Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney

Kansas City personal injury attorneyPersonal injury law is an area of civil law that allows people who have been injured to collect damages or financial compensation from the person or group who caused the injury. These damages come in several different types, and the amount of money an injured party can recover depends on a variety of different factors. If you or a loved one has been injured in Missouri, or Kansas, the personal injury lawyers at our law firm can help you understand whether you have a legal cause of action and how much you could reasonably expect to recover.

Our firm handles a wide range of personal injury cases, including those involving traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, birth injury, or wrongful death caused by car accidents, tractor trailer accidents, motorcycle accidents, drunk driving accidents, distracted driving, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, defective products, and other types of negligence or carelessness.

Damages for Personal Injury Cases

There are several types of damages that victims of catastrophic injuries can claim. Our firm offers representation for the following:

Damages for Medical Bills

When you are injured as a result of someone else’s carelessness or wrongful act, you are legally entitled to be compensated for any medical expenses you have to pay for the treatment of your injury. This can include actual medical treatment, physical therapy, medication, psychiatric treatment, and any other medical expense that may result from your personal injury. Serving Kansas, Missouri, and Arizona, our personal injury law firm can help you determine what damages you may be able to collect for your medical expenses.

Damages for Lost Wages and Other Economic Losses

A serious personal injury can prevent you from working. The permanent effects of the injury may even make it impossible for you to to do the work that you were doing at the time of injury. If so, you may need to go back to school to be trained in a new profession. Under personal injury law, you are entitled to recover damages for the money that you will lose as a result of your inability to work. If your injuries will limit your ability to work for your entire life, the amount recovered for lost wages can be quite substantial.

Damages for Pain and Suffering

Major injuries can result in significant pain and discomfort, both physical and emotional. Financial compensation may be granted for physical pain and mental suffering that you experience. While this may be hard to quantify, personal injury lawyers that are also doctors can use their medical and legal knowledge to explain, either in negotiations or in the courtroom, the pain and anguish that afflicts you.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are awarded to you not as compensation for your personal injury, but rather as a punishment to the person or group that caused it. If a company was grossly or willfully negligent and you or someone you love was injured due to that negligence, the court may require that the defendants pay punitive damages as a penalty for their flagrant disregard for your safety and well-being.

Catastrophic Personal Injury

A catastrophic injury is one that will never heal or will never allow the victim to function the way he or she did prior to the injury. The injury will not only have an impact on the victim, but will also impact the victim’s family. Catastrophic injuries are physically, emotionally, and financially devastating to everyone involved.

Examples of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries: All brain injuries are serious, but a catastrophic brain injury results in memory loss, diminished cognitive and emotional functions, blindness, loss of hearing, significant issues with motor skills, and altered personality.
  • Spinal cord injuries: Substantial trauma to the neck or back can result in compression fractures, herniated discs (which can lead to partial or total paralysis), quadriplegia, tetraplegia, and paraplegia.
  • Burn injuries: A catastrophic burn injury is one that covers much of the body and often results in nerve damage, muscle damage, and permanent disfigurement.
  • Internal organ injuries: Damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, or other organs can have a significant impact on the victim’s quality of life and physical abilities.
  • Amputation: Some accidents result in so much physical trauma to the body that a body part will have to be removed. Parts of the body that are most often dismembered or amputated include the arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers, and toes.
  • Multiple bone fractures: When many bones are broken at the same time, it can result in a significant decrease in physical abilities. Many victims of catastrophic bone breaks are never able to fully regain strength and mobility.
  • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome: CRPS is also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dsytrophy. This is an irreversible condition that is incredibly painful. The pain is often described as a severe burning, electrical, and or shooting. It can cause severe pain in the joints, muscle atrophy, and spasm. A patient’s skin can be so sensitive that they can’t stand to even come into contact with a light touch (such as a sheet over them at night).
  • Brachial Plexus Injury: A brachial plexus injury is an injury to the nerves that travel from the neck or spine, to the shoulder, and down the arm to the hand. The nerves can be completely torn off the spinal cord, thereby destroying all function, or severely stretched, leading to severe pain, weakness and atrophy.
  • Tardive Dyskinesia: A horrific disorder which can result in severe involuntary, uncontrollable, and repetitive body movements. These can include involuntary movements of arms, legs, hands, body, lip smacking, lip pursing, puckering, tongue protrusion, grimacing, rapid eye blinking, inability to control moving the head and other problems.
  • Hypoxic-ischemic Brain Injury: This results when the brain is deprived of oxygen. It can occur as a result of medical negligence surrounding the birth of a child. It can also occur as the result of cardiac arrest resulting from a blunt force striking the heart or heart attack. It can also occur in near drowning.

Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

Traffic accidents are perhaps the most common cause of serious and catastrophic injuries. Victims of car accidents are particularly at risk of suffering life-changing injuries if they were riding their bike, walking, riding in a speeding vehicle, or involved in a crash with a large tractor-trailer. In such cases, it must be determined who was responsible for the crash and if negligence was a contributing factor in the collision.

Car accidents are not the only cause of catastrophic injuries. Victims may sustain serious trauma in a slip-and-fall accident, near drowning, a construction accident, or an incident involving a defective product or medical negligence. Regardless of the cause of the catastrophic injury, it is important to determine liability so that the injured victim can receive financial support for all current and future medical bills, lost wages, permanent injury, disabilities, and other damages.

Contact Our Kansas City Personal Injury Lawyers

If you believe you have a personal injury caused by the careless or willful act of another person or group, Contact our firm serving Missouri and Kansas. The personal injury lawyers of Cullan & Cullan will help protect your legal rights, and will strive to make sure that you are compensated for your injuries.

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Cullan & Cullan
4900 Main St, #310
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
Phone: (816) 861-7600
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The Kansas City personal injury lawyers at our law firm have medical knowledge as well as legal expertise, which combine to make them highly effective at gathering evidence, handling negotiations, and representing victims in the courtroom.

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Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Disclaimer: The information on this website is not, nor is it intended to be, legal or medical advice. This website is provided by The Law Offices of Cullan and Cullan M.D., J.D. for informational purposes only. Laws are very complex. You should not rely on a website or advice from a friend who had a case when it comes to making decisions about your rights. You should personally consult with an attorney as early as possible for advice regarding your own situation. Every situation is different. Every state is different. There are many factors that are important for an attorney to know before it is possible to give you advice on your case.