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No one ever imagines they will suffer a catastrophic injury going about their everyday lives in Eau Claire, but it can happen. A day of fishing on Dells Pond can turn tragic when a bass boat overturns. A quick trip to meet a flight at Chippewa Valley Regional Airport can end in a violent crash on Business Hwy 53. Cars can strike Eau Claire workers while crossing South Farwell Street on their lunch breaks, and West Riverside homeowners can fall from ladders while cleaning out their rain gutters.

No matter where an accident or incident resulting in a catastrophic injury happens in Eau Claire, it takes a major toll on the victim’s life, finances, and relationships. To help in regaining their health and rebuilding their lives, victims may have the right to take legal action seeking compensation from the party at fault for their injury.

Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers in Eau Claire can help. We represent victims of catastrophic injuries in seeking the compensation they deserve. Contact us for a free consultation with our experienced Eau Claire catastrophic injury attorneys about the catastrophic injury that has disrupted your life.

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Eau Claire Catastrophic Injury Lawyers

The lawyers and staff in the Eau Claire office of Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers understand the difficulties and challenges victims of a catastrophic injury face. Ours is a community-centered law firm committed to helping clients recover from the hardships and suffering they have endured through no fault of their own.

Over our years of practice in Eau Claire and throughout Wisconsin (and Minnesota), our team has notched success-after-success in cases involving catastrophic injuries. Our recent results have netted millions for clients who face unimaginable hardship after suffering catastrophic injuries in a wide range of preventable circumstances, including motor vehicle accidents, boating mishaps, and unsafe conditions at work.

Of course, our team can never guarantee results for our clients. By teaming with us, however, our clients gain the peace of mind of knowing their lawyers understand what it takes to obtain top-dollar financial outcomes in even the most factually, legally, and emotionally complicated catastrophic injury cases.

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Catastrophic Injuries: What They Are

A catastrophic injury is an injury that causes life-altering harm to a victim, usually because the injury or its effects are permanent. Catastrophic injuries tend to have a profound impact on multiple aspects of a victim’s life, such as the victim’s ability to work, go to school, get around, communicate, or live independently.

Any injury can qualify as catastrophic if it has a large enough effect on the victim’s life. However, the bulk of the injuries that lawyers classify as catastrophic tend to fall into:

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

A violent blow or jolt to the head or body, or a penetrating wound such as a gunshot wound, can cause harm to the brain through physical damage to brain tissue, as well as via bleeding, swelling, and chemical changes within the brain, all of which can disrupt the brain’s normal functioning. This traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can cause prolonged loss of consciousness and a variety of severe cognitive, motor, or emotional impairments from which a victim may struggle to recover.

Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs)

The spinal cord transmits the messages by which the brain controls the body. Damage to the spinal cord from a violent accident, medical error, or illness, can result in paralysis and loss of bodily function. Spinal cord injuries often cause permanent disability and can cost victims millions in medical and other costs over their lifetimes.

Amputations and Crush Injuries

The loss of a limb to medical amputation or through a violent accident changes an individual’s life forever. The loss of use of a limb causes painful physical disability and, often, severe emotional trauma. Victims may suffer long-term health complications, often need expensive prosthetics or mobility devices, and frequently struggle with mental health challenges in the aftermath of losing their limb or limb function.

Severe Burns

Severe burns are some of the most painful and traumatic injuries an accident victim can suffer. They frequently require treatment at a regional burn center, pose a risk of a deadly infection, subject victims to multiple skin graft surgeries, and leave behind painful, debilitating, disfiguring scars. Burn victims frequently struggle with mental health challenges, especially when scars cause visible disfigurement.

Loss of Sight or Hearing

Millions of Americans have limited or no sight or hearing, and most manage to live fulfilling, productive lives. Nevertheless, losing one’s sight or hearing suddenly can constitute a catastrophic injury, because of its immense impact on how victims live their everyday lives. Victims can recover and adapt, of course, but doing so takes hard work over years, and can inflict significant financial and personal consequences.

Other Injuries

As we said above, any injury can qualify as catastrophic if it takes a heavy toll on a person’s life. No matter what type of life-changing injury you suffered in Eau Claire, the team at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers can answer your questions and explain your options for seeking compensation.

Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries in Eau Claire

A catastrophic injury can happen in any accident, no matter how seemingly trivial or insignificant. Even a minor fender-bender or slipping and falling on a patch of ice can lead to life-altering injuries.

As with the types of injuries that qualify as catastrophic, however, a relatively small set of circumstances tends to lead to the bulk of catastrophic injuries.

