Serious Injuries – Attorneys in Oklahoma City
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The attorneys of the Dan Davis Law Firm are here for victims of serious injuries such as burns or loss of vision. We recognize how hard it is on a victim’s family when a serious injury becomes a life-altering event, as can happen with traumatic brain injury (TBI) or cases involving spinal cord injury or paralysis. We stand by our clients to get them the full compensation they deserve.
If you’ve been injured in any type of accident, you may be entitled to compensation for serious personal injuries that result in losses ranging from lost wages and medical bills, to cost of future care, to necessary adaptation for a disability or loss of independence. The Dan Davis Law Firm fights tirelessly to protect injured Oklahomans that have sustained the following types of injuries in a wide range of accidents:
- Amputation or Loss of Limbs
- Loss of Hearing
- Loss of Vision
- Injuries to Children and Infants
- Fractures and Broken Bones
- Soft Tissue Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury or Paralysis
- Surgery from Injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Any accident that results in an injury requiring surgery can lead to further complications and more time away from work or family. Fractures and broken bones can be painful for months or even long. You may have difficulty living independently. Permanent injury may change the way you live your life. Our experienced attorneys are prepared to hold the responsible parties accountable for your losses.
Although orthopedic surgery has advanced dramatically in recent decades, some severe accidents cause victims extensive trauma that makes amputation necessary or directly causes loss of limbs. Accidental causes that may require amputation of fingers, toes, or limbs include:
- Severe burns
- Extensive shattering of bones
- Permanent nerve damage
- Extensive soft tissue injury resulting from a dog bite
Injury requiring amputation of an entire limb typically involves a high degree of traumatic force on the victim. This may be the case in a motorcycle accident or head-on collision. Other causes include electrocution injury and burns resulting from corrosive chemicals or a household fire.
A burn injury can result from a chemical burn or contact with open flame. A worker may suffer a burn injury in an industrial accident. In some cases, only a few seconds of exposure to a chemical or flame may lead to a permanent loss of vision or loss of the use of hands.
Burn victims frequently need prolonged medical care that might include:
- Skin grafts
- Pain medication
- Occupational or physical therapy
- Reparative plastic surgery
Burns sustained in an auto accident may result from a rollover accident in which passengers are trapped inside of a burning car. Commercial vehicle accidents in which hazardous, flammable, or explosive materials are being transported also may result in a serious burn injury.
Loss of hearing may result in full or partial deafness. While full loss of hearing can permanently change your quality of life, even partial deafness can have a significant impact. You may be unable to perform your job as you did before the hearing loss.
A severe blow to the head can lead to loss of hearing or deafness. In some cases, the inner ear is permanently damaged, leading to hearing loss. This may occur in a motorcycle accident, fall from heights or other construction accident, or from a pedestrian being struck by a car.
Some causes of loss of hearing may not arise from a blow to the head. Instead, exposure to noise without adequate ear protection may lead to loss of hearing. This may occur over a long period of time or suddenly, as in the case of an industrial accident involving an explosion. An industrial accident, such as an explosion, may also harm your hearing due to extreme changes in pressure.
Loss of vision or blindness may be permanent, or temporary, depending on the nature and extent of the injury. Regardless of the nature of the accident, an injury victim who suffers full or partial loss of vision may very likely become:
- Unable to work
- Unable to drive
- Unable to care for dependents
- Unable to cook or otherwise care for themselves
Loss of vision can result from trauma to the head or face, which may occur in a head-on auto accident. In other cases, such as a chemical burn or industrial accident involving corrosives, only the eyes may be directly affected. Permanent loss of vision or blindness is one way in which individuals may qualify for long-term disability benefits.
Children need protection wherever they go — whether they are in the home, at their schools or on a playground. Various state and federal laws have been created to protect them. For example, day care centers are highly regulated to ensure the safety of the children. Property owners with pools must enclose the swimming areas with fences to reduce the risk of injuries and potential premises liability cases. Children may slip and fall because a negligent property owner has failed to repair a hazard.
Children, especially toddlers, may be exposed to lead paint that a landlord has failed to remove, which may create a potential product liability case. Dangerous toys that make their way into children’s homes can lead to a defective product case. Children commonly are victims of dog bites.
If your child was injured due to negligence, don’t hesitate to call our firm. We are prepared to listen to you and discuss your legal options.
Where injuries to children and infants may occur
Injuries to children and infants can occur in just about any setting, including, but not limited to:
- Daycare centers
- Nursery schools
- Summer camps
- School buses
- Play areas in malls or at restaurants
It is also important to recognize that Oklahoma statute of limitation laws may enable a family to collect compensation for an injury that happened when the victim was a child but the symptoms or effects of the injury were not fully realized until years later. Turn to the Dan Davis Law Firm for answers.
