Life-Altering Injuries

Unless an injury results in a minor scrape or bruise, most injuries are by default life-altering, especially if the injuries result in the requirement for medical attention to the victim. Individuals who experience life-altering injuries may have to miss multiple days of work to attend doctors appointments and recover from the sustain injuries. These injuries may also affect the ability to enjoy leisurely activities during the recuperation process. If you are the victim of a life-altering injury, contact a personal injury lawyer in Gainesville, FL, with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. We passionately represent the interests of our injured clients throughout the State of Florida and defend their rights to compensation and justice for life-altering injuries.

What Is A Life-Altering Injury?

While there is not a formal definition that outlines the specific meaning and parameters of life-altering injury, oftentimes these types of injuries permanently impact a victim’s personal life and ability to perform work and either continue with a current job or acquire new employment. Life-altering injuries are catastrophic and may impact a victim for the rest of his or her life, sometimes leading to the need for considerable medical attention and life-long medical care. If you or a loved one have suffered one of these common types of injuries or any type of injury, contact our personal injury lawyers.

Injuries that are classified as life altering may include the following, among a number of other types of injuries.

  • Lost Limb(s)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Partial & Total Paralysis
  • Permanent Disfigurement
  • Permanent Scarring
    • Severe Burns
    • Chronic Pain
    • Lung & Respiratory Injuries
    • Psychological Trauma

What Are The Effects Of A Life-Altering Injury?

In addition to the emotional and psychological effects of life-altering injuries, catastrophic injuries also result in significant financial impacts to the victim. Time away from work and accumulating medical expenses typically are the first issues many people think of when considering the effects of life-altering injuries. But there is also the issues of the loss of employment and time requirements for care of the injured individual by the spouse or family member.

There are a number of additional considerations, such as wheelchair transportation and home modifications to accommodate the injured individual as well as at-home medical care and recurring physical therapy sessions. However, the most substantial cost to the victim is often the loss of time spent with family, the lack of enjoyment with hobbies and daily leisurely activities, as well as the inability for the victim to succeed in his or her career and to provide for their family.

The Gainesville accident attorneys with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., understand the catastrophic costs incurred from your injury and we are committed to helping you obtain the justice and the compensation that you deserve. We have extensive experience in representing the interests of those affected by a life-altering injury.

Common Types Of Life-Altering Injuries

Although frustrating, many accidents simply result in minor inconveniences to the victim — a hurt leg or road rash soon heals and life goes on. Other injuries, however, surpass minor inconveniences and occur in a wide range of severity. If you or a loved one have suffered through one or more of the following common types of life-altering injuries, contact our Gainesville accident attorneys for prompt and experienced legal counsel.


Amputation of one or more limbs often occurs as the result of catastrophic automobile accidents, trucking accidents, and t-bone accidents. When a large commercial truck strikes a regular motor vehicle, the varied force of impact may harm the extremities of the driver. In some situations, the driver of the car that was struck may become trapped within the vehicle. In order to safely remove the individual from the vehicle, a limb or multiple limbs must be amputated, resulting in a severe amount of physical pain as well as lasting emotional pain and a life-time of difficulty due to the loss of the limb.

Partial & Total Paralysis

Both full paralysis and partial paralysis are two types of life-altering injuries which can occur from slip and fall accidents and interstate accidents, in addition to a number of additional types of accidents, which results in limited ability of the victim to perform daily tasks, gain and sustain adequate employment, and enjoy leisurely activities. Paralysis interrupts natural impulses from the brain and requires extensive medical attention, such as rehabilitative care as well as ongoing personal care. If you have been diagnosed with paralysis as a result of an accident, contact a Gainesville personal injury attorney today to discuss your case.

Broken Bones

Broken and/or fractured bones can occur in a wide range of situations, but they often occur as a result of a workplace accident, typically as a result of negligence on part of the employer. The most common types of broken bones range from minor stress fractures to serious and life-threatening compound fractures and occur in the arms and legs, but bones within the torso and appendages may also be affected. The long-term effects of broken bones or fractures can be life-changing and lead to lifelong health issues, including chronic pain, joint pain, infections, and arthritis, among other health problems.

Spinal Cord Injuries

The nervous system, muscles, and bones within the spinal cord can sustain damage during a rear-end collision or a driver error accident, from which the consequences may be devastating and include either partial or complete paralysis to the victim. The effects of spinal cord injuries vary from person to person, but typically include severe pain, long-term rehabilitation, extensive medical care, and invasive surgical treatments. In some cases, victims of spinal cord injuries fail to fully recover proper range of movement and a pain-free condition.

Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a brain dysfunction caused by an external force to the head. TBI is usually caused by a violent blow as well as sudden and/or severe movement of the head, which causes the brain to strike the side of the skull, such as from a scooter accident. This type of severe brain injury can result in a number of life-long problems to the victim, such as substantial changes in personality or even wrongful death. Individuals who suffer TBI may lose cognitive function abilities as well as development motor skills, resulting in the need for long-term medical care.

Scarring & Disfigurement

Scarring and disfigurement can result from a number of accidents, including motorcycle accidents, defective products, and other types of accidents involving motor vehicles. Types of disfigurement, such as malformed parts of the body, loss of limbs, or scarring, can cause permanent disability. In addition to visible scarring and other types of disfigurement on the body, scars may also develop internally between joints, causing long-term irritation and severe pain. Injuries that result in disfigurement which alters the shape and function of the body part can also cause permanent disability, resulting in the need for custom transportation, specific living accommodations, and custom-made medical appliances.

Burn Injuries

Bodily burns and other forms of disfigurement are not only painful, but they can have lasting physical, emotional, and psychological effects to the victim. Catastrophic burn injuries are extremely severe, require extensive surgery, result in significant scarring, and typically result in the loss of sensation to the affected area of the body. The personal injury attorneys with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., can assist you in recovering damages for burn injuries which cause physical and emotional trauma; chronic and severe pain; scarring and disfigurement; organ damage and tissue damage; and issues of affected body chemistry, such as burns that affect the natural ability to properly regulate body temperature and replenish vital bodily fluids.

What To Do After A Catastrophic Accident

The initial priority following a major accident is to promptly seek medical attention for the individuals who were affected by the accident. After addressing the requirement for immediate medical care, the next priority is to contact a personal injury lawyer in Gainesville, FL. Often times, the responsible party or the responsible party’s insurance company has a team of well-paid lawyers who will scour your case looking for any loophole. An experienced plaintiff attorney will understand these tactics and stand ready to counter them. Don’t be left with the devastating financial effects of a life-altering injury. The pain and impacts on your daily life are difficult enough. If you were injured due to another person or entity’s negligence, you should pursue a claim to ensure you and your family are able to handle all of the expenses from the catastrophic accident.

If you or a loved one suffered a life-altering injury, our Gainesville-based attorneys can help you obtain compensation for all short-term and long-term medical expenses; lost wages and future earnings potential; property damage; pain and suffering; and loss of consortium, or damages suffered by a spouse or family member; among other damages which result from a catastrophic injury. Discuss your case today with an experienced Gainesville injury attorney with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A.

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