your employer or a co-worker, even if their negligence led to an accident. Instead, you will need to file a workers’ compensation claim, a process that starts with formally informing your employer of your injuries within 30 days of sustaining or discovering them. Workers’ compensation benefits will cover medical treatments as well as a portion of your lost wages, but they will not cover pain and suffering or other intangible losses. If your catastrophic injury was caused by a third party – not your employer or a co-worker – while you were on the clock, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against the third party in addition to filing a workers’ compensation claim. We can help you understand your options in these complex situations.

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