Woodland Hills, CA (PressExposure) October 10, 2009 -- Woodland Hills (California), catastrophic injuries affect the lives of thousands of people every year. Personal injury attorneys like Robert A. Brenner have committed their entire legal career to helping those suffering from catastrophic injuries. Brenner talks about some of the challenges catastrophic injury victims face.
"It really is difficult to watch a person suffering from a devastating catastrophic injury endure the physical and emotional pain of their injuries," says Brenner a Los Angeles, California personal injury trial lawyer and the founder of the Web site http://www.Catastrophicinjury.com. "Itâs amazing how quickly oneâs life can change. It only takes a split second and one catastrophic injury to change a personâs ability to move and control oneâs body."
Brenner was prompted to create the Catastrophic Injury Resource Center after observing how many of his clients were substantially uneducated about their medical condition and their legal rights. Brenner, who has been practicing personal injury law since 1975, understands all too well about the complexities that victims face financially, physically, and emotionally.
Catastrophic injury refers to brain, spinal cord, and amputation injuries. Brennerâs Web site estimates that every year there are 12,000 new spinal cord injuries, 135,000 new amputations, and a striking 1.4 million people suffer from brain injuries.
These types of injuries can be severe. Spinal cord injuries are either complete or incomplete. "A complete spinal cord injury," says Brenner "results in the loss of feeling and the inability to control oneâs movement below the injury site. A person with an incomplete spinal cord injury is typically better off, but nerve damage is usually prevalent and movement is restricted. Most people with spinal cord injuries are no longer able to work and have trouble performing functions that healthy people take for granted.â
Brennerâs catastrophic injury practice also provides legal assistance to victims of brain and amputation injuries. Brain injuries, also referred to as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), range in severity from mild to moderate to severe. Long-term symptoms of a severe brain injury include slurred speech, loss of coordination, and seizures. "Amputations," according to Brenner, "can be just as devastatingâthe loss of oneâs limb alters a personâs life and may alter their ability to earn a living."
Many catastrophic injury victims and their families worry about how to pay for medical expenses, and in cases where the injured person was the primary worker, paying household bills becomes a concern. "Most people donât earn enough money," says Brenner, âto support a loved one with this type of injury.âIt may cost thousands of dollars every year to sustain medical treatment. In oneâs lifetime, the cost could exceed a million dollars. "Most people just donât have this kind of money lying around."
Many victims of a catastrophic injury are entitled to compensation. Workersâ compensation benefits are often available to individuals injured in a work-related accident. When a catastrophic injury is the result of someoneâs carelessness, other compensation may be available. "Itâs definitely rewarding," says Brenner, âwhen I can help a person suffering from a catastrophic injury live a better life."