Fractures and broken bones injuries can lead to complicated cases, depending on the circumstances. Older people’s bones tend to be more brittle. A relatively minor injury for a younger person can be devastating to older folks. If you are elderly and sustain a broken bone or fracture, you may cope with pain and suffering for the rest of your life.
A healthy young person who experiences a fracture or broken bone injury may return to full health in a matter of months, but in some cases, the injury may be permanent. Broken bones in the hands or feet due to auto accidents may require lengthy rehabilitation. This can seriously impact a family if the injured person is the sole breadwinner.
In cases where the bone is severely shattered, such as in an industrial accident, semi-truck accident, or motorcycle accident, the victim may require surgery from their injury. A broken bone in the neck or back may pose the risk of spinal cord injury if not corrected surgically.
Despite advances in medicine, contemporary medical imaging technology cannot always effectively detect the extent or severity of the soft tissue injury. Muscle and tendon strains, particularly in the back and neck, can lead to pain that makes certain motions or sitting/standing positions unbearably painful.
A soft tissue injury may affect:
- Large muscles in the legs or arms
- Fine motor control in hands and fingers
- Ability to climb stairs or ladders
- Ability to operate machinery
- Curvature/support of the neck or back
When a soft tissue injury is the result of a powerful force, the resulting damage can cause pain and limit motion for months. Significant forces may be involved an oil field accident or construction accident. We are prepared to investigate the circumstances of your accident to determine the best way to pursue maximum compensation. We can determine if a third party may be partially liable for your soft tissue injury.
Spinal cord injury can lead to full or partial paralysis in some cases. Other accidents that damage the spinal cord may cause the victim to experience persistent nerve pain and other symptoms. Spinal cord injury and paralysis are nearly always permanent conditions that can affect a victim’s entire family and destroy their quality of life.
Symptoms of spinal cord injury
Besides the loss of the use of one or more limbs, symptoms of spinal cord injury may include:
- Shooting pain down the arms or legs
- Tremors in the hands
- Loss of fine motor control
- Inability to sleep lying down without extreme pain
- Loss of a range of motion in the spine
Spinal cord injuries often occur in a fall from heights or other workplace accident in a hazardous environment, such as an oil field accident. If a passenger is thrown from a vehicle, or is trapped in a vehicle, during a rollover accident, spinal cord injury and paralysis are two common injury outcomes.
When a workplace injury requires surgery, the injured worker faces a number of challenges that can affect his or her well-being. In addition to the injury itself, which may be necessary because of burns, fractures and broken bones, or severed ligaments, the surgical process may pose problems such as:
- Time out of work for sutures/stitches to heal
- Risk of infection
- Risk of complication
- Risk of drug reaction after surgery
At the Dan Davis Law Firm, we help clients identify all sources of compensation or benefits to which they may be entitled. In addition to helping clients pursue workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability benefits, our experienced legal professionals can determine if a third-party claim may be appropriate. This may be the case in circumstances when a party other than the victim’s employer had responsibility for the injury.
Surgery may be required in all types of serious traumatic injury, from auto accidents, semi truck accidents, to accidents in a hazardous work environment such as an oil field. The following are a few examples of types of surgery needed in accidents:
- Replacing shattered knees, hips, or other joints
- Repairing torn ligaments
- Fusing broken vertebrae
- Implanting a rod to support a broken bone
- Removing foreign objects from soft tissue after an explosion or other industrial accident
In some cases, a doctor may recommend surgery weeks or even months after the initial injury. You may even need a second surgery. People who undergo surgery typically need to take time off from work or may need to rely on others for help around the house — during the time you’re in the hospital for surgery and during the recovery period. Complications from the surgery may develop, leading to further personal losses.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a permanent condition involving damage to the tissues of the brain. TBI is caused by impact between the brain and the inside of the skull cavity. A TBI may occur when the head experiences a severe, direct impact force, such as an injury from a head-on collision, industrial accident, or fall from a roof or other height.
Symptoms of traumatic brain injury are complex and can vary from person to person. Some of the more typical symptoms include:
- Extreme, persistent headaches
- Persistent dizziness and/or nausea
- Personality changes and/or mood swings
- Partial or periodic loss of vision
- Memory loss
Victims of traumatic brain injury often are unable to care for themselves, exhibiting one or more permanent disabilities that make them unable to work, drive, or live independently. It’s a tragedy for them and their families.