After a Catastrophic Injury, You Deserve Justice
Contact Attorney Blake Kremer
Any injury that leaves the victim with long-term consequences or is life-altering, can be classified as a catastrophic injury. While most of us think of a catastrophic injury as a spinal cord injury (paraplegia or quadriplegia)—and spinal cords certainly classify as catastrophic—there are other injuries that also fall under catastrophic injuries. Catastrophic injuries, like most injuries, occur quickly and without warning. One moment you are living your life, the next moment it has been turned upside down. Suddenly, everything has changed, and you may have no idea what you should do next. This is the time to contact experienced Tacoma catastrophic injury attorney Blake Kremer.
Attorney Blake Kremer has been helping those with catastrophic injuries for almost three decades. He is a strong advocate for those who need advocacy the very most. When you choose the Law Office of Blake Kremer, you have chosen an attorney who believes every client has the right to be heard and to be treated with compassion and respect. Blake listens carefully to his clients and his solid dedication to social justice carries over into his practice. Blake Kremer always puts the needs of his clients front and center while getting you the money you need and deserve.
Blake Kremer is one of the few injury attorneys that has dedicated himself and his practice to representing those seeking social justice. Blake does this because he has the skills to protect and advocate for those who might otherwise not receive quality representation. This is evidenced by the countless opportunities Blake has taken for free. Blake often takes on pro bono work, including victim advocacy, hospice work, and work for a pediatric HIV/AIDS support organization. Blake counts himself lucky to handle some truly remarkable cases that accurately reflect his commitment to social justice.
What are the Different Types of Catastrophic Injuries?
Catastrophic injuries are those that change your life forever. These are the injuries that don’t take a few weeks or months to resolve. In fact, catastrophic injuries may leave you dealing with the results for years—or for the rest of your life. In many cases, assistive devices are necessary following a catastrophic injury, as well as multiple surgical procedures, and years of rehabilitative therapies. Following are some of the most common types of catastrophic injuries:
- Injuries received during the birth process
- Amputation of one or more limbs
- Spinal cord injury resulting in some level of paralysis
- Loss of hearing
- Vision loss
- Serious facial injuries resulting in disfigurement
- Damage to the nerves
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neurological damage
- Severe internal organ damage
- Crush injury
Spinal cord injuries are perhaps the most commonly seen catastrophic injury. A spinal cord injury can be the result of a sports accident, an automobile accident, a fall from a height, or can be the result of a violent crime. Spinal cord injuries can also be the result of an injury at birth. Those with paraplegia, quadriplegia and tetraplegia can require a lifelong of specialized care—care that can cost more than most people’s insurance will cover.
Traumatic brain injuries can also change a person’s life forever, along with the lives of their loved ones. Traumatic brain injuries, like spinal cord injuries, can be the result of auto accidents—particularly truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle accidents. Those with traumatic brain injuries can face a lifetime of cognitive and emotional issues. Many of those with TBI must re-learn how to do the most basic tasks such as getting dressed, walking, reading, or writing. Those with TBI may also have memory loss and severe emotional issues that can be difficult to cope with.
What are Some of the Most Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries?
Of course, every catastrophic accident is unique in some way, however, there are some causes of catastrophic injuries that are more common. These include:
- Auto accidents (trucking, pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, car)
- Sports accidents, such as diving accidents, trampoline accidents, and horseback riding accidents
- Accidents that happen while on-the-job
- Boating, water skiing, or jet ski accidents
- Injuries from a violent crime such as an attack, stabbing, or shooting
- A fall from a height
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
Blake Kremer, a highly-skilled Tacoma catastrophic injury attorney from the Law Office of Blake Kremer, can help you get the treatment you need for your catastrophic injury. We are compassionate to your situation and believe you deserve only the very strongest advocate—someone who truly believes that you have a right to the best future possible. To make that belief a fact, we will work hard on your behalf to hold the at-fault party responsible.
While many injury law firms do not prepare a case as though they are going to trial—and, in fact, generally avoid stepping inside a courtroom—we prepare every case as though it is going to trial. Attorney Blake Kremer sees litigation as a tool to get justice for his clients since many insurance companies will not make a serious offer until a lawsuit is filed.
How Are Catastrophic Injury Settlements Determined?
Because catastrophic injuries are, by their very definition, devastating and life-changing, the damages you are entitled to receive may be very different from those from less serious injuries. Each case is different, and there are no guarantees that one claim will receive the same damage award as a similar one, however, your Tacoma catastrophic injury attorney has the experience to give you an idea of what your settlement could look like. There are several different factors considered in a catastrophic injury settlement, including the following:
- Your age at the time of the catastrophic injury or injuries
- The earning capacity you would have had if you had not been injured
- Whether other people rely on you for financial and emotional support
- The amount of medical care you need now and will need for the remainder of your life
- Your level of health prior to the accident
- Whether your injuries resulted in disfigurement or scarring
In many cases, the victim of a catastrophic injury may be offered what appears to be a very large sum of money. Unfortunately, this amount may not even come close to paying for your future medical expenses and future lost wages. Once a claim has been settled, you are unable to go back to court and receive more money from the defendant. Attorney Blake Kremer understands the importance of consulting with doctors to determine the level of care you will require for the remainder of your life.
Blake has secured some truly impressive settlements on behalf of his clients, including (to name only a few):
- A $2,000,000 wrongful death settlement for the family of a drowning victim
- A $950,000 settlement for a client who was run over in a crosswalk
- A $775,000 settlement for a client injured in a semi-truck accident
- A $250,000 settlement for a student injured while on a school campus
- A $39,869 settlement for a client attacked by a dog
How Can a Tacoma Catastrophic Injury Attorney from the Law Office of Blake Kremer Help?
Attorney Blake Kremer will accurately determine how much compensation you require to cover your lifelong medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages associated with your catastrophic injury. It is important that you choose your Tacoma catastrophic injury attorney carefully—your future can truly be in his or her hands. Blake Kremer has almost three decades of experience helping those who have suffered catastrophic injuries.
Blake Kremer is a third-generation attorney who gained a passion for helping those less fortunate from his father and grandfather. Attorney Blake Kremer represents those who might otherwise go unrepresented—and therefore see no justice served. While Blake’s law office primarily helps those in the Tacoma area, attorney Blake Kremer can handle cases from Seattle and other areas in Western Washington, the Puget Sound Region, King County, and South Sound, or virtually. Call (253) 830-5844 today to speak with Attorney Blake Kremer, or (253) 368-4382 to speak with Kate, Blake’s paralegal.