Catastrophic Injury, Catastrophic Impact

“I have been there so many times before and NOW I will be there for YOU and your family.”
- Tim Misny - The man that “Makes Them Pay!®”

“Please understand that the slogan, I’ll Make Them Pay!® is not a guarantee of payment. Both liability and real damages must be proven with preponderance of the evidence.” – Tim Misny

Catastrophic Injury, Catastrophic Impact

Catastrophic Injury Attorney Cleveland – Tim Misny

A catastrophic injury can come out of nowhere, at no fault of your own, and permanently and irrevocably change your life. Even the most careful and responsible person cannot predict when tragedy will strike and leave them with lasting disabilities that forever alters their future.

There are many injuries that can cause harm to an individual. There are repetitive stress injuries, birth injuries, injuries to the back or arm, just to name a few. However, catastrophic injuries are a specific subset of injury that has far-reaching and long-lasting consequences on a life. Some of the most common catastrophic personal injuries I have handled in the more than forty years I have been a personal injury lawyer in Cleveland, Ohio include:

  • Spinal cord injuries

  • Dog bite injuries

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

  • Burn injuries

  • Crush injuries

  • Amputation or loss of limb

  • Loss of vision or other senses

While these injuries are unique in their presentation, they all have one thing in common; They are devastating and require far more than a bandage and an aspirin to get you on your feet.

A catastrophic injury is not just a severe wound to your body; it changes you as a person. You change both physically and mentally, as the lasting effects of the injury can linger for a lifetime. Not only are you being deprived of your health, you are also being robbed of your livelihood. Unsurprisingly, a catastrophic injury can negatively impact your mental health, too.

If the pain and suffering from the injury were not enough, you will likely face a growing pile of medical bills due to extensive medical care. Many of these injuries require ongoing treatment. You may find yourself in and out of the hospital for surgeries and treatment. Regular trips to the doctor are now part of your day to day life. You may even find yourself in therapy to help you cope with the mental health aspects of your injuries and treatment. You’re prescribed medications to help with pain, possible infections and to provide chance of better healing. These medications and therapies are far from cheap.

If you suffered a catastrophic injury, then there are no words to describe your grief and suffering. A husband who was once a happy and strong man, is now under the care of a full-time nurse and cries himself to sleep at night. The daughter who was blossoming into a young woman is now in a vegetative state, prone to confusion and angry outbursts and must stay in a 24-hour nursing home for her own safety.

A catastrophic injury is not something that you can “just get over”. No, you will have to rearrange your entire life. The mortgage company doesn’t care that you’re unable to work. Your two-story home is no longer accessible with your disability. Your loved one can no longer care for herself/himself, so you have to quit your job to take care of her/him. I will help your through the claims process and I’ll ensure you receive fair compensation. Remember, there are no legal fees for your personal injury case unless you are rewarded damages for your injuries! Call me today for a free consultation.

Causes Of Spinal Cord Injuries

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Spinal cord injuries can occur when a person is involved in a car, motorcycle, or other motor vehicle accidents. This may lead to severe trauma and potential damage to the spinal cord. Occupations such as professional drivers, truck drivers or taxi drivers, may be at higher risk due to increased exposure to road accidents. Cleveland personal injury attorneys must have experience and the financial resources to win your case… I have both!


Falls from heights or slips and trips can result in spinal cord injuries, especially when the impact is significant or the landing surface is hazardous. Construction workers, roofers, and maintenance personnel who work at heights have a greater risk of falling and sustaining such injuries.

Sports and Recreational Activities

High-impact sports or recreational activities like football, rugby, diving, or extreme sports can lead to spinal cord injuries, particularly when collisions or falls occur during play. Athletes and sports enthusiasts, including those playing in organized leagues and participating in contact sports may face an elevated risk. If proper precautions were not taken when you suffered your injury, you seek compensation via a personal injury claim.

Acts of Violence

Assaults, gunshots, or other violent acts that cause direct trauma to the spinal cord can result in serious injuries. Law enforcement officers or security personnel who encounter potentially dangerous situations may be exposed to a higher chance of experiencing violence-related spinal cord injuries.

Medical Conditions

Certain medical conditions such as tumors, infections, or degenerative diseases can lead to spinal cord injuries by compressing or damaging the spinal cord. Be aware, surgeons and medical professionals may be at fault if you suffer further injuries while in their care as a result of medical malpractice.

