Our attorneys understand how devastating catastrophic injuries are to individuals and their families. A traumatic brain or spinal cord injury causes long-term (and often permanent) disabilities that can prevent a person from living independently and being self-reliant. If a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, the compassionate lawyers from our offices can help. Proudly serving Central Florida and Polk County, including Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, and Haines City, a brain and spinal cord injury lawyer from Moody Law has the experience, knowledge, and drive needed to help your family obtain just compensation. To schedule a free consultation and case review, contact a personal injury attorney from our Central Florida law firm today.
- Brain Injury Lawsuits
- Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits
- Common Causes of Brain and Spinal Cord Injury
- Burn Injury Lawsuits
- Frequently Asked Questions about Catastrophic Injury
- Who can sue in a catastrophic injury case?
- What compensation am I eligible for?
- Do I need a brain or spinal cord injury lawyer?
Traumatic brain injuries cause a substantial number of deaths and permanent disabilities in America every year. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that there are roughly 1.4 million cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States annually, resulting in 50,000 deaths and 235,000 hospitalizations. There are currently 5.3 million individuals in America that require long-term medical care as a result of a traumatic brain injury, and according to the CDC, the economic costs of TBI were estimated to be $60 billion in 2000 as a result of direct medical costs and lost productivity. If a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, the attorneys from our Polk County, Central Florida office can help. A Lakeland brain injury lawyer can review your case free of charge and provide informed legal counsel. To schedule a free consultation, please contact our dedicated and empathetic attorneys today. We have the expertise, knowledge, and diligence needed to obtain the compensation that your family deserves.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries are typically classified as mild or severe, though even a "mild" brain injury may be grounds for filing a lawsuit. Less severe traumatic brain injury can result in brief lapses of consciousness and a short-term change in mental state. A severe traumatic brain injury can cause an extended period of unconsciousness, amnesia, coma, and severely inhibited brain function related to thinking, language, emotions, and even sensation. There are two classifications of head injury that cause damage to the brain: closed head injuries and open head injuries
- Closed Head Injuries – A closed head brain injury occurs when a trauma, such as a fall or sports collision, causes the brain to strike the inside of the cranium. Closed head injuries can result in hematomas, contusions (bruising of the brain tissue), amnesia, headaches, nausea, seizures, and a loss of mental functioning.
- Open Head Injuries – An open head brain injury, sometimes referred to as a penetrating head injury, occurs when a foreign object or bone material contacts brain matter directly. An open head injury poses a significant risk of death or catastrophic injury.
Our attorneys are committed to protecting victims' rights. To schedule a free consultation with our office, contact a personal injury attorney from Moody Law today. We will work tirelessly to help ensure that the liable parties are held accountable for their actions.
According to the CDC, approximately 11,000 Americans suffer spinal cord injuries (SCI) every year, and it is estimated that more than 200,000 people in the United States live with permanent disabilities related to spinal cord injury. Nationwide, the economic impact of spinal cord injury is estimated to be around $10 billion a year. Spinal cord injuries can cause severely inhibited motor function and paralysis. Individuals who suffer from severe spinal cord injuries are often unable to live independently and many require extensive medical care for the remainder of their lives. At Moody Law – proudly serving Central Florida and Polk County, including Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, and Haines City – a spinal cord injury lawyer from our Lakeland office can help if you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury to the spine. We are steadfast champions for the rights of those wrongfully injured and are devoted to helping those in need.
Types of Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are classified as either complete or incomplete. An incomplete spinal cord injury results in damage to the nerve cells on the spine, but not a complete separation between the brain and the extremities. Persons with incomplete spinal cord injury still have some motor function below the area of injury. Individuals who suffer complete spinal cord injury suffer a total lack of sensory and motor function below the level of injury. In addition to varying levels of paralysis, numerous complications can arise from spinal cord injury, including respiratory problems, heart problems, bowel dysfunction, and pressure sores. Complete spinal cord injury results in some level of paralysis – paraplegia and quadriplegia being the two main types.
