The physical injuries caused by car and truck accidents are usually catastrophic. Injuries can range from crushed and broken bones, to a back and neck injury, to a spinal cord injury to burns and scarring, to brain damage and everything in between.
Catastrophic injury cases are caused by a wide variety of accidents, not just vehicle accidents. These accidents include auto-Pedestrian Accidents, bicycle – motorist accidents, explosions, dangerous roadways and bridges, motorcycle and ATV accidents, boating accidents, drunk driving cases,Railroad Crossing Accidents, and many others.
At McCollum & Griggs, we believe that the most important thing you can do after an accident is get the right medical treatment. With years of experience representing catastrophically injured people in the Kansas City area, the personal injury attorneys at our firm can help you find the best-possible doctors and medical specialists. Having your injuries accurately diagnosed and treated is the key to your long-term recover.
Many questions arise during the process of receiving medical treatment from a catastrophic injury.
- Should you submit your medical bills to your own health insurance? In many cases, your own health insurance is primarily responsible for paying for your health care needs.
- What happens if your doctor refuses to bill your health insurance for treatment of an accident-related injury? If so, contact an attorney right away to make sure you will not get stuck owing a large medical bill from the treatment you need.
- What type of doctor do you need for a back, neck or head injury? Whether you need a neuro-psychiatrist, orthopedic surgeon, a neurologist or a neurosurgeon, we know that receiving the right medical treatment can greatly improve your chance of a full recovery from your injuries. That is why we work hard to help you locate the right medical treatment and find the insurance benefits or other funds to pay for your health care.
Whether you need neurological assessment of brain damage, orthopedic treatment of Slip, Trip, & Fall injuries or treatment of chronic pain caused by a rotator cuff injury, we can help you find the medical treatment you need. We can also help you obtain payment for your medical treatment from any available medical payments or health insurance coverage.
We also understand the psychological and emotional effects experienced by people who are hurt by careless or drunk drivers. The trauma of a car accident itself, the horrible financial strain, the inability to work, and severe and chronic pain can all cause emotional distress. We help you access psychological counseling or therapy if needed to address post-traumatic stress, depression, anger or anxiety caused by the accident.
TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURIES FROM ACCIDENTS:
TRAUMATIC BRAIN & HEAD INJURIES
Helping You Recover FromTraumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain damage can be life changing — both for the injured person and for family and friends. As one family member said, “One person went into that accident and it’s like another person came out.”
If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion or head injury, talk to the personal injury attorneys at our law firm. We have successfully represented many clients in lawsuits involving head trauma, TBI, MTBI caused by auto and trucking accidents in the Kansas City area.
At McCollum & Griggs, we understand the physical, financial and emotional challenges brought on by brain damage. That is why we do everything we can to alleviate your stress and maximize your settlement.
From helping you get the medical treatment you need, to dealing with complicated insurance issues, to documenting your losses, we handle all aspects of your personal injury claim.
Types of Head Injuries and Disability Caused by Brain Damage
Every head trauma has the potential to result in serious and permanent brain damage. While traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can vary in severity, all need careful diagnosis and medical care. In many cases, people with mild to moderate brain damage aren’t even aware of their disability. Traumatic brain injury, also known as intracranial injury, occurs when an outside force severely injures the brain. TBI can result from numerous factors, including a sudden, violent impact, or an object piercing the brain tissue. Brain injuries are classified as mild, moderate, or severe depending on the location and extent of the injury. Even in the absence of an impact, significant acceleration or deceleration of the head can cause TBI; however in most cases a combination of impact and acceleration or deceleration is to blame. Forces involving cranial impact, also known as contact or impact loading, are the cause of most focal injuries, which send shock waves through the skull and brain, resulting in tissue damage. Movement of the brain within the skull, termed non-contact or inertial loading, is most often the cause of diffuse head injuries.
