Catastrophic and Serious Injury Lawyers in Nashville, TN
Strong advocacy for injury victims who require long-term care
Families face tremendous physical, emotional, and financial hardships when a loved one suffers a severe injury. Medical costs, the need for assistive care, and lost income can take their toll. The injustice of a loved one suffering because of someone else’s wrongful act or negligence is also difficult to bear. When drivers, doctors, property owners, manufacturers, and others cause unbearable suffering, they deserve to be held fully accountable.
At Rocky McElhaney Law Firm in Nashville, Tennessee, our personal injury lawyers understand and have compassion for your situation. We have years of experience protecting our client’s rights and work to help you recover vitally needed compensation. Our lawyers work with your physicians, specialists, and our network of doctors to show just how catastrophic and serious your injuries are, why you will need medical care for years or even the rest of your life, and how your life is completely different now.
"When I was a teenager, Dad got hurt. Insurance company wouldn't pay. We lost our house. But, Dad got a lawyer and we got justice. That's the moment I decided to become an attorney. As a lawyer, I have dedicated my life to helping injury victims."
What is a catastrophic injury?
A catastrophic injury is generally any type of injury that involves permanent disability. A catastrophic injury can also be any injury that places long-term stress on the accident victim and their family. Catastrophic injuries are often so severe that people can no longer take care of themselves. This makes it impossible to handle the daily activities that most of us take for granted — such as eating, bathing, dressing, or handling bathroom activities — without assistance. Many Nashville catastrophic injury victims need extensive medical care to stabilize their injuries and then a lifetime of medical care to manage them. After enduring a catastrophic or serious injury, an accident victim might be in a coma, connected to a ventilator, or temporarily or permanently paralyzed.
Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Brain injuries may be due to a forceful blow such as a head striking a dashboard or to loss of oxygen to the brain such as occurs when birth doctors are negligent. Victims may suffer permanent brain damage. Many TBI victims have physical, cognitive, developmental, and emotional complications. A severe type of brain trauma occurs when a child develops cerebral palsy due to birth delivery malpractice.
- Severe burns. Burns are classified as first, second, or third-degree burns. Third-degree burns damage several layers of the skin. They often require skin grafts and plastic surgery. Many victims live with severe scars and disfigurement. For many victims, the emotional trauma is as severe as the physical trauma.
- Spinal cord damage including paralysis. Partial or complete damage to the spinal cord paralyzes the area below the injury, disrupts bodily functions, and can be fatal. Serious spinal cord injuries often include the following:
- Herniated disc. A herniated or bulging disc can be intensely painful if the disc pushes on a nerve. Often, surgery, medication, and physical therapy are necessary.
- Stenosis. Stenosis is pressure on nerve tissue inside the vertebrae. It can cause pain, muscle weakness, numbness, and, if severe enough, loss of bladder, bowel, and/or sexual function.
- Dislocation. An impact injury can force vertebrae out of their correct position, resulting in pain and impaired mobility.
- Fracture. A fracture or break in the vertebrae is often accompanied by other injuries, such as damaged muscles, ligaments, or dislocated vertebrae.
- Traumatic amputation/loss of a limb. The loss of an arm, leg, hand, or foot can change an accident victim’s life forever. Some victims can never work again. Even victims who can use a prosthesis often live with a large amount of emotional pain. Many amputees rely on family, friends, and support groups to cope and survive.
Other catastrophic injuries include organ damage such as kidney or lung damage, vision loss, hearing loss, and post-traumatic stress syndrome.
What types of accidents can lead to catastrophic injury?
These types of accidents commonly cause catastrophic injuries:
- Cruise ship accidents
- Work-related accidents
- Birth injuries
- Premises liability
- Defective products
- Slip and fall accidents
- Construction accidents
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
How much is my catastrophic injury claim worth in Nashville?
If you or a loved one has suffered from a catastrophic injury, we demand compensation from the liable parties.
You can recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, permanent disability, loss of bodily function, and pain and suffering. Typically, an insurance company tries to settle a case before going to court. This helps victims avoid a long and lengthy trial. However, do not attempt to fight the case alone. Insurance companies have an army of attorneys on their side – you need an experienced, qualified Tennessee catastrophic injury attorney to fight for you.
In catastrophic injury cases, we may negotiate a structured settlement. In this type of settlement, some or all the recovery is set aside to ensure that the medical bills are there for the victim for the rest of his/her life.
Do you have a catastrophic injury lawyer near me?
Rocky McElhaney Law Firm meets with clients at our East Nashville office located at 615 Main St., B21. We have another Nashville office at 545 Mainstream Dr., #105.
Our firm has additional offices in:
- Hendersonville: 475 Saundersville Rd.
- Clarksville: 2197 Madison Street, Suite 103
Many catastrophic injury victims are immobile or are in very poor health. Our attorneys meet seriously injured clients, when necessary, at their homes, a hospital, or another convenient location. All initial consultations are free. We handle catastrophic injury victims on a contingency fee basis – which means we only receive compensation if your case settles or there is a jury verdict in your favor (or that of a loved one).
Put Rocky in your corner. Speak with a caring Nashville catastrophic injury lawyer now
Get help now. Our Nashville catastrophic and serious injury lawyers will answer all your questions and explain how the claims process works. Call Rocky McElhaney Law Firm today at 615-425-2500 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. Rocky McElhaney Law Firm represents catastrophic injury clients throughout the state of Tennessee, including Nashville, Hendersonville, and Clarksville.