- Paraplegia – Damage to the thoracic, lumbar, and sacral regions of the spine can cause paraplegia, or partial paralysis. Persons who experience partial paralysis still retain the ability to control the upper extremities, but the legs, and in some instances organs in the lower torso such as the bladder, become separated from the central nervous system. Some paraplegics, with extensive rehabilitation, are able to continue living life independently.
- Quadriplegia – Complete paralysis of all four limbs occurs when the upper vertebrae of the spine, the cervical bones, are damaged. The severity of the injury is partially dependent on the extent of the damage and partially dependent on the location of the damage. An individual will experience more severe paralysis in direct correlation to how high on the spinal column the damage has occurred. An injury to the C1 vertebrae, for example, can paralyze not only voluntary functions, but involuntary functions as well, such as breathing.
If you or a loved one suffers from a spinal cord injury, a lawyer from Moody Law can provide sound legal counsel. We understand how devastating catastrophic injuries are for not only the client, but the client's family as well, and we want to help.
If it can be shown that your injury or that of a loved one was the result of a common contributor to brain and spinal cord injury, it may increase your chances of obtaining compensation. Among the more common causes of brain and spinal cord injuries are:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of spinal cord injury in the United States. Traffic accidents account for 20 percent of traumatic brain injury cases and half of all spinal cord injury cases.
- Fall Accidents – Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (28 percent), according to the CDC, and account for 20 percent of spinal cord injury cases. Often, these accidents are due to the negligence of a property owner.
- Striking or Being Struck by an Object – Sport collisions, falling objects, and the like cause 19 percent of TBI cases in America and 14 percent of SCI cases.
- Acts of Violence – Assault causes 11 percent of TBI cases, and assault is the leading cause of traumatic brain injury-related death. Violence accounts for 15 percent of spinal cord injury cases.
Our compassionate attorneys have the experience and knowledge needed to help you obtain just compensation. We can review your claim and help determine liability. To schedule a free consultation, contact a brain and spinal cord injury lawyer from Moody Law today.
Severe burns can result in permanent bodily injury and may require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic burn as a result of an electrical fire, chemical fire, motor vehicle accident, gas explosion, industrial accident, or other accident, the dedicated attorneys at Moody Law have the resources, knowledge, and drive needed to help you obtain a just resolution to your case. We can review your claim and help determine who the liable parties are. In burn cases, it may be possible to file a product liability lawsuit against a third party, such as an automotive manufacturer or chemical manufacturer, if it can be shown that an unsafe product resulted in a fire.
Types of Burn Injury
Burns are classified by severity. More severe burns are given higher classifications than less severe burns. Understanding the extent of your burns can prove invaluable in determining the best way to pursue your claim.
- First Degree Burns – A first degree burn is a relatively minor burn that causes damage to the epidermis (outer layer) of the skin.
- Second Degree Burns – Second degree burns cause more extensive damage to not only the epidermis but the dermis as well, and may require skin grafts to repair.
- Third Degree Burns – The most severe burns are classified as third degree burns. A third degree burn causes severe trauma to the skin and may damage muscle, tissue, and bone.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawsuits
Poisonous to humans, carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced during the combustion of fossil fuel. If you or someone you love was the victim of carbon monoxide poisoning because of the negligence of a property owner, employer, product manufacturer, or maintenance company, we are here to help.
The injured individual can file a lawsuit if he or she has been injured as a result of another party's negligence. Depending on the circumstances, such as cases involving wrongful death or incapacitation, a family member or dependent of the victim may be able to file a suit as well.
If you have been injured, you may be eligible to obtain financial compensation for medical costs, rehabilitation costs, loss of wages, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering. If a family member has been killed, you may be able to recover compensation for medical and funerary costs in addition to a loss of income, including future income.
Catastrophic injury cases are complex and require an exhaustive understanding of the law in order to procure the best possible resolution. At the Bartow and Lakeland offices of Moody Law, serving Central Florida and Polk County, including Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, and Haines City, a spinal cord and brain injury lawyer with the experience and knowledge needed to help maximize your case results can offer sound legal counsel. To schedule a free consultation, contact our firm today.