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Catastrophic Injuries

Indianapolis Catastrophic Accident Attorneys


You don’t have to be involved in a car accident to sustain a serious life-altering injury. Unfortunately, catastrophic injuries can happen on construction sites, playgrounds, on the job, or while on vacation. A catastrophic injury is considered any kind of wound that has serious or long-term effects including permanent disability. Examples of these types of injuries include:

•    Neck fractures
•    Brain injury
•    Spinal cord injury
•    Burns
•    Quadriplegia
•    Paraplegia
•    Paralysis
•    Amputation

Injuries of such severe nature can have a tremendous impact on the victim as well as their family, who may have to provide continual care for the victim throughout their lifetime as a result of their injuries.

Brain injury

Brain injuries require timely access to expert trauma care, specialized rehabilitation, and often life-long support so that victims can enjoy a reasonable quality of life. The Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention report that over 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. Doctors classify brain injuries as mild, moderate, or severe. The level of injury is determined based on the victim’s ability to respond to verbal and motor stimuli.

Whether the brain injury was a result of an auto accident, construction accident, or defective product, a personal injury attorney who has experience litigating brain injury claims can help you. Brain injury cases require good legal analysis coupled with outstanding expert resources to represent your case in an Indiana court of law.
If you or someone you care about has suffered a brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact us. Our brain injury lawyers can advise you of your legal rights and options. The initial consultation is free and we will not collect any legal fees until you receive compensation for your claim.

Spinal Cord Injury/ Quadriplegia/ Paraplegia/ Paralysis

Much like a brain injury, spinal cord injuries can have devastating life-altering effects. The spinal cord transmits information from the brain to the rest of the body and back. An injury to the spinal cord can severely impact a person’s motor skills. Recent statistics indicate that approximately 11,000 spinal cord injury accidents occur each year.


A person is considered to have quadriplegia when they have permanently lost use of both arms and both legs. Major trauma to the spinal column can damage areas of the spinal cord and lead to quadriplegia. Car crashes, construction site accidents, sports injuries, falls, and puncture wounds can all be causes of spinal cord injuries which can lead to quadriplegia.

Loss of movement requires a great deal of care and rehabilitation. It also requires a great deal of money to compensate for lost wages, medical care, and quality of life. A personal injury lawsuit can help a victim receive compensation for their injuries and help them restore their quality of life.


Paraplegia is a permanent loss of the use of the legs and/or lower body area.  Much like quadriplegia, paraplegia includes the loss of muscle control in the affected area along with a loss of sensation. This can also include organs such as the bowel or bladder.

Medical care and rehabilitation for a person suffering from paraplegia can be very expensive and require a live-long therapy and rehabilitation. The loss of use of the lower body not only has monetary impact, it also has a psychological impact for the victim. It is important that a person who has suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia seek the assistance of a mental health professional to help them deal with the trauma of the event as well as an experienced Indianapolis personal injury attorney who can help them recover compensation for their damages.


Doctors use the word paralysis to refer to the loss or impairment of voluntary movement or sensation in a part of the body. This could be the loss of one arm or one leg rather than a larger scale loss of use such as quadriplegia or paraplegia.
People who suffer from paralysis, much like those who suffer from quadriplegia and paraplegia, will require medical care and rehabilitation in order to regain their quality of life. An Indiana personal injury lawsuit can help victims of catastrophic spinal cord injuries receive compensation for their injuries and medical care.

Victims of accidents that resulted in quadriplegia, paraplegia, or paralysis often have a long road to recovery and need to be aware of their legal rights and options regarding seeking compensation for their damages. Our Indiana personal injury spinal cord attorneys have experience in litigating claims for people who have been injured. Spinal cord injuries are serious in nature. Be sure to find an attorney who is serious about taking on your fight in court and in negotiations. Contact us now to discuss your claim. We do not charge a fee for your initial consultation and we do not collect fees until you receive compensation for your claim.

Burn Injury

Severe burn injuries don’t just happen in residential fires. Industrial accidents, auto accidents, semi-truck accidents, electrical fires, and explosions can all cause traumatic burn injuries.

The skin is the largest organ of the body. The skin is responsible for not only protecting the body from bacteria, it also helps regulate body temperature. When the skin is damaged from a burn, the body is exposed to germs from the environment which makes infection one of the biggest dangers associated with severe burns.

The treatment for severe burns can be painful and expensive. Wound care for burned areas may require debridement, skin grafts, or amputation. If you or someone you care about has suffered a severe burn injury due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Indiana burn injuries are litigated by our personal injury attorneys who are experienced trial lawyers who will represent your best interests in court and in negotiations. Contact us to discuss your claim and learn of your legal rights and options.


The loss of a limb due to a catastrophic injury not only affects your body, it also affects your life. Medical care, prosthetics, and rehabilitation therapy are expensive and usually last a lifetime. If you have suffered an amputation injury as the result of someone else’s negligence you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. An Indiana personal injury attorney can advise you of your legal rights and options.

Our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys have experience trying catastrophic injury cases like amputations and have the resources and expertise to help you in court and in negotiations. Contact us to discuss your claim. There is no charge for the initial consultation and we will not collect any fees until your claim is paid.

Optical Injuries

Whether you have suffered a partial or complete loss of vision, an eye injury is very serious in nature and can have a lasting impact on your quality of life. Traumatic events that lead to serious optical injuries can vary and include car accidents, sports-related injuries, defective products such as power tools or machinery, and even fireworks.

Serious injury to the eye can include foreign objects which can puncture the eye, chemical burns, and blunt force trauma to the eye.

If you or someone you care about has suffered a serious eye injury because of someone else’s negligence, the Indiana personal injury attorneys at Cohen & Malad, LLP are available to help you. Contact us to discuss your situation and learn of your legal rights and options. You may be entitled to damages and loss of income due to your injury. There is no fee for the initial consultation and our personal injury attorneys do not collect legal fees until you have received compensation for your claim.