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Catastrophic Auto Accident Injuries

Bristol Attorneys Help Victims Obtain Compensation After Catastrophic Auto Accidents

Providing legal guidance during a difficult time

After a catastrophic injury, victims and their families often don’t know where to turn for advice. At Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, PC, our injury lawyers help ease your burden. We clearly explain your legal rights, fully evaluate your losses and zealously seek the compensation you deserve. Trust your case to a law firm that has served upper East Tennessee for more than a century.

What is a catastrophic injury?

A catastrophic injury is one that results in serious, long-term consequences. Victims of catastrophic accidents face a long road to recovery that may entail numerous surgeries, extended hospitalization and lengthy rehabilitation. In some cases, the injury leads to a permanent disability, such as the loss of a limb or paralysis. Catastrophic injuries can occur as a result of auto accidents involving:

  • Hit-and-runs
  • Distracted driving
  • High speed
  • T-Bone crashes
  • Head-on wrecks

Types of serious injuries in the Tri-City region

Accident victims who walk away from a serious truck accident, auto accident, motorcycle accident or pedestrian accident are very lucky. In many cases, these traumatic crashes lead to serious injuries and even loss of life.

Catastrophic injuries that may result from a Bristol, Kingsport or Johnson City traffic accident include:

  • Spinal cord injuries — Trauma to the neck and back can damage the vertebrae.  The resulting neurological impairments, including numbness or complete loss of feeling, can be temporary or permanent. Quadriplegia, which involves the loss of physical ability in both the arms and legs, is one of the most serious spinal cord injuries.
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) — The force of the impact in a car accident can cause severe brain trauma. TBIs include closed head injuries and penetrating and open head injuries. In a closed head injury, the brain violently strikes the skull; in a penetrating or open head injury, the skull is fractured. In either case, the injury victim can suffer loss of memory, have speech difficulties and experience other long-term deficits.
  • Amputations — The loss of a limb may be the resultant injury of a serious car accident.  In some cases, the limb is severed during the crash. In others, amputation is medically necessary to save the victim’s life.
  • Disfigurement — When a vehicle catches fire, the driver and/or passengers may suffer severe burns. These injuries often require reconstructive surgery and may lead to permanent scarring over a large portion of the body.

Catastrophic injuries require long-term care

Catastrophic injuries are financially devastating. Accident victims not only face costly medical bills, but many can’t return to work for many months, if at all.

At Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, PC, our injury lawyers aggressively pursue compensation from the at-fault driver whose negligence caused your injuries. Whether negotiating with the insurance company or litigating your case at trial, we work tirelessly to recover the damages you deserve, including lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, and loss of consortium.

Catastrophic injury cases require a high degree of legal knowledge and experience. Our Bristol law firm offers more than 75 years of combined legal experience. We also have the resources — dedicated investigators and respected medical experts — to get results.

Tri-Cities injury firm helps you deal with a catastrophic accident

After a serious injury, you need dedicated and skilled legal representation. At Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, PC, we understand the challenges you face and work hard to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Call us today at 423-797-6022 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our office is conveniently located in Bristol, and we also offer hospital or home visits to accident victims and their families