Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic Injury Attorneys

Protecting the Rights of Catastrophic Injury Victims

Catastrophic injuries are life-altering events that can irreversibly disrupt how you live your life. They can lead to a slew of devastating consequences that not only affect your physical capabilities but your emotional well-being and financial stability. These injuries often result from sudden and traumatic incidents caused by someone else’s negligence.

If you recently suffered a catastrophic injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you should not wait to get legal advice. At Bishop & Hayes, we offer personalized and compassionate representation to catastrophic injury victims. Our seasoned catastrophic injury lawyers are here to help enforce your rights and get justice. You can expect responsive communication, dedicated support, and results-oriented advocacy every step of the way. 

Our firm has recovered millions for clients in Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. Now, we are ready to put our experience to work for you, so request a free consultation by calling (417) 304-3228 or contacting us online today.

What Makes an Injury “Catastrophic?”

The term "catastrophic injury" is used to classify a severe type of harm that leaves an individual suffering from permanent damage. These injuries are distinct in their severity and the scale of their repercussions. 

One defining characteristic of a catastrophic injury is the loss of autonomy it often causes. When an individual loses critical motor functions or cognitive abilities, the injury crosses into catastrophic territory because it renders the victim dependent on others for daily care and personal needs, significantly altering their quality of life.

Another distinguishing feature of catastrophic injuries is their long-term nature. Unlike minor injuries that heal relatively quickly with proper treatment, catastrophic injuries typically result in long-term or permanent disabilities.

Lastly, the impact of catastrophic injuries is not limited to physical harm but extends into every facet of a victim’s life. A catastrophic injury carries serious financial implications due to loss of income and the exorbitant costs of ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, and assistive devices. There are also significant psychological and social components, as victims must cope with the emotional distress of their altered futures and the potential loss of independence. Catastrophic injuries can also dramatically affect one's social identity and relationships, as individuals often face the grueling task of redefining their place within their family, workplace, and community.

The scope of these consequences underlines the importance of hiring legal representation when you suffer a catastrophic injury caused by someone else’s negligence. Our catastrophic injury attorneys can listen to your story and walk you through your options for recovering compensation.


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Types of Catastrophic Injury Cases We Handle

Our seasoned team of legal professionals at Bishop & Hayes is adept at navigating the complex landscape of catastrophic injury cases, offering compassionate yet tenacious representation for our clients. We are prepared to take on cases involving several types of specific injuries caused by many types of negligence.

We frequently represent clients who have sustained:

  • Brain injuries. The brain is the command center for the entire body, and injury to this critical organ can disrupt vital functions, such as memory, speech, personality, and movement, which are essential for independence and quality of life. When the brain suffers a serious impact or injury, it can lead to a wide range of lifelong impairments affecting cognitive abilities, sensory processing, and emotional regulation. These disruptions are compounded by the brain's limited capacity to regenerate, meaning that many of these changes might be irreversible, locking individuals into a state of permanent disability. Consequently, individuals with severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) often require intensive long-term care, specialized rehabilitation, and constant support, dramatically altering their futures and the lives of those around them.
  • Spinal cord injuries. The spinal cord acts as the main communication highway between the brain and the rest of the body. When it is damaged, the repercussions are often irreversible. Spinal cord injuries often result in varying degrees of paralysis, which can be classified as tetraplegia (also known as quadriplegia) affecting all four limbs, or paraplegia, impacting the lower half of the body. These injuries compromise an individual's ability to perform basic functions such as movement and sensation below the injury site. Depending on the severity and the level of the injury, some people may have difficulty with breathing, controlling their bladder and bowels, and even regulating their blood pressure and body temperature. The sudden transition to a life that may require wheelchairs, specialized equipment, and personal assistance for what were once simple tasks can be emotionally and psychologically harrowing for both the individual and their loved ones. Living with a spinal cord injury also entails a lifelong commitment to medical treatment and physical therapy. The goals of these treatments often shift from recovery to adaptation, focusing on maximizing the individual's independence and quality of life within the parameters of their disability. The cost of such ongoing care can be astronomical, often compounded by the loss of income if the individual is unable to return to their previous occupation.

Our catastrophic injury lawyers are prepared to represent clients in cases involving: 

  • Boat accidentsHigh-speed watercraft collisions can lead to traumatic impacts resulting in broken bones, severe head injuries, or spinal cord damage. The combination of water and trauma increases the risk of these injuries becoming life-altering. The instability of the aquatic environment also means that even after an accident, the risk of further injury is heightened as victims may be left vulnerable to the elements or unable to reach safety promptly. For example, victims can suffer from near-drowning incidents that result in anoxic brain injury, a catastrophic condition with long-standing effects on cognitive function.
  • Car accidentsWhen two vehicles collide, particularly at high speeds, the human body is subjected to rapid deceleration, which can lead to multiple forms of trauma. These injuries can range from traumatic brain injuries as a result of the head striking a surface to severe spinal cord damage from the sudden and forceful movement of the spine.
  • Motorcycle accidentsMotorcyclists are at a heightened risk of sustaining catastrophic injuries in a collision due to the lack of structural protection that motorcycles offer compared to cars or trucks. Riders are exposed to the direct impact of collisions, and without any buffer, they are at a greater risk of being thrown from their bikes at high speeds. Such incidents can lead to severe road rash, limb amputations, or traumatic brain injuries, especially if helmets are not worn or fail upon impact. Furthermore, the vulnerability of motorcyclists to the elements and larger, more forceful vehicles increases the possibility of crushing injuries or direct trauma to the spinal cord, which can result in permanent paralysis.
  • Pedestrian or bicycle accidentsVulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists, are exposed to vehicles and their surroundings with minimal to no protection. When they are involved in collisions, the lack of safety barriers – such as airbags or steel frames that are present in cars – means that their bodies absorb the full force of the impact. Severe head trauma is a common consequence of such accidents, particularly in cases where cyclists are not wearing a helmet or when pedestrians suffer a direct blow from a vehicle. This can easily lead to traumatic brain injuries, which may cause long-term cognitive impairment or permanent disability. Pedestrians and cyclists can also potentially suffer spinal cord injuries from the force of a car striking them or from the subsequent impact with the ground, potentially resulting in partial or total paralysis.
  • Truck accidentsTruck accidents involving large commercial vehicles are especially notorious for causing catastrophic injuries due to the overwhelming size and weight of trucks compared to typical passenger vehicles. The impact of an accident involving an 18-wheeler or semi-truck can be immensely destructive, with the potential to cause widespread damage and inflict severe trauma on occupants of smaller vehicles.

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We Can Help You Recover Compensation for Catastrophic Injuries!

Recovering compensation for catastrophic injuries caused by negligence requires filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. You must start the legal process before the statute of limitations – the time limit that applies to your case – expires. The amount of time you have varies from state to state, but you cannot recover damages if you miss the relevant deadline, so get in touch with our team at Bishop & Hayes as soon as possible.

Our catastrophic injury attorneys will work to get you just compensation for all your losses, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

You pay nothing unless we win your catastrophic injury case! Call (417) 304-3228 or contact us online today.

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