If you or someone you love is involved in an accident or other incident involving catastrophic injuries that will affect them for the rest of their lives, we are here to help you through this difficult situation.
We understand that it is hard to deal with the legal implications of this terrible tragedy right now, as your world has been totally turned upside down. We understand, and we certainly don’t want to intrude on your suffering.
However, it’s important for you to know that the insurance company representative or the corporate risk management person representing the person or company who caused your situation will not be so respectful. In our experience, they will waste no time in contacting you to try and get information from you when you are in perhaps the most vulnerable state of your life.
It is not uncommon for them to contact you when you or your loved one is still in the hospital to ask questions about the accident, take statements about what happened, and try and gather evidence in moments when you may still be confused, and before all the facts are in. The evidence they obtain will often be used to reduce or eliminate you or your loved one’s claims. They may use a soft voice, and tell you that they are there to help. Don’t be fooled by the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Insurance companies did not get to be multi-billion dollar companies by paying full compensation to everyone their customers put in a wheelchair.
In that moment, it is important to put our experienced trial lawyers between you and the insurance company, our team is experienced in the process of dealing with aggressive and deceitful insurance companies.
It is difficult for someone who has not seen first-hand the effects of a catastrophic injury to understand the consequence of these injuries. For a person who, through no fault of their own, suffers an accident that results in paralysis or amputation, the costs are incredible. Not only can the injuries incapacitate the victim, it dooms them to years of participating in painful therapy, purchasing expensive equipment and pain that often cannot be treated in traditional ways.
It is difficult to understand the physical and emotional cost of these injuries. The victim has no choice but to take months (or years) out of their lives to relearn to walk, feed themselves or perform other normal functions we all take for granted.
Where relearning is not possible, it may be necessary for professional caregivers to provide care round the clock to ensure that the victim of such injuries is cared for properly and safely.
Family members try to help, but they have their own lives to lead, and are not trained to provide specialized care that severely injured accident victims need. The expenses involved in caring for the victim of a catastrophic injury are often in the tens of millions of dollars.
One of the more common catastrophic injuries we see are traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can range from mild to severe, but the consequences of even a mild injury to the brain can be serious. When an accident happens and a passenger hits their head on the dash, blacking out for a minute, the doctor will diagnose that person as having a concussion. Outwardly, she may seem fine a week later. Most people don’t realize that another word for a “concussion” is a “mild traumatic brain injury”.
While a person who suffers a concussion in an accident, on the job or playing sports may seem to recover quickly, there is emerging evidence that the damage from these brain injuries does not heal quickly or on its own, and if not treated quickly and properly may cause permanent damage to the brain.
We have had relatives of clients who suffered a seemingly “mild” concussions in an accident complain that the injured person suddenly lost interest in hobbies they previously enjoyed, that their personality has changed a bit, and that they seem tired much more often than usual. The injured person may complain of headaches and difficulty sleeping.
When these clients come into our office, we often encourage them to seek the advice of a neuropsychologist, which is a doctor who specializes in testing and diagnosing cases of suspected brain injury.
More often than not, we find that the victim is suffering from cognitive, memory or personality problems resulting from the accident which are demonstrated both on sophisticated MRI scans and on in-depth neuropsychological testing.
Emerging studies taking from the brain tissue donated by former professional football players are helping modern science to understand the devastating damage that concussions can have on the brain, and how the symptoms of these traumatic brain injuries can manifest for years following the impact to the brain. Perhaps the saddest part of traumatic brain injuries is that these injuries can profoundly affect the characteristics that make us who we are as human beings.
While other injuries may only take away an individual’s ability to earn a living, brain injuries can also rob them of parts of their memories and personality, the essential characteristics of who they are. Sometimes, these injuries are so severe as to render the victim a stranger to their own family.
BEFORE you talk to anyone associated with an insurance company, call us here at the Utah Trial Lawyers for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will protect your rights and make sure you get the compensation you need to move forward with your life. Our lawyers are available to you 24/7, and we will get to work immediately on your case.
All initial consultations are free. If we are able to take your case, we work on a contingent fee system, so our work won’t cost you anything out of pocket.
Give us a call today at 801-849-9300 and let’s discuss your case.