St. Louis Catastrophic Injury Attorneys

Proving Damages in Missouri Catastrophic Injury Cases

Proof of damages in cases involving injury to the brain can be more difficult than you might think. Not all brain and spine injuries are disabling; not all brain injuries are even diagnosed. If you need help with the proof of damages in a car accident or medical malpractice case involving a closed head injury or trauma to the brain, contact a knowledgeable catastrophic injury attorney at the St. Louis law firm of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard.

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In our firm’s 30 years of operation, we have developed a strong reputation for client service in brain injury cases. This reflects our experience and careful attention to the specific proof of particular long-term problems suffered by traumatic brain injury victims. We relate highly detailed proof of physical damage to distinct neurological systems to the patient’s practical problems with speech, memory, behavior, motor coordination, or other essential functions.

Our lawyers then use both forensic evidence and the testimony of the victim and his or her family to show what the brain injury in this particular case has cost in human terms. We work with experienced life care planner and distinguished econ to make sure no aspect of your future needs or damages is overlooked. We also demonstrate the financial cost of diminished career prospects, in-home assistance, or adaptive technology, depending on the facts of the case.

So-called Tort Reform in Missouri resulted from one of our brain injury cases

Several years ago we represented the severely injured victim of a physician’s failure to diagnose a serious brain infection. The multi-million dollar award we won was high enough to mobilize political forces on behalf of medical malpractice insurers, who eventually convinced the Missouri Legislature to limit noneconomic losses in negligence cases against doctors and hospitals. Despite this unfavorable development in state law, our strategies and methods for proving damages in mild, moderate or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases are still effective for both proving liability against the defendant and making sure that the full cost of living with the injury is reflected in your damages demand.

Severe truck or auto accidents, falls from heights, or an undiagnosed infection at a hospital can all result in paralysis due to spinal cord damage. If you need legal advice about your options for recovering damages from the person or institution responsible for a serious injury to the neck or back, contact an experienced trial attorney at Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard in St. Louis.

Experience. Integrity. Results. Call 314-433-9131 or toll free 866-285-4611

The first step, of course, is to prove liability against the defendant – in other words, to prove that you have the right to collect compensation from the person whose negligence or indifference to your safety caused your spine injury. As experienced personal injury attorneys, we are thoroughly familiar with the full range of accident investigation techniques. We know what facts are necessary to prove negligence in motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice cases and other situations, and we know how to present those facts to their greatest persuasive effect both in settlement negotiations and in court.

Proof of damages through experts in spinal cord injury cases

Even while we are working up the liability side of your case, we monitor your physical condition and medical prognosis in order to ensure your access to the treatment and rehabilitation services you need for the greatest physical recovery possible. In cases where paraplegia or quadriplegia appear likely, we engage experienced life care planning experts to work with you and identify the full range of your present and future needs for adaptive technology, in-home assistance, pain management, counseling, and physical therapy to preserve your remaining physical health and capacity for independent living as much as possible.

In a case such as a truck accident or car wreck, there is usually little question that the spinal cord injury was the direct result of the collision. Once liability is established against the defendant, any remaining issues tend to involve the correct amount of future medical and rehabilitation expenses. In medical malpractice cases, however, the issue of causation is often in sharp dispute. The defendant physician or hospital might argue that a spinal injury resulted from preexisting conditions or infections that the health care provider could not reasonably have detected or prevented, given the patient’s other symptoms.

Skilled trial representation for disabled clients since 1976

With 30 years of success on behalf of seriously injured clients and their families, the trial lawyers of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard have demonstrated the ability to meet and overcome defenses to liability and damages in case after case, no matter how complex. We can commit whatever legal or forensic resources are necessary to establish your case within the limits of the facts and the law. To learn more about our ability to represent your interests in a spinal cord injury case, contact one of our AV-rated* attorneys in St. Louis for a free consultation.

For a free consultation about your situation and our experience with brain injury cases of all kinds, contact an AV-rated* trial attorney at Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard in St. Louis.

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