Catastrophic Injury Lawyer New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia
The Locks Law Firm is a nationally renowned team of personal injury attorneys who are dedicated to defending the rights of the catastrophically injured and ensuring that victims are justly compensated. With a team of 23 experienced, first-chair litigators, our firm has successfully represented thousands of clients in all types of catastrophic personal injury cases.
Whether you have suffered a brain or spinal cord injury, have been burned, or have lost a loved one as the result of another party's reckless, careless, or negligent actions, our trial attorneys can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. With an extensive track record of successful representation, countless favorable verdicts and settlements, and over a century of combined legal experience, we will fight on your behalf. For a free consultation and case review, contact our Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York brain and spinal cord injury lawyers today.
Catastrophic Personal Injuries
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Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is life-altering for the victim and can dramatically affect the lives of the victim's family members. Frequently, brain injury victims are permanently disabled or require years of rehabilitation. A TBI causes disruption to the normal function of the brain and may result in short- or long-term cognitive, psychological, behavioral, or physical impairment or even death.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of brain injuries. Children under four years of age and the elderly are more susceptible to brain injuries as a result of slip-and-fall accidents. Other common causes of brain injuries include construction site accidents, physical assault, shaken-baby syndrome, athletic accidents, and accidents at home, work, or outdoors.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the negligence of another or a defective product you may be entitled to obtain compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost income, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Contact the Locks Law Firm for a skilled brain injury attorney. Our Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey brain and spinal cord injury lawyers are dedicated to providing clients with effective legal representation.
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Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury is a traumatic, frequently life-threatening event in which the conduit between the brain and the body is damaged or destroyed. The spinal cord is the column of nerve tissue, protected by the bones of the spine, which delivers messages between the brain and the rest of the body. When a spinal cord injury occurs, the part of the body controlled by the affected area of the spinal cord may lose its ability to function. Many spinal cord injuries result in permanent disability or paralysis. Paralysis can involve all four extremities (quadriplegia) or only the lower body (paraplegia).
Spinal cord injuries and subsequent paralysis are often caused by sudden, traumatic fractures, dislocation or compression of the vertebrae resulting in crushing or severance of the spinal cord. The closer a spinal cord injury occurs to the head, the more peripheral nerves will be separated from the brain. Consequently, a larger area of the body will be impaired.
Traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries frequently require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. They often result in the severe impairment of bodily function and limitation in the ability to earn a living and even to perform the daily activities. At the Locks Law Firm, we litigate claims throughout the tri-state area and the nation and can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, loss of function, and pain and suffering. Serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, our brain and spinal cord injury lawyers can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Our attorneys will help you through every step of your personal injury or wrongful death claim. We handle the complicated legal matters, allowing you to focus on recovery.
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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year 15,000 people visit hospital emergency rooms as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Though odorless, colorless, and tasteless, carbon monoxide gas can cause serious physical or neurological problems and even death by asphyxiation. While acute exposure to carbon monoxide will often result in death, chronic exposure to lower levels may cause serious brain damage with cognitive and physical deficits.
The hemoglobin in the blood binds to oxygen to transport it to the brain, which utilizes more oxygen than any other organ in the body. However, carbon monoxide binds with hemoglobin at 240 times the rate of oxygen and therefore displaces oxygen from its mode of transportation to the brain. When the brain is not receiving enough oxygen, its cells begin to die and a cascade of reactions is triggered that causes damage in the basal ganglia at the base of the brain as well as in the white matter or axons that transport signals from the cerebral cortex to the rest of the body. Because of inflammation and cell death in the brain, brain damage from carbon monoxide poisoning continues even after the person is no longer exposed to carbon monoxide.
The definitive test for carbon monoxide poisoning is a blood test for carboxy hemoglobin. If you believe you may have been exposed to carbon monoxide, your blood should immediately be tested for carboxy hemoglobin. Because carboxy hemoglobin levels rapidly diminish after the exposure has ceased, a test that is administered hours after exposure has stopped will generally reveal lower levels of carboxy hemoglobin than were present during the exposure. Even though the half life of carboxy hemoglobin is short, the damage to the cells in the brain remains and causes long term deficits.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is caused by breathing the products of incomplete combustion of virtually any substance that is burned. Most commonly it occurs from the incomplete combustion of gas, oil, gasoline, or wood. Improperly functioning heating systems in apartment buildings, offices or homes are common causes of chronic carbon monoxide poisoning resulting in brain damage. Automobile exhaust coming into the house from a garage or the fumes from a barbecue grill that are allowed to come into a living space are other common causes. Surprisingly, many cases of carbon monoxide poisoning occur in connection with boating when an engine is running in a boat that is not moving or when swimmers hang off the back of a boat while the engine is running.
The legal proof of a carbon monoxide case, particularly a chronic carbon monoxide case, is a sophisticated matter. Proving such a case in court requires experienced lawyers who understand the types of engineering, as well as medical experts that are necessary to develop the proof of the cause of the injury and the extent of the brain injury. At the Locks Law Firm in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, we have brain injury lawyers who have significant experience in the proof of these challenging cases which they have litigated in multiple states in the country.
If you have suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning you will likely need an array of medical treatment and may have impaired earnings potential. If the CO poisoning has occurred as a result of another party's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation from negligent landlords, heating repair or installation firms and others who failed to prevent your foreseeable exposure to carbon monoxide. Our attorneys can aggressively represent your claim and help you hold those responsible for your injuries liable for their actions.
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A burn injury is one of the most traumatic personal injuries an individual can experience. Not only is it one of the most painful, but it can also cause huge financial and emotional burdens. Many burn injury victims suffer from scarring; nerve, muscle, tissue, and respiratory damage; amputation; loss of mobility; bacterial infection; and more. Burn injury victims may also suffer from mental disabilities or emotional distress such as flashbacks or recurring nightmares.
Our Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York brain, spinal cord, and burn injury lawyers help victims and their families obtain fair compensation. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a burn injury, contact the Locks Law Firm today.
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Losing a loved one can be one of the hardest things that anyone ever has to deal with. When a loved one dies as a result of someone else's negligent, reckless, or intentional act, his or her family will be faced with numerous life-altering financial and emotional challenges that may seem overwhelming. In such cases, the victim's survivors can file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for their loss.
If someone you love died prematurely due to another party's negligent or reckless actions, the Locks Law Firm can help you obtain just compensation and find the closure you need during this difficult time.
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Contact Our Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
A person who suffers brain damage or a spinal cord injury usually experiences loss of functioning and impairment in the ability to live life as they would have planned. Extensive care and rehabilitation is often necessary. If you have suffered such a catastrophic personal injury, our lawyers are here to help. Our experienced trial attorneys meticulously prepare each claim and are willing and able to go to trial for justice. Contact the Locks Law Firm to schedule a free consultation with our Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York brain and spinal cord injury lawyers. We work on a contingency basis; if we don't obtain a favorable verdict or settlement on your behalf, we accept no legal fees.
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