Sudden serious injuries can occur without warning. These injuries can have serious consequences, including loss of hearing or sight, pain, and even permanent disfigurement. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you file a claim and get the necessary compensation.

At Holman Schiavone, LLC, we are committed to helping people who have been injured by the negligence and wrongdoing of others. Our attorneys have experience in a wide range of personal injury claims, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, nursing home negligence, dangerous drugs, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims.

We have experience representing clients and family members in cases in which an accident has caused serious injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord damage, serious back and neck injuries, brain damage, scars and disfigurement, disabling injuries and fatal injuries.

A man in a serious injury after a car accident.

What Is a Serious Injury?

A serious injury is defined as:

  • Life-threatening
  • Requiring medical or surgical intervention
  • Causing permanent impairment to bodily function, or,
  • Causing permanent damage to bodily structure

Types of Serious Injury

A serious injury causes permanent damage, requires medical or surgical intervention, or is life-threatening. What are the types of serious injury you might need to report to file a claim and receive compensation under the law?

An x-ray of an injury to the spine.

Damaged Spinal Cord

Your spinal cord sends messages from your body to your brain. When severe spinal cord injuries occur, those messages cannot be relayed and can permanently impair motor function. A damaged spinal cord is often classified as either complete or incomplete.

Complete spinal cord injuries mean a person has permanent loss of sensation and movement below the injury point. Incomplete spinal cord injuries mean a person may retain some feeling and movement. However, damaged spinal cords often lead to paralysis and costly intervention.

TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury

The Centers for Disease Control defines a TBI as a sudden jolt, bump, or blow to the head interrupting normal brain functions. Traumatic brain injuries range from mild to severe and can interfere with normal cognitive and motor functions. A TBI may also cause altered behavior and impaired sensations.

A severe TBI can require costly intervention, including extensive physical or occupational therapy to facilitate rehabilitation. A TBI can lead to admittance into personal care facilities after you’re injured. A TBI received at work requires filing a report with employers to file your claims.

A doctor holding MRI scans of a brain.


Severe burn injuries often require treatment at burn facilities under the care of a doctor and experienced staff. Appropriate care for burns may require surgeries like skin grafts or plastic surgery. Even under the care of experienced doctors, burn patients can experience emotional and physical exhaustion and severe pain.

Family members may need to travel long distances to visit loved ones in burn facilities, making the patient feel homesick and lonely. Additionally, burn victims are highly susceptible to infections that can cause lasting complications and may even lead to death.

Head and Neck

Injuries to the head and neck can limit your movement and impair your ability to turn your head. An accident that causes injury to this area can result in herniated and ruptured discs that require costly and painful surgeries. They may also require you to wear braces to limit movement to keep you safe.

Common causes of damage to the head and neck include whiplash. Whiplash can cause chronic pain and long-lasting complications.


There are more than 200 bones in the human body, so there is a lot you can break. These breaks can result in compound fractures, where your bones penetrate the skin, or comminuted fractures, where the bone is shattered in more than three pieces. Common causes of broken bones include car accidents.

Some fractures will require multiple surgeries and casts to help your bones heal after your accident. The recovery period after you have sustained a bone fracture can be long and arduous. This is a perfect time to get a free consultation with your attorney to ensure your claims are filed.


Some accidents can lead to amputations. Losing a part of your body due to an accident or having it surgically removed is devastating. This leads to long-term effects on your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Internal Damage

If you have suffered internal damage, you may not notice pain or blood immediately after the incident. Serious injuries that have caused internal damage often need blood tests, a CT scan, or even an MRI to diagnose, which many employers may not want to pay for.

However, delaying diagnosis and treatment can cause lasting complications and even lead to death. Be aware of possible complications and seek appropriate medical care after an accident.

Our Kansas City Catastrophic Injury Attorney Discusses Options

Contacting an experienced catastrophic injury attorney in Kansas City after damages caused by someone else’s negligence can help you to deal with the fallout. This can lower stress levels and ensure you and your family are compensated.

Contact your Kansas City serious injury attorney to get a free consultation. They can help you make informed decisions after serious injuries so that you can pay for medical bills, recover lost wages, and get the compensation that your family deserves.

Diligent and Aggressive Representation

Our attorneys aggressively pursue maximum compensation on behalf of accident victims for past and future medical expenses, necessary rehabilitative care, pain and suffering, loss of life enjoyment, lost wages and other forms of available compensation.

Our attorneys work diligently to adequately convey to insurance adjusters, defense counsel and a jury, if necessary, the full impact an accident has had on our clients and their families. We have access to knowledgeable experts who can help us determine the amount of compensation we should seek on behalf of our clients. We work with accident reconstructionists, medical experts, economists and other qualified experts when appropriate to properly prepare cases for settlement negotiations, mediation and, if necessary, trial.

Contact Our Kansas City Attorneys Today

Serious injuries happen. If you have been seriously injured, don’t let your injury endanger your future. Call us at Holman Schiavone, LLC, at 816-330-2253, and let us help you file your claim and protect your future today.