As a Cleveland catastrophic injury lawyer, I have made it my mission to help people in our community who have suffered any of these tragedies. With my experience in personal injury law, I’ll get you the help you need, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Dogs Most Likely To Bite

The likelihood of a dog breed biting a human can vary based on individual temperament, training, and socialization. However, certain breeds may be more commonly associated with aggressive behaviors historically. It’s important to note that responsible dog ownership and proper training can significantly influence a dog’s behavior. Listed below are five dog breeds that have been reported with higher bite incident rates:

Pit Bull Terrier

The Pit Bull Terrier, known for its strength and protective instincts, can be more prone to aggressive behavior when improperly trained or socialized.


Rottweilers are powerful and loyal dogs, but without proper training and socialization, they may exhibit aggressive tendencies.

German Shepherd

As intelligent and versatile working dogs, German Shepherds can become aggressive if not properly trained or if they feel threatened.


Despite their small size, Chihuahuas are known for their protective nature and may resort to biting when they feel threatened or stressed. Bites breaking the skin can lead to serious infections, and catastrophic injury cases.

Siberian Husky

While typically friendly and gentle, Siberian Huskies can display aggression due to their independent nature and high prey drive, particularly if not given sufficient exercise and mental stimulation.

Dogs are amazing loving animals, and fantastic family pets, but they can also be very protective. When dogs are improperly trained or have been abused, they can react to situations by biting. Bites may cause serious injury, particularly with larger breeds. If you or someone you know has been bitten, I will be your personal injury attorney and help you recover fair compensation.

Causes Of Traumatic Brain Injuries

  1. Falls: Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can occur when a person experiences a significant blow or jolt to the head, leading to brain damage. Occupations that involve working at heights or in unstable environments, such as construction workers or window cleaners, may be at higher risk of falling and sustaining TBIs.

  2. Motor Vehicle Accidents: TBIs can result from high-impact collisions in car, motorcycle, or other motor vehicle accidents, causing the brain to literally collide with the skull. Professionals who spend a significant amount of time on the road, such as truck drivers or delivery drivers, face an increased risk of being involved in such accidents.

  3. Sports and Recreational Activities: High-contact sports like football, boxing, or hockey, as well as activities with fall risks, such as horseback riding or skateboarding, can result in a head injury, leading to a TBI. Athletes and enthusiasts participating in contact sports or adventurous activities may be more susceptible. Safety protocols should be in place to prevent a serious accident from occurring, but often times proper precautions are not in place.

  4. Assaults: Physical assaults, fights, or violent acts that involve blows to the head can result in TBIs. Individuals working in law enforcement or security roles, where they may be involved in potential violence, are at a higher risk of experiencing such injuries.

  5. Explosions or Blasts: Explosive forces can cause TBIs through the rapid acceleration and deceleration of the brain within the skull. Workers in hazardous environments may be exposed to situations where explosions or blasts can occur, putting them at risk of TBIs.

Sources Of Burn Injuries

  1. Fire Accidents: Burn injuries can occur as a result of fire accidents, whether due to household mishaps, industrial fires, or wildfires. Firefighters, industrial workers, or individuals working in kitchens are more at risk of burn injuries due to their proximity to potential fire hazards.

  2. Scalds: Scalding can occur when hot liquid or steam come into contact with the skin, leading to burn injuries. Food service workers, such as chefs, cooks, or restaurant staff, may face a higher risk of scalding due of their exposure to boiling liquid and hot steam.

  3. Chemical Exposure: Certain chemicals, when they come in contact with the skin, can cause severe burns. Laboratory workers, manufacturing plant employees, or chemical handling industries are at increased risk of experiencing burn injuries from accidental spills, or improper handling of hazardous substances.

  4. Electrical Accidents: Burn injuries can occur when a person comes into contact with electrical currents, leading to electrical burns. Electricians, electrical engineers, or workers involved in the maintenance of electrical systems have a higher likelihood of sustaining these injuries.

  5. Sunburn: Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can cause severe sunburns, especially at risk are outdoor workers; construction workers, lifeguards, or agricultural laborers who spend significant time under the sun without adequate skin protection.

It is possible that you sustained a burn injury because of someone else’s negligence. If that’s the case, call me today, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Most Likely Situations To Suffer A Crush Injury

  1. Workplace Accidents: Crush injuries can occur in various workplaces, such as construction sites or manufacturing plants, where heavy machinery or equipment may accidentally trap a person. Workers operating or working near heavy machinery like forklifts, cranes, or bulldozers are at higher risk of crush injuries.

