Catastrophic Injury

The Go-To Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys

No one wants to receive that call that their loved one or friend has died unexpectedly. Accidents happen every day leading to more than 145,000 deaths each year across the country. While many of these are truly accidents, many more could have been prevented.

From car crashes to workplace injuries to defective manufacturing, our attorneys at Dollar, Burns & Becker have seen and tried them all. More than half of our team began their careers as prosecutors. They readily understand the importance of proving liability as well as how a civil personal injury or wrongful death case is intertwined with a criminal investigation and prosecution.

Dollar, Burns & Becker has built a nationwide reputation as the best, thanks to our vigorous representation of victims. Across our three practice areas, truck crash, nursing home abuse and neglect and bad faith, we have tried thousands of catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. We have won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, and required industries of all shapes and sizes as well as local, state and national governments to update policies and legislation to avoid future avoidable accidents.

Verdicts and Settlements

Comprehensive Subject Matter Experts

Our attorneys at Dollar, Burns & Becker have experience with a wide range of catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, including:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Industrial accidents
  • Brain damage and traumatic brain injuries
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Fatal automobile crashes
  • Distracted drivers
  • Electrocution
  • Amputation
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Burns and smoke inhalation
  • Falls

We provide compassion and vigorous representation to families and friends who have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. One of our experienced catastrophic injury or wrongful death attorneys will work closely with your family to make sure others understand the extent of your loss. We understand no amount of money can reverse the loss, but we believe the proper use of our legal system to achieve accountability, change and monetary compensation can ease a family’s pain and suffering.

The attorneys at Dollar, Burns & Becker know how to explore and utilize all potential sources of recovery. Plus, we work on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing unless we obtain compensation for you. We will work hard to recover compensation for all your losses, including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Thorough and Effective Litigators

Our catastrophic injury and wrongful death attorneys are committed to handling all of the details of your case so you can focus on healing and recovery. Our extensive courtroom experience makes us powerful advocates and persuasive negotiators. We are also known as compassionate advisers to people in need. We’re focused on advocating for full and fair compensation for our clients. Our attorneys seek accountability and justice even if you’re expected to recover from your injuries.

At Dollar, Burns & Becker, we know how to effectively use evidence collected in a criminal investigation to pursue civil claims on your behalf while we analyze complex insurance coverage issues that often arise. We pride ourselves on taking the time to answer every question our clients have, and we address every issue in detail, including:

  1. How we handle underinsured and uninsured situations.
  2. Where we look to uncover additional lines of insurance from which to make claims.
  3. How we make sure medical bills and funeral bills are properly paid.
  4. How we help with health insurance claims for reimbursement in the event of a monetary recovery.
  5. We handle every call from any insurance adjuster or other party that relates to your claim.
  6. We go the distance, both in court and with you, to protect others down the road.

Client Story

John Douglas Wixom III

Wixom and his boss drove Wixom’s truck and a trailer full of construction debris into a landfill facility to unload the materials. As the two were preparing to unhitch the trailer, a landfill employee was maneuvering a 3·90C Trashmaster, a compactor weighing more than 100,000 pounds, through the facility to assist with the unloading.

The Trashmaster was supposed to be in reverse so that Wixom could maneuver between the back of the trailer and the front of the Trashmaster to attach chains and pull the trailer off the hitch. Instead, the machine heaved forward and pinned Wixom between the trailer and the Trashmaster. Wixom’s injuries included severe injuries to his right leg and a crushed pelvis.

ACTION

Facing nearly $2 million in medical expenses and nearly a million in lost income, Wixom teamed with Dollar, Burns & Becker in a personal injury lawsuit.

RESULT

Noting that the “defendant fell below the standard of care by failing to implement safety policies and procedures for its employees and by improperly using machinery in a defective and unreasonably dangerously condition,” attorney Tim Dollar secured an $18 million dollar settlement for Wixom.

It’s important to contact us immediately if you or a loved one has been the victim of a catastrophic event. Investigating crime scenes and preserving critical evidence needs to be done as quickly as possible, ideally within 48 hours of the crash. We can often be on a plane the next day after we’re contacted. Initial consultations are free of charge and we work solely on a contingency basis.

Lawyers against Catastrophic Injury

Tim Dollar

Founding Partner
Tim is considered one of the top trial lawyers in America.

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Jeff Burns

Founding Partner
Jeff is one of the preeminent truck crash attorneys in the country.

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Tim Becker

Founding Partner
Tim is known and revered as one of this nation’s leading truck crash attorneys.

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Tom Hershewe

Partner
Tom is one of the Midwest’s leading bad faith insurance litigators.

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J.J. Burns

Partner
J.J. has a reputation nationally as a go-to-expert on truck crash litigation.

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Jill Kanatzar

Partner
Jill is one of the more experienced elder abuse plaintiff attorneys in the region.

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Rachel Stahle

Partner
Rachel has significant experience litigating cases involving nursing home neglect.

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Josh Becker

Attorney
Josh has a comprehensive knowledge of personal injury.

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