In Eau Claire, those circumstances include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents, including collisions between cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles, particularly accidents that happen at high speed or involving vehicles of unequal size.
  • Falls, including slipping and falling on a hard surface, falling from a high height (such as from a ladder or rooftop), or falling on stairs.
  • Gunshots, both accidental and intentional.
  • Building fires and explosions, particularly in older structures that burn quickly and lack adequate fire safety features, or on construction sites.
  • Poisoning and toxic exposure, which can take an especially heavy toll on children and on industrial workers who suffer long-term exposures to hazardous materials.
  • Drowning incidents in backyard and public swimming pools, and in bodies of water like Dells Pond.
  • Unsafe workplaces, such as those where employers fail to supply their workers with safety equipment, force employees to work dangerously long shifts, or where workers fail to observe hazardous materials protocols.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, however. Contact Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers today to discuss the circumstances that led to you or a loved one suffering a catastrophic injury, and whether you have the right to take legal action seeking compensation.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Eau Claire Catastrophic Injury Cases

Eau Claire Catastrophic Injury Cases

Questions frequently arise in the aftermath of a catastrophic injury concerning whether and how the victim can seek compensation through a lawsuit or insurance claim. Here are some answers to some of the most common of those questions that we hear from clients and potential clients at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers in Eau Claire.

What damages can I get for an Eau Claire catastrophic injury?

In Wisconsin, and throughout the United States, the justice system uses money damages as an imperfect means of compensating catastrophic injury victims and their loved ones. No amount of money can replace the physical, emotional, or mental capabilities a catastrophic injury takes away from a victim. However, money damages can replace the financial losses a victim suffers because of an accident or injury, and it can serve to provide support and care the victim needs to heal and move forward in life.

Every catastrophic injury case we handle at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers features unique facts that determine the type and amount of compensation a victim might receive.

In general, however, damages in a catastrophic injury case can include:

  • Costs of medical care related to the injury and any health complications the injury cases, including the reasonably expected cost of future care the victim will need.
  • Reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenditures the victim makes because of the injury and the accident that caused it, such as paying to renovate a living space to accommodate a disability.
  • Lost wages and income the victim did not, or will not, earn because of the injury, typically in connection with missing work while healing, or suffering a disabling injury that prevents the victim from returning to work.
  • The victim’s pain, suffering, and other non-economic damages, consisting of the intangible, but real, challenges and difficulties inflicted by a catastrophic injury, including psychological harm and damage to personal relationships.

In addition, if a catastrophic injury results from someone else’s extreme or intentional misconduct, a Wisconsin court may award punitive damages to the victim, as a form of punishment of the at-fault party.

Talk to the team of catastrophic injury attorneys at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers in Eau Claire today about the compensation you may recover for your injuries and losses.

Who owes damages for causing an Eau Claire catastrophic injury?

It depends entirely on the specific facts of your case. Generally speaking, in Wisconsin, an individual, business, organization, or institution owes damages to anyone harmed by that party’s unreasonably dangerous conduct.

For example:

  • A driver who causes an accident by texting and driving.
  • A trucking company that fails to maintain its fleet in a roadworthy condition.
  • A manufacturer of home appliances that catch fire because they’re defective.
  • A restaurant owner who fails to clean up a spill that makes a tile floor dangerously slippery.
  • A road contractor that cuts corners on a highway construction project, leading to dangerous road surface erosion.

The most reliable way to find out who might owe you money damages for your catastrophic injury in Eau Claire is to speak with a team of experienced attorneys at Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers.

What are my rights if I suffered a catastrophic injury at work?

Lots of catastrophic injuries happen at the workplace or in connection with an individual’s job duties. That stands to reason, since many Wisconsin adults spend most of their waking hours at work during the week.

Most Eau Claire workers who suffer catastrophic injuries at work can turn to workers’ compensation insurance to pay for their medical expenses and replace part of their income because of a work-related disability. Workers’ comp is a no-fault insurance system that pays benefits to workers no matter how a catastrophic injury happened, even if it was the injured worker’s fault.

As a trade-off for requiring Eau Claire employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees, Wisconsin law generally immunizes employers from liability for their employees’ injuries. That means employees usually can’t sue their employers for their work-related catastrophic injuries.

Injured employees can, however, often sue third parties (parties other than their employers or co-workers) for causing a work-related catastrophic injury. For example, an Eau Claire worker may have a claim to make against the manufacturer of defective safety equipment that contributed to the accident that injured the worker.

Experienced Catastrophic Injury Lawyers in Eau Claire

A catastrophic injury, by definition, permanently alters a victim’s life. It changes the way an injured individual moves, works, communicates, and interacts with others. It also frequently imposes large, unexpected financial costs.

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In Eau Claire, many catastrophic injuries happen because of the careless, reckless, or intentionally harmful actions of someone other than the injured victim. Individuals harmed by that kind of wrongful conduct generally have a right to receive significant financial compensation. We can help.

Nicolet Law Accident & Injury Lawyers represents injured Eau Claire residents, workers, and visitors in legal actions seeking compensation for the harm they have suffered. If a catastrophic injury has devastated your life, or the life of your loved one, we can help you understand your rights and options for getting the money you need. Contact us online or call us at (715) 226-6149 to speak for free with an experienced Eau Claire catastrophic injury lawyer who can answer your questions.

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