Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic Injury Attorneys in St. Louis

Are You Permanently Disabled Because of an Accident? We Want to Help.

When an accident changes the course of someone’s life forever, the legal remedy should be equal to the magnitude of your loss. Our team fights catastrophic injury cases because we want to make sure patients receive the best possible care and support during a time of turmoil and hardship.

With over 100 years of combined experience, our team has successfully handled many catastrophic injury cases. Because of the costs involved, these claims are more likely to be heavily contested. That only makes it more important to have a skilled attorney on your side.

Call The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm today at (314) 701-7722 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We serve the injured in and around St. Louis.

What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

A catastrophic injury is any bodily harm that results in permanent disability. Most injuries and illnesses can be fully treated, provided the patient has access and resources to seek proper care. This is not the case with catastrophic injuries. Though doctors may be able to improve the situation of a catastrophically injured patient and help mitigate some of their symptoms, the injury and its effects will never fully disappear.

Types of Catastrophic Injury Claims We Can Handle

With experience in motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, and farm accidents, our attorneys have worked with multiple catastrophically injured clients. This means we have taken the time to learn the medicine behind their injuries and treatments, so we can effectively advocate for them. Here are some of the most common types of catastrophic injury claims we take.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

From concussions to major injuries caused by an item penetrating the skull, brain injuries are among the most serious catastrophic injuries. There is no way to regenerate brain cells that were killed by the impact, meaning the information and reflexes stored in them are lost forever.

While some patients are able to regain some function with the help of specialized therapy, doctors cannot even accurately predict which patients are likely to benefit from these efforts and which will maintain the same level of injury and disability for the rest of their life. TBI tends to result in job changes or leaving the workforce altogether and can greatly decrease a patient’s life enjoyment.

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

The paralysis caused by a spinal cord injury may be partial or complete, but barring spontaneous recovery, a patient is likely to have reduced physical capabilities for the rest of their life. Depending on how much of the body is paralyzed, they may also be at a heightened risk of complications like chronic pain, pressure ulcers, and respiratory issues.

Most spinal cord injury patients are unable to return to their previous jobs. Some find it difficult to leave their homes at all and need daily aid to perform basic tasks. The mental and emotional toll, as well as the physical, must be addressed in SCI claims.

Loss of Limb

When an accident results in a loss of limb, the patient must decide whether they want a prosthetic or other assistive devices. Either choice requires them to re-learn how to move around and perform activities they once could do without a thought.

Especially for those who perform manual labor, the loss of a limb is typically enough to put them out of work for the rest of their lives. Additionally, devices like prosthetics need regular maintenance and likely will need replacement at least once in a patient’s lifetime.

What Does a Fair Settlement in a Catastrophic Injury Case Look Like?

After a catastrophic injury, victims are especially vulnerable to being treated unfairly by an insurance adjuster. The care you will need right off the bat is likely to exceed any medical bills you have seen before. This means when an insurance adjuster calls and offers a number that will cover them and leave some money left over, patients are likely to say yes.

The damages from catastrophic injuries, however, will last the rest of your life. Your claim must account for that. Our attorneys work individually with clients to learn the details of their day-to-day. Then, we bring in medical professionals and life-care planners to help us calculate the expenses that will continue to accrue for the rest of your life. We consider damages including:

  • Future medical care
  • Prescription medication
  • Potential complications of your injury
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Counseling
  • Vocational therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Accommodations or assistive devices
  • Personal or household aid
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

Once all these factors have been included, most clients see right away that the insurance company tried to lowball them with its first settlement offer. If you want to know whether an insurance adjuster has approached you in good faith, come talk to us in a free consultation.

Don’t Fight a Catastrophic Injury Case Alone

Anyone who is facing major medical decisions and coming to terms with their disability already has enough on their mind. We don’t want your claim to become another source of stress. When you work with The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, you’ll have a dedicated team fighting for you. We can handle all communications and negotiations with the insurer, filing paperwork and finding evidence for your claims. If necessary, we can take them to court. With every case we take, we do all we can to secure a favorable result for our client.

Our process is also focused firmly on you. We make ourselves available to meet your schedule, which means taking weekend and after-hours meetings if necessary. Our attorneys will always fully explain your legal rights, taking time to make sure you understand the substance hidden underneath the fancy language. We help clients set realistic expectations and are always straightforward and open about the status of their case.

To start a catastrophic injury claim with The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, call our St. Louis office today at (314) 701-7722. We offer free consultations.


  • Unwavering Dedication
    We will fight for a just outcome on your behalf, and won’t give up in the face of difficult or unexpected challenges.
  • A Record of Proven Results
    Over our hundred years of combined legal experience, we have recovered millions of dollars for injured clients.
  • Respected in Our Community
    When attorneys need an attorney, they call us. Over 200 attorneys routinely refer clients to our capable & qualified team.
  • Compassionate Advocacy

    We genuinely care about the outcome of your case & commit to standing by your side every step of the way. 

  • Committed to Our Clients
    We pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make all of our clients feel comfortable, well-informed, and secure.
  • Clear Communication

    Our attorneys are committed to actively listening to our clients and to setting realistic, justifiable expectations.

Get The Help You Need

If you are interested in learning more about our law firm or want to schedule a free case evaluation, we encourage you to get in touch with our team today.


Millions Recovered For Our Clients
  • Car Accident $16,550,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a family of four involved in a single car wreck in a highway construction zone.

  • Wrongful Death $5,900,000 Verdict

    Verdict for the wrongful death of a woman as a result of the negligent failure of a pathologist to diagnose histoplasmosis.

  • Hospital Negligence $5,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement involving the failure of doctors at an east-central Illinois hospital to diagnose and treat a brain abscess.

  • Medical Malpractice $4,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a medical malpractice claim in downstate Illinois.

  • Tractor Trailer Injury and Death $2,400,000 Settlement

    Settlement for an Illinois tractor trailer injury resulting in death.

  • Medical Malpractice $2,100,000 Settlement

    Settlement for North Central Illinois medical malpractice case.

  • Truck Accident Resulting in Eye Injuries $2,000,000 Settlement

    Settlement of an accident involving a delivery truck with a pickup truck.

  • Product Liability $1,750,000 Settlement

    Settlement for a man who lost both legs in a baler that had been improperly modified.

  • Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict

    Verdict for a case involving negligent podiatric care provided to the manager of a fast food restaurant.

  • Hospital Negligence $1,245,000 Settlement

    Settlement for the failure by emergency room doctors to diagnose occluded carotid arteries and the stroke suffered by the patient as a result.

Hear From Our Clients

The Opinions That Matter Most
  • “I highly recommend Bill Tapella to anyone in need of an honest hardworking attorney that can get the job done and find your closure.”

    - Betty “Jane” B.
  • “When I got hurt, I almost lost everything. Bill Tapella was there for me and helped me put my life together.”

    - Brenda M.
  • “Bill is very hard-working and he has a great team as well. They go above and beyond.”

    - Donna S.


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