  2. Traffic Accidents: Traffic accidents, especially when vehicles collide or rollover, can lead to individuals being trapped within the wreckage. Occupations involving frequent driving, such as Uber drivers, bus drivers, or taxi drivers, may face an increased risk of being involved in such accidents.

  3. Structural Collapses: In situations where buildings or structures collapse, people nearby may be caught under the debris, leading to crush injuries. Construction workers, architects, or emergency responders working in disaster zones may be more susceptible to such incidents.

  4. Heavy Object Mishaps: Accidents involving heavy objects, like falling machinery or building materials, can result in crush injuries to individuals in the vicinity. Warehouse workers, dockworkers, or individuals involved in loading and unloading tasks may be at risk of encountering these mishaps.

  5. Recreational Accidents: Crush injuries can also happen during recreational activities, such as in amusement parks or during sporting events, where people may get trapped or pinned beneath equipment or structures.

Crush injuries are devastating, and may change your life forever. Personal injury claims to help with future medical bills should to be filed. Call me today, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Reasons For Amputation

  1. Industrial Accidents: Accidents can occur in industrial settings, especially in factories and manufacturing plants where heavy machinery and equipment are used. Workers operating or maintaining machines like saws, presses, or conveyors are at risk of amputation if proper safety precautions are not followed.

  2. Agricultural Accidents: Farming and agricultural work can also lead to amputations, particularly when workers operate machinery such as tractors or combine harvesters. Inadequate training or failure to implement safety features on agricultural equipment can increase the likelihood of such injuries.

  3. Construction Site Mishaps: Amputations can occur at construction sites due to accidents involving power tools, heavy machinery, or falling objects. Construction workers handling equipment like drills, nail guns, or cranes face a higher risk of amputations if safety guidelines are not adhered to.

  4. Traffic Collisions: Serious traffic accidents can result in amputations, especially when vehicles collide at high speeds, causing severe injuries to the limbs. Occupations that involve frequent driving, such as truck drivers, delivery personnel, or couriers, are exposed to an increased risk.

How You May Lose Senses

  1. Traumatic Injuries: People can lose one of their senses due to traumatic injuries, such as head trauma or accidents involving the sensory organs. For instance, a severe blow to the head in a car accident can result in vision loss or damage to hearing or sensations.

  2. Occupational Hazards: Certain occupations expose individuals to conditions that may lead to sensory loss over time. Workers exposed to loud noises without proper hearing protection, such as construction workers or musicians, may suffer from noise-induced hearing loss.

I’m Your Best Advocate

After a catastrophic injury, you need an ally and an advocate. Someone who not only understands your suffering, but also understands the law pertaining to the injury sustained. If you or somebody you care about has suffered from a catastrophic injury due to somebody else’s carelessness or negligence, you need to call me right away to schedule a free initial consultation. I will do everything I can to get the financial compensation you deserve for your injury and pain, and I will work to change any policies that were in place that allowed you or your loved one to get hurt in the first place.

If you are experiencing a fallout from a catastrophic injury, the last thing you need is for your lawyer to be another source of stress. That is why I will go out of my way to accommodate you and keep you as stress-free and comfortable as possible throughout this entire legal process. The first thing I will do is give you my personal cell phone number so that you can reach me any hour of the day or night. If you call or text, I will answer. I will also make sure you do not have to go out of your way to meet me. Instead, I will come to you. I have met clients at doctor’s appointments, hospitals, and even in their own home.

As your lawyer, I will work on a contingency basis, which means that my fee is taken from your rewarded damages. If I don’t win for you, I don’t get paid! I will take on whomever has wronged you without hesitation; I take on Big Cases with Big Results. If you have been catastrophically injured, you can trust I’ll get you the compensation you deserve – and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

DISCLAIMER “Please understand the slogan, I’ll Make Them Pay!® is not a guarantee of payment. Both liability and real damages must be proven with a preponderance of the evidence.”