Our have represented head injury victims with brain damage ranging in severity from mild to severe. Some clients had mild limitations and others had to start life all over after the accident:
- Global brain injury: Every part of our client’s brain suffered damage after a car accident. She was in a coma for six weeks. Formerly a bright student, she had to start over and learn functions she had previously taken for granted. She will never work or even prepare a meal for herself. Her insurance settlement needed to cover a lifetime of care.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Our client’s car was T-boned at highway speeds. Memory, reasoning, anger management and an ability to function in a normal life were suddenly gone. The CT scan did not show the extent of her serious concussion which resulted in permanent changes to her personality and ability to function in her daily life. However, with the proper representation we were able to prove what damages she sustained and that they were caused by the automobile accident and the other driver’s Negligence. Our law firm prepared her case and recovered a substantial settlement to help her cope with the injuries and permanent limitations caused by the defendant driver who caused the accident.
The sudden impact of a train accident,truck accidents or motor vehicle accident can cause the victim’s brain to shift inside that skull and cause a TBI. In many injury cases the victim head never impacts any object but they suffer both spinal cord and head injury. The spine connects and has direct contact with the brain. Many cervical spine injuries result in lifelong migraine headaches and loss of motor skills.
The National Institute of Health stated the major cause of a Traumatic Head Injury in the US for the last 10 years is from motor vehicle accidents; auto and truck accidents were specified. This includes two kinds of head injuries; open head injuries or closed head injuries. The major difference between these two injuries is that an open head injury is considered a skull fracture, while a closed head injury results in the skull not fracturing. A closed head injury is deceiving because it appears at first to not be an emergency, but if not examined closely swelling and bleeding of the brain may create pressure and damage to brain tissue. Having an open head injury is better in this situation because it helps to release that pressure on the brain; thus, ending up with less long term injuries.
Our experienced Personal Injury Lawyer can read your medical reports and understand the medical terminology which is most critical to your case. If you were sent to the emergency room after an accident but the proper exams where not completed, injuries could go untreated. Our Personal Injury Attorneys will be able to evaluate your case and know if you had accurate testing and treatments.
Some signs of brain injury to look for if you suffered a concussion, were involved in an accident or were knocked out or hit your head:
- Difficulty standing up or unusual clumsiness.
- Loss of ability to smell and taste.
- Change in social skills and behaviors.
- Extreme changes in sexual behavior (frontal lobe damage).
- Sudden hyperactivity.
- Slow or heightened responses.
- Out of character changes such as breaking the law
- Aggressive behavior
If anyone you know has been in an accident and begins to show any of these signs, seek medical assistance right away. Our Injury Attorneys can also direct you to the right medical physicians to handle your individual injury. In some cases the condition can be life threatening conditions and can not be taken lightly. If not treated, permanent damage could occur.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers understand an injury victim needs to deal with ongoing medical, emotional and physical treatment, and the immense chance of future complications.
The Devastating Effects and Life-Long Costs of a Traumatic Brain Injury
While some people with a head injury make a complete recovery, many do not. truck accidents, hunting accidents, and drunk driving accidents, can all cause permanent brain damage. As a result the injured person may be unable to work or even care for themselves. A guardian or family member may have to help with finances, daily activities, self-care, and life decisions.
Whenever we represent a client with a brain injury, we work hard to obtain a settlement or verdict, which will cover all past and future losses. We work with many experts to calculate the life-long cost of serious brain damage, including:
- Lost Income: We consult with forensic accountants, life care planners and economic experts to determine past wage loss, impairment of earning capability, lost benefits and opportunities, and future loss of income.
- Medical Care and Rehabilitation: We work with neuropsychologists, neurologists and other medical specialists to determine the extent and severity of the injury, and the cost of past and future health care, therapy and rehabilitation.
- Pain and Suffering: In addition to seeking damages for financial losses, we work to recover for the physical and emotional effects of a brain injury. We seek compensation for pain, suffering and emotional distress. We create day-in-the-life videos and gather other evidence to show the impact a brain injury can have on every aspect of life.
- Life-long Services and Treatment: Often those with traumatic brain injuries require a lifetime of care, treatment and services. For many victims of brain trauma, their work and relationships completely change and they may need a lifetime of care. All of these needs should be factored into a settlement.
