Catastrophic injuries cause life-altering suffering for victims and their families. If you need help with a spinal cord injury in a car accident or case involving a closed head injury or trauma to the brain, contact our knowledgeable catastrophic injury lawyers at the St. Louis law firm of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard.

Our team of attorneys has won settlements for victims of catastrophic injuries for over 30 years. We present specific proof of long-term problems with speech, memory, behavior, motor coordination, cognitive deficits, or other essential functions that brain injury victims suffer. We use both forensic evidence and the testimony of the victim and his or her family to show what the brain injury in this particular case has cost in human terms.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries result from damage to the nervous system:

Hypoxic & Anoxic Brain Injury

A hypoxic brain injury is caused by a decrease in the supply of oxygen going to the brain. An anoxic brain injury happens when there is no oxygen going to the brain. Hypoxic and anoxic brain injuries occur under a variety of circumstances, including auto accidents, medical negligence, birth trauma, defective respirator equipment and explosions.

Traumatic Brain Injury

The effects of a brain injury can be sudden and dramatic, or they can be subtle and appear only with the passing of time. Cognitive difficulties, memory loss, changes in personality, and loss of reasoning ability and judgment are very common. Brain injury victims can suffer severe emotional effects as well. We’ll work closely with appropriate medical experts, including brain injury specialists and neuropsychologists, to document the extent of the injury and its effects.

Spinal Cord Injury

Severe truck or auto accidents, falls from heights, or an undiagnosed infection at a hospital can all result in paralysis due to spinal cord damage. Our attorneys investigate the causes of your injury to help you earn compensation. We’ll also monitor your physical condition and medical prognosis in order to ensure your access to the treatment and rehabilitation services you need for the greatest physical recovery possible.


Approximately six million people live with paralysis. Our attorneys can help the victims of paralysis cope with emotional damages and newly presented logistical challenges. We work with other professionals to help us recover the compensation that our clients deserve. Life care planners lend professional expertise to identify all of the lifelong needs of the client as we prepare to present a claim for compensation for someone who has suffered partial or total paralysis.

Closed Head Injury

To casual observers, a car accident victim with a mild head injury might appear to be fine after a period of time. After all, there are no noticeable scars, bruises or lacerations. Nonetheless, the victim might complain of dizziness and display disorientation, suffer from short-term memory loss, depression or personality changes. All of these can be signs of a closed head brain injury caused by what appears to be minor trauma.

What Causes A Catastrophic Injury?

We represent victims who suffered life-altering brain damage from the following types of injuries.

  • Medical malpractice
  • Car and truck injuries
  • Motorcycle accident negligence
  • Fires and explosions
  • Medical errors, including improper administration of medications and anesthesia
  • Birth Injuries
  • Defective Respirators or breathing equipment

Damages For A Catastrophic Injury

Serious brain injuries can lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and costs associated with daily life changes.  We have certified life care planners that we bring on board to help determine the cost of putting your life back together.  Our team will work to help you earn compensation for the following expenses.

  • Past and Future Medical bills
  • Purchasing a motorized wheelchair
  • Care and home adaptations, such as widened doorways, wheel chair ramps going in and out of the house, lowered countertops, grab bars in bathrooms
  • Wheelchair adaptable car van
  • In-home care
  • Emotional damages
  • Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation and therapy


Our team has won millions of dollars in settlements for victims of serious brain injuries. Learn more about the compensation we’ve earned for our clients.

  • Boxdorfer v. Lason – 4 million dollar settlement
    • The police report blamed our client when he collided with a commercial truck. However, the report indicated a St. Louis City metro bus was also involved and we were able to track down witnesses who were on the bus and turned the case in our client’s favor.  The trucking company paid 4 million dollars to our paralyzed client.
  • Callahan v. Cardinal Glennon Hospital – 16 million dollar Jury Award
    • Our client was a young man who contracted polio after being given the vaccine. He was paralyzed for life and we took the case to trial and obtained the highest verdict ever upheld by the Missouri Supreme Court in a medical negligence action.  This case is still cited by courts for the law we made.

What Our Clients Say

I was referred to Mr. Fernandez by a family member who is an attorney, for assistance with my elderly mother’s claim for injuries resulting from an accident involving an 18-wheeler. He was direct, honest, and very kind as he spoke with my mother, helping her to understand what his work would entail. An obviously talented negotiator, he presented appropriate research to support the claim for my mother’s injuries and it settled with an offer that brought the case to a quick resolution. I would highly recommend Mr. Fernandez and his colleagues Jessie Eiler, J.D., Associate and Kim Zimmermann, Paralegal, all who worked as a team to bring the case to a conclusion. Well done!

Contact Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez, & Leonard

Although nothing will compensate for the physical and emotional damage caused by a catastrophic brain injury, we’re ready to listen to your story and help you receive the compensation you’re entitled to. To set up a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call 314-433-9131 or fill out to form below.

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