Helping Hawaii Residents And Visitors Secure Compensation After Catastrophic Injuries
If you were in an accident that resulted in minor injury, the fact that you were not more seriously injured is good news. You have a chance to return to your normal lifestyle. Those who have suffered catastrophic injuries do not. They face a lifetime of challenges that can include pain, suffering, disability and diminished quality of life.
At the Honolulu law firm of Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks, we handle serious injury cases to assist those who need the most help, such as those who suffer due to:
- Fatal injuries and wrongful deaths of loved ones
- Head and brain trauma
- Back, neck and spine injuries
- Injuries on construction sites
Recovering Your Expenses And Losses
Many of our clients have suffered catastrophic losses from head and spinal cord injuries, paralysis, amputation and the death of family members who had fatal internal injuries resulting from serious accidents. Their losses and expenses will extend far beyond treatment of the original trauma. Besides emergency room bills, surgery and initial hospitalization, extraordinary costs lie ahead to cover therapy and rehabilitation.
Continuing Care After The Accident
In addition, there may be new expenses for medical treatment, supplies and medication such as wheelchairs, therapy and rehabilitation. It may be necessary to remodel the family home to make it navigable for a disabled person with mobility challenges. The family may need to buy a special vehicle – which will most likely need to be replaced every seven to 10 years. In addition, lost time from work means lost wages, which translates to tangible losses for households.
Receiving Payment For Pain And Suffering
Extraordinary pain and suffering is an “intangible” but very real aspect of our catastrophic injury clients’ cases. Our clients must cope with impacts on their quality of life, and our attention to these impacts sets us apart as a personal injury law firm. We have a great deal of experience advocating on behalf of clients and their families when a serious auto, truck or aviation accident means that life will never be the same for the injured.
What Are The Two Main Severities Of Spinal Injuries?
The two main severities of spinal cord injuries are complete and incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury indicates that the injured person has lost all feeling below the area on the spine where the injury occurred. This is a bilateral injury, which means that both sides of the body are impacted equally, and this is commonly the result of some bruising or lack of blood flow to the impacted part of the spine. By contrast, an incomplete spinal cord injury indicates that there is some partial feeling in the areas below the impacted part of the spine. These injuries can vary significantly, as they may impact only one side of the body, or one side will be less impacted than the other and have greater function.
Symptoms Of A Spinal Cord Injury
While the most recognized symptom of a spinal cord injury is the total loss of feeling or function in a part of the body, there are other, harder-to-recognize symptoms that may indicate the presence of a spinal cord injury. A decrease in feeling or function in part of the body can indicate that there is an injury to your spine which may get progressively worse, as well as a reduction in movement ability or reflexes of the impacted area. Swelling is also a common symptom of a potentially serious injury. Other symptoms may develop depending on where the injured occurred on your spine, as in the case of difficulty breathing if you receive cervical spine injury, or difficult bladder or bowel control if you are injured in your lumbar spine.
Different Types Of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There a two general categories that traumatic brain injuries (or TBI) can fall into: closed brain injuries and penetrating brain injuries. A closed brain injury simply refers to when the brain is injured but there is no break or crack in the skull surrounding it. This can be caused by hard, jerky movements back and forth, as well as shaking that can result in sever tearing or bruised tissue and blood vessels. A penetrating injury is where there has been a break or some other severe injury to the head that has resulted in an open head injury, exposing the brain to external harm.
Symptoms Of A Traumatic Brain Injury
Common symptoms of a TBI can include cognitive defects such as difficulty thinking, memory issues, and confusion, as well as motor deficiencies such as paralysis, weakness, uncontrolled tremors, and balance issues. Additional symptoms can impact a persons’ senses such as vision and hearing, their ability to communicate, and even result in changes to their personality. The brain is such a complex organ that even a slight injury can have significant symptoms such as severe chronic headaches following a minor concussion.
Why Choose Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks To Represent You After A Catastrophic Injury?
You can rest easy when you choose to work with Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks, because we are singularly focused on getting you the compensation that you need in order to recover from your injury. Our attorneys are highly skilled in catastrophic injuries and focus the majority of our practice on these complex cases. We are passionate about assisting you throughout the entire process, from navigating your health, disability or life insurance policies, to helping you reach your maximum potential recovery from your injury. With our assistance, you get over 50 years of dedicated service, and our attorneys will leverage all their skills and knowledge to help you get the fair compensation that you deserve.
Call Today To Learn About Your Options For Recovery
If there is any doubt as to whether your injury claim is the type that our law firm takes on, we welcome the opportunity to evaluate your case. Contact the Honolulu catastrophic injury attorneys at Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks in Hawaii to schedule a free preliminary consultation. Call us at 808-600-3514 or reach out online.