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If I could reach into the sky just to pull more than 5 stars down for a rating I would! I have used other lawyers in... the past and it was such a pain to reach them when I needed them. Tim is in all honesty there for you. He gave me his personal phone number, and at anytime or any day he answered. If I had to leave a message I could count to 10 and he would already be calling me back. He also was willing to talk on the weekends! He didn’t just forward me to an impersonal automated system or a person with no experience. I will NEVER use another person for legal advice. He’s gracious enough to give me guidance whenever I have a question. No matter how complex. This may sound like an advertisement but I assure you this man was more in touch when I had an issue than my own family. A reasonable and caring family man who will MAKE THEM PAY!Thank you Timread more
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Mike M
04:44 09 Oct 20
As a young man, I worked at a local garden center. I came from a family that had too many problems to list. I felt I... was never destined to be anything good. I had always wanted to be a police officer since I was a little boy. But, one side of my family told me that I would never be good enough to do it. Anytime I brought it up, they knocked me down until I started to believe that I could never accomplish my dream. One day, about 20 years ago, while working at that garden center, a very tall man came in and asked me to help him select plants. As we walked around the garden center, he struck up a conversation with me. He was very friendly and kind. I was a skinny teenager in dirty blue jeans and a t shirt. This man was dressed very nicely and I was surprised at how nice he was to me. During our conversation, he asked me what I wanted to do with my life after school. I told him that I wanted to be a police officer but many people told me that I’d never make it. I told him how my very own father said I wasn’t smart enough, brave enough, and I was wasting my time. I remember looking at the ground while I explained this to him. The man stopped and got serious. His voice dropped an octave and he looked me dead in the eyes. He pointed his finger at me and told me that I could make anything of my life that I wanted. He told me that it was up to ME to make my life goals come true. He told me to ignore anybody who tells me otherwise. He assured me that if I studied hard in school and never gave up on my dreams that they would become a reality. He told me to say it. I said “I can do it”. In that moment, I thought that if a complete stranger saw something in me, than maybe it could be true.After I helped him through the checkout and he left, many different employees at the garden center asked me if I knew who that man was. I did not. They told me, “That’s Tim Misny!” Once I figured out “who” Tim Misny was, my confidence grew. It was a pivotal moment. One in which steered the rest of my life. His words stuck with me. I worked hard and obtained my Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. I was hired by a local Law Enforcement Agency at the age of 21. I was sent to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, which was an extremely tough place to be, to say the least. At the Academy, they try to break those who don’t have a determined spirit. On days I wanted to quit, I remembered Tim’s words. Maybe it was fate, maybe it was random chance.... I’ll never know But, Tim Misny helped me have the confidence and determination that was necessary to be where I’m at today. I’ve been a law enforcement officer for over 16 years. I’ve told this story to many of my coworkers.Tim, you’ll never understand how your words that spring day helped shape my future. Your words enabled me to provide a great life for myself and my family. I’m forever grateful.Mikeread more
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Eric Evans
21:02 04 Oct 20
Tim has represented me twice, once 30 years ago and again just recently. I was too young to fully appreciate his... expertise when he represented me the first time (as i was a minor who was the victim of an accident - he won for us, incidentally), but I'm old enough and wise enough now to really appreciate how truly great he is. First off, how many attorney's actually give you their cell phone number and actually answer? I would contend very, very few. Secondly, he has a street fighter mentality combined with a sharp legal intellect which makes you immediately think "I'm so glad this guy is on my side." I was really in a bind recently and Tim came through in spades - he is THE person I would call if I were in trouble or needed help - at a minimum he would know who I should talk to and direct me there (he knows his own limits, which is the key to a wise person) - at a maximum he would take on my fight himself and I'd have full confidence in his ability to deliver the best possible outcome for me - he fights for you like you're family - can't say it better than more
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Benjamin Firstenberg
19:32 28 Sep 20
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David Shelton
01:13 30 Jun 20
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Mike Mercer
Mike Mercer
00:16 17 Jan 20
WOW! It is the only way to describe the tremendous experience I was afforded, when I contacted and then retained Tim... Misny, to handle a case for me. I had been injured in an automobile accident and needed help and direction, Tim and his staff provided both.The personal attention and clarity of the matter and specifics, gave me a state of comfort and satisfaction that I could have found nowhere else! I will be forever grateful to have Tim Misny as my attorney and my friend!I am a businessman in the Greater Cleveland area and have directed various members of my staffs as well as personal friends to Tim for solutions to their personal injury case needs. All my referrals have been more than pleased with the service and personal treatment they have received from Tim and his staff.I strongly recommend Tim Misny and his associates should you ever need the finest legal services available in Ohio! Trust is his number one priority, trust in knowing that you will be his client second, his friend first!read more
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