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Catastrophic & Deadly Injury

Catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injury, burns, spinal cord damage and more. We are prepared to take on such complex cases.

From car accidents on I-85 or North Tryon Street to a slip and fall at South Park Mall or an Uptown restaurant, a seemingly minor accident can result in a severe personal injury. The physical impact can last for years after the accident. The emotional impact and financial hardship can last a lifetime. That’s why it’s so important to have an attorney on your side who knows how to find the facts and fight for the compensation you deserve. Hull & Chandler, P.A., is ready to put its knowledge, resources and experience to work for you, no matter what types of injuries you sustained in an accident.

Serious and permanent injury accident claims often require the assistance of expert witnesses. We have access to top experts in North Carolina. Depending on the circumstances, we may need to retain an accident reconstructionist to determine how the accident occurred. We may need a life-care planner to help quantify current as well as long-term expenses related to the injury.

Serious injuries can cover a wide range. Some of the most common injuries people sustain in North Carolina accidents include:

Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain injuries typically occur when the head is hit with sudden force or impact. A severe blow to the head can jolt the brain within the skull, shaking it and potentially causing traumatic injuries. Some brain injuries, such as a fractured skull, may be quickly identified. Other injuries, such as brain swelling, bruising, intracranial bleeding or torn blood vessels, may be difficult to diagnose and require MRIs, CT scans and X-rays in order to establish the extent of the damage.

Hull & Chandler, P.A., understands that brain injuries can have a dramatic effect on an injury victim’s quality of life. Even a seemingly minor head injury can require years of rehabilitation and others may never fully recover from their injuries. A brain injury can result in mobility limitations, an inability to walk, impaired vision and paralysis after the accident. Even less severe injuries – such as a concussion – can result in memory loss, dizziness and headaches.

How do head injuries occur? A list of brain injury causes is long and distressing, including the following types of accidents:

  • Car accidents, such as rollover accidents or head-on collisions
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents

Unfortunately, traumatic brain injury victims may never get back the life they had before an accident. A brain injury may require multiple surgeries, years of rehabilitation and physical therapy that result in steep medical bills and an inability to work. If you or a loved one did nothing wrong to cause the accident, you shouldn’t have to pay the bill alone. We’re ready to help. Our attorneys in Charlotte may be able to help obtain the compensation you deserve to cover the long-term costs of your injury.

Burn Injury

People who work in certain professions face a higher likelihood of suffering burn injuries than those in other jobs. Some of the highest risk jobs in Charlotte include firefighters, electricians and line cooks. However, burn injuries are not just limited to a job site. You may be injured while you’re at home because of a defective appliance. A landlord may fail to inspect outdated electrical wiring that catches fire and injures a tenant. You and a loved one may be injured at a restaurant after a waiter or waitress spills a scalding beverage.

At Hull & Chandler, P.A., we’ve seen firsthand how difficult it can be dealing with serious burn injuries. Even when a burn injury doesn’t result in third-degree burns, scarring and disfigurement, a first- or second-degree burn can be very painful. Not only may an injury victim face skyrocketing medical bills and lost wages, but also emotional trauma due to the accident.

Burn injuries do not only occur after being exposed to a fire. Burn injuries may also be caused by electricity, friction, radiation or chemicals. Chemical exposure occurs when a body comes into contact with a strong acid or base. Some common situations resulting in serious burn injuries include:

  • A hotel lacks fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems or fire exits
  • An apartment complex catches fire due to faulty wiring
  • A welding mask fails to work properly, causing arc flash burns to a worker
  • A dangerous cleaning product causes chemical burns

If you’ve suffered a burn, whether from a car accident, truck accident or accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to damages, including but not limited to medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other losses.

Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury (SCI) can change a life in a moment’s notice. In a matter of seconds, a healthy person might suffer a traumatic injury leaving him unable to walk, talk or function normally. In some cases, that person might be permanently paralyzed or unable to use his arms and legs. And in extreme cases, a person might even be left in a coma or vegetative state, unable to communicate with the outside world.

Hull & Chandler, P.A., understands how devastating a spinal cord injury can be for accident victims. Even a minor accident can result in a lifetime of physical, emotional and financial hardship for accident victims and their loved ones. That’s why we work so hard on behalf of spinal cord injury victims. When you’ve done nothing to cause your accident, you shouldn’t have to worry about covering your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses alone.

Spinal cord injuries can happen in a wide variety of accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian or bicycle accidents and slip and fall accidents. Common spinal injury side effects include the following:

  • Loss of movement and sensation in limbs
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Loss of bowel control
  • Pain or stinging sensations in limbs
  • Muscle spasms

Each spinal cord injury is unique. With so many different factors and causes to be examined, we routinely consult experts to conduct a thorough analysis of every case we handle. We know how to gather evidence and obtain medical and police records. We’ll track down and interview witnesses. We can help determine the true cost of your injuries and negotiate favorable settlements with insurance companies to cover the long-term cost of your injuries.

Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one can be nothing short of heartbreaking and devastating to families. But when a loved one suffers a wrongful death due to the reckless actions of a person or company, it’s common to be confused, frustrated or even angry. Knowing what to do is understandably difficult. At Hull & Chandler, P.A., we’re here to help ensure the well-being of your loved ones after you’ve lost a loved one due to negligence.

No amount of money can ever truly compensate for the loss of a spouse, father, mother or child. But after a wrongful death, you may find yourself struggling with deep financial and emotional losses. Perhaps a loved one was killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver or a slip and fall accident while on-the-job. A wrongful death lawsuit allows surviving family members a means to recover financial losses resulting from the death of a loved one.

Our experienced attorneys are ready to provide compassionate, knowledgeable legal guidance necessary to pursue compensation for the loss of a loved one. Depending on the circumstances, we can pursue compensation for a number of different expenses. These include medical expenses and funeral expenses. In addition, our attorneys may be able to seek compensation for the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Loss of benefits
  • Loss of inheritance
  • General damages

In order to file a wrongful death claim, certain requirements must be met by surviving family members. The victims must have been survived by immediate family members such as a child, spouse or parents. Immediate family must be able to prove that they have experienced a monetary loss as a result of their loved one’s death. If you are suffering from the immense loss of a loved one who died due to negligence, we can help you begin to get your life back.