In a horrific accident, a woman watched as her husband of 35 years caught on fire when an oxygen tank at a hospital exploded after a spark. On Thanksgiving day last year, Kathy Stark took her husband to the hospital to get foot surgery. However, during his pre-surgery preparation, his blood pressure began rapidly dropping while he was hooked up to an oxygen tank. The situation quickly turned dire and one of the nurses in the room started calling for a crash cart and needed to restart his heart. Suddenly, the oxygen tank Kathy’s husband was hooked up to exploded and caused severe burns all over the man’s body, including burning off his beard. Kathy even says that she saw burns in her husband’s mouth.

It can be especially deadly because when a person is hooked up to oxygen and the oxygen is going down a person’s throat and into their lungs, this is a dangerous recipe because the fire wants to follow where the oxygen goes. So, not only does this cause burns on the outside but it can lead to deadly burns on the inside as well. Unfortunately, Kathy’s husband Bobby did not make it following the severe burns he got and he died from his injuries. This is one instance where burn injuries can be so life-changing that they end up killing them. A catastrophic injury can turn into medical malpractice or wrongful death and Kathy and her family intend to get justice. 

Finding Help From a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident that caused a catastrophic injury such as a traumatic brain injury, an amputation, a burn injury, or paralysis, it is critical that you get help from a legal team during this difficult time. The difference between catastrophic injuries and typical personal injury cases is that a catastrophic injury will prevent a person from ever being able to return to their normal life, such as enjoying their usual hobbies or performing gainful work. 

The team at Darrell Castle & Associates understands just how much damage a catastrophic injury can do. If you want your case to have the best chance of being successful, you should speak with a Memphis, TN catastrophic injury lawyer to see what kind of representation you will need for your case. You have the right to seek justice and compensation for your injuries or for the injuries your loved one has suffered after a catastrophic accident. Your lawyer will work to gather the evidence necessary for your case. Like other personal injury cases, you will need to show that someone else owed you a duty of care, they breached this duty, and that you became injured as a result. In the case of catastrophic injuries, the stakes are much higher and you may be owed a significant amount of compensation. 

To see what else a lawyer can do for you, schedule your consultation as soon as possible.