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Catastrophic Injuries

Personal Injury Lawyers for Catastrophic Injuries

Often we are asked what the definition of a catastrophic injury is.  What injuries are classified as catastrophic?
A catastrophic injury is a life-changing event from a traumatic injury that requires extensive medical treatment and long-term care or an injury that results in permanent disability.

  • TBI or traumatic brain injury -   memory loss, a personality change and/or other permanent brain damage
  • Neck, Back and Spinal Cord Injuries – resulting in paraplegia, quadriplegia or another degree of paralysis or permanent chronic pain
  • Disfigurement or scarring of a major visible body part (such as the face)
  • Loss of a limb
  • PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as related to a traumatic event related to a traumatic event
  • Severe depression from traumatic injury or assault

Catastrophic personal injuries change lives. There is no way to describe the pain that surrounds these cases.  Unfortunately, it is in these most dire of cases that insurance companies are most resistant to paying you the just compensation you deserve.

Michigan Law for Serious Injury or Serious Impairment of Body Function for Automobile Accidents and Traumatic Injury
Under MCL 500.3135(1), a person is subject to tort liability for noneconomic loss caused by his use of a motor vehicle only if the injured person has suffered death, serious impairment of body function or permanent serious disfigurement. A “serious impairment of body function” is “an objectively manifested impairment of an important body function that affects the person’s general ability to lead his or her normal life.” MCL 500.3135(7).

TBI, Traumatic Brain Injuries


Recovery from a traumatic brain injury or catastrophic head injury is often a lifelong day-to-day process, and in some cases full recovery is not possible. The victim, as well as his or her family and friends, often must permanently adjust to a permanent and often debilitating life-change. If you have suffered a brain injury, you need aggressive and experienced counsel to properly demonstrate your injury and obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Call an OurAdvocate traumatic brain injury lawyer today.

Neck, Back and Spinal Cord Injuries


The causes of spinal cord injuries are widely varied in type, and are widely varied in cause—motor vehicle accidents, water sports accidents and construction site accidents are just examples.

The spinal cord is a vital part of our bodies, allowing us to feel and move. If our spinal cords, or the protective vertebrae making up the spinal column, are damaged, our ability to feel and move may be damaged. Complete damage can result in paralysis and death. Do not settle for less than the compensation you deserve. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, contact an OurAdvocate lawyer today.

Permanent Disfigurement

Many lawyers feel that the standard for permanent disfigurement has been lowered in the state of Michigan as held in some recent court results.  For this reason, your lawyer must have the diligence and discipline with strong skills and knowledge of current law.  At OurAdvocate our network is experienced in disfigurement cases and we will explain to you the application of the law to you or your loved one’s circumstances.  Not all disfigurement qualifies as serious injury and you will need a powerful legal advocate on your behalf!

Brain Injuries

Recovery from a traumatic brain injury or catastrophic head injury is often a lifelong day-to-day process, and in some cases full recovery is not possible. The victim, as well as his or her family and friends, often must permanently adjust to a permanent and often debilitating life-change. If you have suffered a brain injury, you need aggressive and experienced counsel to properly demonstrate your injury and obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Call an OurAdvocate traumatic brain injury lawyer today.

Other Serious Personal Injuries

Many types of accidents cause serious and catastrophic personal injuries. Burns, scarring, amputation, and other injuries are but a few. Our legal team understands how to approach these cases. OurAdvocate burn injury lawyers have handled some of the largest and most complex burn cases in the state. We understand the deep personal and societal impact recovery for the victims has in these cases. And we understand that such cases require a special understanding and compassion, so we can help you return to productivity after your catastrophic injury.

You should not wait to seek an advocate for your legal rights and your entitlement of financial compensation!

If you are not justly compensated, who will pay for your long-term care? You? Your family? The tax payers? Do not hesitate. Calling OurAdvocate is not just protecting you – it is making the system better, one case at a time. Our teams are dedicated to getting you the compensation you deserve for your injury, and, in the process, making the insurance companies live up to their personal and societal obligations. OurAdvocate uses a team approach to deal with your catastrophic personal injury.