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What is a “personal injury?”

A personal injury is any type of injury that results in harm or death. Even if you have only suffered emotional pain, you may qualify for a personal injury lawsuit.

Do you offer a free consultation?

Yes, we offer a free consultation. Call us today at 763.406.7000.

What types of personal injury cases do you handle?

Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm handles all types of personal injury cases, including premise liability, product defects, burn injuries, traumatic brain injuries, wrongful death, and more.

What is “contingency?”

We bill for personal injury services on a contingency fee basis. That means you will not pay unless we resolve the case and recover money for you.

Do I have a case?

If you are dealing with a personal injury or wrongful death issue, it’s important for us to understand any details that might impact the outcome of a case. Call today to schedule your free initial consultation and case evaluation.

Can’t I just handle a case between myself and my insurance company without hiring a lawyer?

You could, but keep in mind that a personal injury and wrongful death attorney will work for you, while an insurance company agent will work toward the company’s interest – paying the smallest possible settlement.

What is a statute of limitations?

A statute of limitations caps allows only a certain amount of time you are able to sue. Every case type has a different statute of limitations, so contact our office today to discuss your situation.

Define recklessness

Recklessness occurs when an individual blatantly ignores the potential consequences of their actions.

What is premise liability?

When someone fails to keep their property safe for visitors, they can be held accountable for injuries that occur on the premise.

What is a product defect?

A manufacturer can be held liable for injuries that result from use of product that is not safe or does not warn of potential hazards.

When you hear about catastrophic injuries, what kind of activities come to mind that causes them? Cars being hit by semi-trucks. Pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists being hit by cars or trucks. Sports. Gun violence. What about cheerleading? According to a 2012 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the sport of cheerleading was directly responsible for 65 percent of catastrophic injuries to female high school athletes. Serious injuries do not discriminate, and regardless of the cause, catastrophic injuries can devastate lives, deplete bank accounts, and even cause death.

When a catastrophic injury or death occurs due to someone’s negligence, carelessness, or intentional misconduct, you want guidance through the fog of uncertainty. A catastrophic injury lawyer or wrongful death lawyer standing beside you to advise and represent your best interest will help get you through such a traumatic event.

What is a Catastrophic Injury?

A catastrophic injury is often the consequence of an unexpected event that leaves the victim severely or even permanently disabled. Head, neck, back, and spinal cord injuries can result in a lifetime of limitations, disability, and pain. Examples of catastrophic injuries specific to the head, neck, and spinal cord include the following:
Victims of catastrophic injuries must endure physical, emotional, and financial damages impacting the quality of their lives. Chronic pain and suffering, as well as long-term limitations and disabilities, become their new normal.

Some Causes of Catastrophic Injury

Many common catastrophic injuries are related to the spinal cord resulting in partial or complete paralysis. Although other such injuries may include the following as well:

A closer look at two of the causes of catastrophic injury is warranted:

If your child suffered a birth injury following prolonged or difficult labor, the failure of the attending physician to detect an umbilical cord around your child’s neck, the failure to timely perform an emergency C-section, the failure to detect negative fetal vital signs, or any other questions about a birth injury your child experienced, contact a catastrophic injury attorney at Bolt Hoffer Boyd for a free consultation.

Possible causes include the following:

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Rhabdomyolysis can be caused by a car crash. Pathological muscle exertion can cause what is called exertional rhabdomyolysis. This usually is the result of strenuous exercise performed under high temperatures and humidity, such as hot weather sports practices. If you have questions about a catastrophic injury caused in an unusual way, such as overexertion, contact a catastrophic injury attorney at Bolt Hoffer Boyd for a free consultation.

Stuff Happens

This is what people say to justify strange occurrences. It is patently false and goes against the laws of physics. We live in a world of causation. Nothing just happens, especially when people are involved. When it comes to catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths, stuff happens, whether stated outright or implied, often becomes the defense. A catastrophic injury lawyer or wrongful death lawyer ferrets out causation through careful and purposeful searching.

When faced with a medical malpractice claim, attorneys for the hospital or doctor are highly skilled at the stuff happens defense. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury you think may have been caused by the physician, perhaps you have already heard some of these reasons.

Examples of some of the more common ones include the following:

The words are designed to explain away your doubts about the care you received. They often work because they can be legitimate explanations for why something went wrong. The question is not whether there can be unforeseen consequences, recognized risks, or pre-existing conditions. There absolutely can be.

The question your attorney at Bolt Hoffer Boyd will ask — and examine thoroughly — is: “Were they present in your case?”

Medical malpractice claims can — and often do — involve complicated inquiries into medical science, technology, and the current standards of care required of medical personnel. If you have questions about the medical treatment you received that resulted in a catastrophic injury, contact an attorney at Bolt Hoffer Boyd for a free consultation.

Wrongful Death

Losing a family member is a sorrowful experience. Losing that family member because of another person’s negligence or carelessness can be overwhelming. When this happens, the surviving family members may be able to make a wrongful death claim.

Wrongful death is when a person dies because someone else’s act or omission was negligent, purposeful, or wrongful. Such acts include careless driving, an assault and/or battery, a death caused while committing a crime, vehicular manslaughter, manslaughter, or murder.

Instances of wrongful death include the following:

The introduction above mentioned the sport of cheerleading and the incidence of catastrophic injuries to female high school athletes. Normally, you might think a catastrophic injury caused by a cheerleading accident would be from a fall. Cheer involves complicated movements like backflips and being tossed into the air. Performed incorrectly, these maneuvers can result in serious injury or death.

In 2019, a high school cheerleader died while working out with her cheer dance team. But she did not suffer a fall. Instead, she collapsed after running around the track. One of the contributing factors was dehydration.

Was this a case of exertional rhabdomyolysis as discussed above? Did our high school cheerleader die because of the strenuous exercise performed under high temperatures and humidity? It was reported that the cheerleader had requested a drink of water several times but was denied by the coach. Is this negligence or a willful and wrongful act on the part of the coach, and by extension, the school?

If you were the parents of this young woman, would you not want these questions addressed? Your answer is probably yes. Most would, and the best way to get answers to such questions is by having a trusted, experienced, and skilled attorney examining every detail of the event. The attorneys at Bolt Hoffer Boyd believe parents should not have to pay out of pocket for their child to recover from a catastrophic injury caused by the negligent act of another, and they must be compensated if the tragedy results in wrongful death.

Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death Cases

A catastrophic injury leads to a personal injury claim filed by the injured person seeking compensation from the at-fault party. The compensation they may be able to recover is for damages, including the following:

A wrongful death claim is filed by the survivors of the victim against the person believed responsible for the death, and compensation is sought for the following:

For catastrophic injuries, the amount of compensation depends on the severity of the injuries. A catastrophic injury is severe by definition and the compensation could be considerable. If the injured person is facing a disability that will impact the rest of their life, the compensation would need to consider that.

An injured person cannot assume that the “system” or the at-fault party will make things right. As was discussed above regarding medical malpractice, the injured person may be confronted with defenses designed to make them look responsible for their own injuries.

In like manner, for a wrongful death case, the injured party’s family will probably face strong resistance, especially if the at-fault party is a corporation.

The attorneys at Bolt Hoffer Boyd believe anyone suffering from a catastrophic injury caused by the negligence of another person or corporation, or a family suffering from the wrongful death of a loved one deserves to have their claim thoroughly examined and assessed. If you need to speak with an attorney, call today for a free consultation.