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Bellevue Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

Helping Victims of Life-Altering Personal Injuries

Catastrophic injuries are those that result in life-altering consequences. They are generally permanent and can affect the victim’s ability to work and earn a living. Catastrophic injuries may require extensive medical treatment and long-term care. Victims may never fully recover and may need to adjust to a new way of life.

At Cullan & Cullan, our Bellevue catastrophic injury attorneys are committed to protecting the rights and best interests of our clients inside and outside the courtroom. We understand the immense challenges you are facing and can guide you through the legal process, fighting for the maximum compensation you need to make the best recovery possible.

Call our firm at (402) 882-7080 or contact us online today to request a free, confidential consultation with one of our lawyers.

What is a Catastrophic Injury?

Catastrophic injuries are generally defined as those that have a significant, long-term impact on the victim’s life. Injuries that are likely to result in permanent damage or that will require a lifetime of medical treatment and care are usually considered catastrophic. These injuries are often the result of serious accidents, such as car crashes or falls.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

There are many different types of catastrophic injuries, all of which can have a profound impact on the victim’s life. Catastrophic injuries can affect nearly any part of the body, including the brain, spinal cord, limbs, internal organs, and more. They can result in a variety of physical and cognitive impairments, as well as extensive medical treatment, long-term care, and other serious issues.

Some of the most common types of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): TBIs occur when an external force injures the brain. This can happen due to a blow to the head, violent shaking, or penetration of the skull by an object. TBIs can result in a range of symptoms from mild concussions to severe brain damage, affecting cognitive function, motor skills, sensation, and emotional regulation.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs): SCIs involve damage to the spinal cord, often caused by trauma such as car accidents, falls, or violence. These injuries can lead to partial or complete loss of motor function and sensation below the site of injury. The severity of impairment depends on the location and extent of the damage to the spinal cord.
  • Amputations: Amputations involve the surgical removal or traumatic loss of a limb or extremity. This can result from accidents, severe burns, crush injuries, or medical conditions such as vascular disease or cancer. Amputations significantly impact mobility and independence and may require prosthetic limbs and extensive rehabilitation.
  • Burn Injuries: Burn injuries occur when skin or other tissues are damaged by heat, chemicals, electricity, or radiation. Severe burns can cause extensive tissue damage, scarring, and complications such as infection, shock, and respiratory problems. They may require skin grafts, reconstructive surgery, and long-term medical care.
  • Crush Injuries: Crush injuries happen when a body part is trapped or compressed between two objects with significant force, causing tissue damage, fractures, and sometimes internal organ injuries. These injuries can lead to complications such as compartment syndrome, nerve damage, and systemic shock.
  • Internal Organ Damage: Internal organ damage can result from various traumatic events such as blunt force trauma, penetrating injuries, or rapid deceleration forces (e.g., in car accidents). Damage to organs like the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, or spleen can be life-threatening and may require emergency surgery to repair or remove the affected organs.
  • Paralysis: Paralysis involves the loss of muscle function in part or all of the body, often due to spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, or neurological conditions such as stroke or multiple sclerosis. Paralysis can be partial (paraplegia or quadriplegia) or complete, resulting in loss of sensation and voluntary movement below the level of injury.

What Causes Catastrophic Injuries?

Catastrophic injuries can result from nearly any type of accident. While some accidents are the result of no one’s negligence, many are caused by the careless, reckless, or wrongful actions of others. When this is the case, the victim can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party.

Some of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Defective products
  • Premises liability incidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Explosions
  • Electrocutions
  • Violent crimes

At Cullan & Cullan, we handle all types of catastrophic injury cases. Our Bellevue catastrophic injury lawyers are prepared to help you and your loved ones fight for justice and the fair recovery you are owed.

How Cullan & Cullan Can Help You

At Cullan & Cullan, we are committed to helping victims of catastrophic injuries recover the maximum compensation they are owed. Our Bellevue catastrophic injury lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and options, as well as what to expect from the legal process. We can guide you every step of the way and, when necessary, aggressively advocate for you in court.

Our team of Bellevue catastrophic injury attorneys can help you with all aspects of your case, including:

  • Thoroughly investigating the accident and gathering evidence
  • Working with experts to determine liability and the full extent of your damages
  • Filing all necessary paperwork and ensuring all deadlines are met
  • Calculating the full value of your damages, including future losses
  • Negotiating with the insurance company for a fair settlement
  • Preparing your case for trial, if a fair settlement cannot be reached
  • Providing compassionate support and personalized legal guidance

Our catastrophic injury attorneys in Bellevue are committed to fighting for you and your future. We have successfully helped countless victims of catastrophic injuries obtain the justice and financial recovery they deserved.

Call (402) 882-7080 or contact us online today to request an appointment.

Record SettingVerdicts

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  • $26.1 Million

    Medical Malpractice

    Cullan & Cullan has set a state record in Nebraska with a $26.1 million medical malpractice jury award.

  • $19 Million

    Truck Accident

    Negligent truck driver made a right-hand turn into plaintiff’s vehicle, causing fractured vertebra and partial paralysis. Defendant alleged plaintiff was trying to pass him on the shoulder. The insurance company offered zero before trial.

  • $17 Million

    Birth Injury

    Negligence by nurses and hospital staff in failing to assess the position of the baby, improper use of Pitocin, and failing to obtain an assessment by physician, resulting in severe oxygen deprivation and brain injury to the baby.



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