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Recovering From Accident-Related Back and Neck Injuries
Back pain can make it painful to sit, stand, walk or sleep. A neck injury can cause problems ranging from pain shooting down your arm to quadriplegia. A spinal cord injury can leave you permanently disabled and may result in paralysis. Catastrophic injuries may result in one becoming a paraplegic or quadriplegic. Those with paraplegia or quadriplegia have a multitude of physical, emotional and mental hurdles to overcome on a daily basis.
At McCollum & Griggs, we are fierce advocates for people who have suffered a neck, back or spinal cord injury because of someone else’s carelessness. Our personal injury attorneys have seen first-hand how a spine injury can disrupt every part of your life. That is why we do everything we can to alleviate your stress and maximize your settlement.
If you were in an accident and suffered an injury to your neck, back or spinal cord, talk to the personal injury lawyers at our law firm in Kansas City, Missouri. The sooner you contact our office after an accident-related spine injury, the sooner we can begin to investigate the accident and protect your rights.
Investigating Neck, Back and Spinal Cord Injury Claims
In cases involving a spine injury, it is essential to establish how the accident happened and find out who was responsible. Our personal injury attorneys work with private investigators who provide hands-on investigations. They go to the accident site, interview witnesses and preserve evidence.
In addition to proving liability for the accident, our job is help you get the medical treatment you need and document the effects of your spinal cord injury. We have the experience needed to handle a wide variety of spine injuries, including:
- Fractured vertebrae
- Herniated discs and bulging discs
- Pinched nerves and nerve impingement
- Sciatica and shooting pain down the legs
- Back pain and neck Pain
- Numbness, tingling or weakness in arms or legs
- Partial or total paralysis
We work with top-notch medical experts to determine the extent of your injury, economists to determine the costs of future care and equipment, and vocational experts to assess occupational abilities and lost income. We need to know as much as possible about current and future medical, living and occupational needs so all of these factors can be considered in any settlement or verdict.
The Spine is one of the most important parts of the human body. It’s made up of 24 small bones called vertebra, and in between each vertebra is a small gel cushion called a disc. There are three sections of the spine called segments: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar. The cervical is the top of the spine at the neck, thoracic is the middle in between the shoulder blades, and the lumbar is the lower back just above the buttocks. Below the lumbar spine is the sacrum. The sacrum is an important part of the spine as well because it has special vertebrae that connect the spine to the pelvis.
Spinal injuries, also known as spinal cord compression injuries, are very serious and need medical attention immediately. Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer in Kansas City is the first step to take after an accident or personal injury has occurred. A direct, instantaneous impact to the spinal cord if pushed, pulled, or twisted during an accident, can lead to severe physical consequences, even resulting in partial or full paralysis.
Experiencing spinal cord trauma isn’t always recognized right after an accident. It may take weeks or months for such an injury to show up and having the right lawyer on your side is of the greatest importance. Damage to the spinal cord can result from discs being injured directly or indirectly. The damage done to the bones, blood vessels, and/or tissue can contribute to injury to the cord itself.
Spinal injuries lead to many other conditions that can last a lifetime. If a person already has a weak spine from age or if the spinal canal which protects the spinal cord has become too narrow, the possibility of lifetime complications are greater. Our Kansas City Personal Injury Lawyers have the legal experience to advise you on which proper doctors are necessary for fast treatment and rehabilitation. If an injured victim doesn’t seek proper representation, they face receiving improper medical care and fighting insurance companies alone.
Spinal Cord Injury Caused by Trauma and Accidents
Car accidents and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Back and neck injuries can be caused by the sudden impact of a rear-end truck accident, a head-on collision or a crash between a car and a motorcyclist. Falls from defective deer stands, hunting accidents, boating accidents and other sporting accidents can result in paraplegia or partial paralysis.
Spinal cord injury results from a wide variety of accidents and Negligence. Whether you slipped and fell on a broken stair or you were hit by a drunk driverwe have the experience needed to successfully handle your personal injury claim.
