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Catastrophic injuries & Missouri car accidents: Frequently asked questions

Thumbnail image for 1114180_-_im_still_mobile_-.jpgOn average, more than two million Americans suffer injuries in car accidents each year. In all too many cases, the victims of these crashes are left with catastrophic injuries, which can have an enormous impact on the victims' future quality of life. A catastrophic injury can leave an individual unable to work and in need of constant care - while accruing extensive medical expenses. Often, these injuries occur suddenly and unexpectedly, and they have long-term implications not just for the victims, but for their families and loved ones. The aftermath of such an injury can be a confusing, overwhelming time for everyone involved.

If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury in an auto accident caused by another driver's negligence, it may be beneficial to seek advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer. An attorney can review the specific details of your case and advise you of your legal rights and options.

What is a catastrophic injury?

A catastrophic injury is an injury that causes permanent disability or results in the need for long-term medical treatment and/or rehabilitation. Here are some examples of catastrophic injuries that are common in serious car accidents:

• Severe burn injuries, which can require multiple surgeries and cause chronic pain and suffering, permanent scarring and disfigurement, and physical limitations.

• Injuries to the back, neck or spinal cord, which can cause permanent disability, paraplegia and quadriplegia.

• Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which can impair a victim's motor skills, speech, sight and memory. TBI's can also cause psychological issues like mood swings, depression and insomnia.

• Bone injuries or loss of limb, including fractures and permanently damaged joints, which can limit mobility and necessitate multiple medical procedures.

What kind of compensation is available in a catastrophic injury case?

Victims of catastrophic injury may be entitled to compensation for their expenses and damages, which may include medical bills, missed work, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other losses. The amount and kind of compensation available varies, depending on the case.

The other driver's insurance company keeps calling me. What should I say?

You have no legal duty to cooperate with adjusters who represent the at-fault driver's insurer. We encourage you to speak with a lawyer before you give an adjuster a recorded statement about your accident and before you sign any documents. In many cases, accident victims feel pressured to accept a settlement offer just to put the ordeal behind them. However, especially in the case of catastrophic injury, you need to make sure that your current and future needs are met before you settle your claim. In many cases, accepting a settlement means that you are waiving your right to receive any future compensation from the insurer.

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New Madrid County and Southeast Missouri Accident Lawyers Shocked and Saddened by Death of 8 Year Old Boy from Portageville MO

816797_ATV quads.jpgA catastrophic death occurred Monday afternoon, July 18th, in southeast Missouri. A young boy from Portageville, MO was riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on a field road. The 8 year-old was killed after the ATV he was driving left the field road and the young boy drove into the path of an oncoming pickup truck on county road 417 about 1 mile south of Highway 162 in New Madrid County.

In light of this tragic accident, the New Madrid accident lawyers want to remind everyone of the dangers that ATVs can pose and share both safety tips for ATV use and Missouri laws governing ATVs.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission children under the age of 16 are involved in about 30% of all ATV accident related deaths. They are twice as likely to be involved in an accident, particularly when riding on an adult sized ATV. And from 1982 until 2009, 67 children under the age of 16 have been killed in an ATV accident in the state of Missouri alone.

New Madrid Accident Lawyer ATV Safety Tips:

Take a formal safety training course. An ATV is a heavy piece of machinery and involves high speeds, with a formal, hands on training course you can greatly improve your ability to ride safely and improve your enjoyment. The best way to avoid an ATV accident is to take the proactive measure of a rider training course.

Always wear protective gear, especially a helmet. But also include goggles, gloves, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and a pair of boots that cover you ankles. Road debris, weeds and grasses, often kick up while riding, these items offer protection.

Do not drive with a passenger. Nearly all ATVs are designed for one person. They are also designed for interactive riding. This means a person must be able to shift their weight in any direction to maintain control as well as vehicle balance and stability. Catastrophic injury or death often occurs because the rider loses control of the ATV.

Do not drive on paved roads. ATVs are designed for off-road use. They are harder to steer and operate on pavement. Also they should not be operated at the higher speeds required on paved roads. ATVs are not designed for driving in traffic and are harder to maneuver. These factors alone increase the risk of a traffic accident.