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Accident Related Burns and Scars: Kansas City
Burns and scars from an accident can take a long time to heal — and, in many cases, they never fully heal. Often times, a plastic surgeon is needed to determine the extent of the permanency of the scarring, what kinds of treatment can be done to treat the scars and to determine the cost of treating the scars. If your accident injuries include burns or scarring, talk to a personal injury attorney about the treatment you will need and about the pain you have endured. Ask for a free consultation with the McCollum & Griggs law firm in Kansas City, Missouri.
Burns and scarring are long-lasting reminders of accidents. Sometimes the scars are permanent. At other times, the burns and scars can heal, but only after extensive, painful treatment.
- Extensive scarring: If a car accident has left you with a rod in your leg and extensive scarring because of a broken bone, that factor should be included in your settlement.
- Repairing scars: Repairing scars, or scar revisions, may have to wait for a year or more after your accident. Do not rush to settlement until you are fully aware of the cost and extent of treatments for any disfigurement you suffered.
- Burn injuries: Burn injuries can require multiple skin grafts over a period of several years. Treatments are painful, and you deserve fair compensation for your pain and suffering.
- Permanent scars: Not all scars from a truck accidents can be repaired. We help you consider whether you will have a lifetime of scarring to deal.
As personal injury attorneys, we recommend that you know the full extent of your injuries before you sign any settlement with an insurance company. If you determine later that you need additional surgery, you cannot go back and renegotiate the settlement. Our law firm has the experience to help you make a decision about your settlement.
Tell us about all of your accident injuries. Make sure your personal injury claim includes every injury and takes into account current and future medical needs.
Broken & Crushed Bones
Bone Fracture Injuries: Kansas City
If you have suffered a broken or crushed bone in an accident caused by someone else’s Negligence, talk to a personal injury lawyer about the accident and about your options for recovery. Call 816-474-0202 for a free consultation at the McCollum & Griggs law firm in Kansas City, Missouri.
Sometimes all it takes to treat a broken bone, such as a simple fracture or stress fracture, is a cast. More complicated fractures, such as a compound fracture, spiral fracture, femur fracture, oblique fracture, comminuted fracture, as well as fractures to certain parts of the body including a crushed heel injury, broken hip, mandibular or jaw (TMJ) fracture and teeth fractures may require one or more surgeries to heal and internal hardware. Some fractures are closed fractures where the bone does not protrude through the skin while others are open fractures and may require more extensive treatment. Recuperation time varies depending on the age and health of the patient and the type of fracture. A minor fracture in a child may heal within a few weeks; a serious fracture in an older person may take months to heal. No matter what the case, if you have suffered one broken bone or multiple fractures in an accident, talk to our law firm about a personal injury claim.
- Medical treatment comes first: In a car accident, truck accidents, motorcycle accident or any other accident, your first concern is medical treatment. Only a proper medical exam can determine the extent of your injuries. As your personal injury lawyers, we will stay aware of your medical treatment.
- Which insurance policy pays? In Missouri, your health insurance is the first source of payment. In Kansas, your car insurance PIP (personal injury protection) must be exhausted before your health insurance pays. If you have questions about insurance coverage or if you do not have health insurance, let us know.
- Assessing the extent of necessary treatment: Treatment varies in complexity and the time it takes to heal. Sometimes, six weeks in a cast is sufficient. Other cases can require surgery, metal plates, screws, rods and/or balls. A fracture can result in additional problems such as an infection, internal scar tissue and continuing, severe pain. It is important to work with a personal injury lawyer who understands the medical issues.
- Settlement issues: You need to know the full extent of your injuries before you arrive at a settlement, including lost wages, resulting disabilities, your need for further medical treatment, and the extent of the pain and suffering caused by your injury. Do not feel pressured to settle too soon. Our law firm will help you determine the right settlement amount.
Tell our attorneys about all of your accident injuries. Our personal injury attorney will make sure your personal injury claim includes every injury and takes into account your current and future medical needs as well as lost income and other economical losses from your injury. Call us at 816-474-0202 to speak with one of our attorneys.