Missouri Laws for ATVs:


  • No ATVs are permitted on a Missouri highway unless for governmental, agricultural, or industrial purposes and unless on the owner's property. This means any public roadway and includes gravel roads

  • ATV must have bicycle flag, headlights and taillights, and a properly working braking system.

  • No one under the age of 16 may operate and ATV without adult supervision or unless on the parent's or owner's property.

  • A helmet is required for anyone under the age of 18, and highly recommended for all riders.

  • An ATV may not be operated in a careless way that could endanger another person.

  • An ATV may not be operated while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.

  • No passengers are allowed, except for agricultural purposes and on an ATV specifically designed for a passenger.

  • All ATVs must be titled and registered. Registration must be renewed every 3 years. No one under 16 may register an ATV.

While ATVs can pose a risk of catastrophic death or traumatic injury, they are an enjoyable recreation and useful tool for off-road activities such as agriculture, industry and special events. With this in mind, New Madrid accident lawyers highly recommend a formal training course. ATV Rider Course from the ATV Safety Institute provides a half-day safety course which includes pre-ride inspections, safe handling, and emergency stops.

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Perryville and Kennett Missouri Area Stunned and Saddened by Recent Baseball Fan Tragedy

If you have ever been in an accident, witnessed a car crash, or had a near miss you know how quickly an accident can occur. You also know how dangerous they are and how many accidents happen everywhere and in any setting of our lives. They often lead to catastrophic injury and death.776061_despair.jpg

Catastrophic injuries or death can happen anywhere in any setting and only take a split second to occur. And this is exactly what happened at a Texas Rangers game Thursday night on July 7. A fan slipped over the railing as he tried to catch a baseball. He fell about 20 feet and died from injuries he received from the fall as reported by Sporting News.

The accident lawyers in the Cape Girardeau MO office of Aaron Sachs & Associates offer condolences to the family and to everyone who witnessed this terrible accident. And offer support and condolences to anyone who has been affected by catastrophic accidents.

The sudden and freak nature of catastrophic accidents makes them very traumatic for all involved. It is particularly upsetting as these accidents often occur with little or no warning. As tragic as it is when someone dies in a car accident or industrial setting, it is not a shock. Unfortunately people die on Missouri roads and highways all the time. Car crashes are an expected part of life.

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Jackson Missouri Catastrophic Injury Victims Find Support and Financial Assistance

smahed cars.jpgThe Jackson Missouri Catastrophic Injury attorneys at Aaron Sachs and Associates see all too many victims of life destroying accidents in their Cape Girardeau office. In many cases, these devastating injuries are the result of an car crash or semi-truck accident, but can have other causes as well, such as a fall or freak accident.

A catastrophic injury is one that has serious, long term effects, often including the necessity for Social Security Disability benefits. Unfortunately, the Social Security System is notoriously difficult to navigate, frequently requiring assistance from an experienced Cape Girardeau Missouri Social Security Disability law firm.

Here are just some of the various types of Jackson MO catastrophic injuries:

• Spinal Cord Injuries
• Limbs amputated, or the necessity to amputate following the injury itself
• Closed Brain Injuries (also known as traumatic brain injuries)
• Sever (3rd Degree) Burns
• Organ Removal/Transplant
• Paraplegia or Quadriplegia

As a Kennet Catastrophic Injury law firm, we feel an obligation not just to represent catastrophic injury victims in claims to receive the compensation and benefits they are entitled to, but also to serve this community in any way we can.

We have compiled this list of resources for the victims and families of catastrophic injury. We know you need all the support you can get, including financial, legal and emotional/spiritual.

  • If you have no medical coverage, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance can help you find access to free medications. This is a completely free service as well.
  • The Paralyzed Veterans of America provides a book called On the Move: A Financial Guide for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury. This incredibly helpful resource contains information about financial planning, benefits that are available to you which you might not be aware of, and tips to adapt your home for a paralyzed individual.
  • Easter Seals: Medical Rehabilitation--Rehabilitation services provided upon referral from a physician, other agent, subject to state and federal requirements. Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.

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