Catastrophic Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

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Our lives can change in an instant. From one moment to the next, we are faced with a new reality: catastrophic injuries that can forever change the course of our lives, and, under the most disastrous circumstances, result in the loss of a loved one. In the aftermath of a tragic accident, we seek answers to the most common questions: Why did the accident happen? Whose fault was it? How can I (or my family) recover financially, physically, and emotionally? When an accident was avoidable and has devastating consequences, victims and their families can feel a paralyzing mix of strong emotions. As we pick up the pieces, we need a knowledgeable advocate to advise us on the best approach to move forward. When faced with what is truly a monumental decision, those impacted by these preventable accidents and their loved ones choose Slack Davis Sanger because of the firm’s accomplished personal injury lawyers who are skilled at seeking legal recourse in these heartbreaking situations.

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We are all bound by the law to take reasonable steps to protect each other from harm. The thoughtless or careless conduct of others can infringe upon that right. When you or a loved one is put into a situation where an accident leaves the course of the victim’s life changed forever, you may be eligible to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. If a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can prove that the losses you sustained as a result of the incident resulted from the action of what’s called an “at-fault” party, you can recoup both economic and non-economic damages.

A personal injury or wrongful death settlement generally has two types of compensatory damages awarded: economic damages and non-economic damages.

Economic damages are somewhat easier to quantify, as they represent the following:

  • medical treatment, both immediately after the accident and recommended future care;
  • loss of earning capacity, if your injuries limit your ability to find or keep a job; and
  • property loss, which covers replacement or repair of vehicles, clothing or other items damaged in the accident.

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What’s harder to put a price tag on is the non-ecomonic damages either victims or their families endure after one of these harrowing experiences. Only the most skilled legal professionals have access to expert testimony to build a case for the maximum amount of these types of compensation, which may include:

  • pain and suffering, both during the accident and afterward;
  • emotional distress—which can manifest as sleep loss, anxiety, and fear—and which is awarded separately in some states from pain and suffering;
  • loss of enjoyment, which acknowledges the inability to pursue daily activities, including pastimes, exercise, and recreational activities;
  • loss of consortium, which recognizes the impact a serious accident or death can have on the relationship with your spouse, or, in some states, between a parent and a child.

Although personal injury cases are civil and separate from criminal proceedings, punitive damages can still be awarded in addition to the types of compensation mentioned above. The goal of punitive damages is as a deterrent and to punish the parties found responsible for your losses. Many states have caps on these awards.

The two primary types of legal remedies for victims in these accidents are catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims.

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While some accidents are unavoidable, in many cases, a liable party may have been negligent if they failed to act or did not exercise reasonable care to protect you or a loved one from life-altering injuries. Some examples of negligence are when a driver fails to stop at a red light, when an employer allows floors to be slippery and unsafe, or when a pilot makes an error in judgment while navigating through a storm. Victims may sustain life-threatening spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), internal injuries, burns, fractures, and other conditions which require extensive long-term care. In addition to having extensive in-house knowledge of the complicated set of laws which govern these claims, Slack Davis Sanger’s personal injury attorneys work alongside a full-time legal nurse consultant to have the specialized knowledge needed to best advocate for our clients.

Wrongful Death

In the most severe cases, victims of these senseless, unforeseen events perish as a result of their injuries. In the face of immeasurable sadness, loved ones are forced to tackle complicated legal questions while trying to grieve. Wrongful death claims are an avenue for survivors to be compensated for the impact of this loss, in both the financial sense, and in acknowledgment of the significant mental anguish that is involved in the aftermath of these accidents. These claims also seek to hold those who are responsible accountable for their wrongdoing. While there is no way to put a price on a human life, Slack Davis Sanger has become a leading personal injury law firm, because our compassionate legal team can skillfully guide surviving family members in the best approach to secure the settlement you deserve.

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  • "It was obvious to me, very early in the process, that my family was in need of an advocate that could match the legal resources of the airline involved. Through the recommendation of a family attorney in Austin, I was most fortunate to contact Mike Slack with Slack Davis Sanger LLP. I had not been on the phone with Mike for more than 10 minutes when I knew that this was the man and legal team that would represent my family."

    Victor McLerran

  • "I am still amazed at how, through this difficult legal process, Mike Slack and his team consistently maintained a diligent direction to resolve this case in our best interest. We experienced an extraordinary sense of grace and humanity as we struggled through this tragedy. These are truly extraordinary people with extraordinary ability."

    Victor McLerran

  • "Slack Davis Sanger represents the ultimate in professionalism combined with a true caring attitude."

    Colonel Ray Toler

  • "Our firm has worked with the attorneys and staff at Slack Davis Sanger since the firm was formed in 1993. They have assisted our clients with personal injury matters and have served as our co-counsel in planning for our clients’ personal aircraft ownership and operations issues and needs. Our experience and our clients’ experience with Slack Davis Sanger has been outstanding. We recommend the firm highly and always look forward to working with the lawyers and staff there."

    Stephen Saunders

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  • "Slack Davis Sanger came highly recommended to me by a colleague. From my first meeting with Mike Davis, I knew my sisters and I had made the right choice. Emotionally, dealing with the situation was difficult for us. Slack Davis Sanger managed all of the details and people day-to-day, involving us only when necessary. This law firm delivered — and more."

    Kyle Smith

  • "I know I speak for my whole family in expressing appreciation for the genuine care and support provided by Slack Davis Sanger during the lengthy process of working through our legal system. They provided frequent personal contact, without prompting, and someone was always available to answer any question or just listen to our comments and concerns. I feel that we were always treated with respect — individually and as a family."

    Larry McLerran

  • "A disaster affecting the lives of many families led to our relationship with the Slack Davis Sanger team. While we never could be compensated fully for our loss, the team at Slack Davis Sanger removed much of the burden associated with dealing with the courts and corporate attorneys, allowing us to devote more of our attention to dealing with the very real burden of personal loss associated with losing loved ones to tragedy. They actively listened to what was important to us and crafted a legal strategy designed to meet our goals."

    Victor McLerran

  • "I am still amazed at how, through this difficult legal process, Mike Slack and his team consistently maintained a diligent direction to resolve this case in our best interest. We experienced an extraordinary sense of grace and humanity as we struggled through this tragedy. These are truly extraordinary people with extraordinary ability."

    Victor McLerran

  • "Thank you for all of your help with this case. This has been a difficult process and I couldn’t have done it without you."

    Charlotte L.

  • "The whole staff at Slack Davis Sanger went above and beyond to make sure that we not only got the best settlement and verdict, but that we were aware, knowledgeable, and comfortable with all that went on before, during, and after the trial. They have the best staff — “the A team” — that anyone could ask for. They all worked hard together and still had compassion for us. They are the team you want in your foxhole."

    Leon Hagerman

  • "The team at Slack Davis Sanger was invaluable in helping me through a difficult time. After being in a serious car accident and fracturing my spine, I was overwhelmed by the number of calls I received from different insurance companies and the various medical bills that kept coming in the mail. Mike Slack walked me through the entire process and made it seem easy. He and his team were always available to answer my questions, no matter how trivial, and kept my best interests at heart. They made sure the case was closed in a timely manner and that I received the best settlement possible, which gave me peace of mind to focus on my recovery."

    Jennifer A.

  • "I cannot say enough good things about the entire staff at Slack Davis Sanger. We contacted Slack Davis Sanger to pursue a wrongful death case. They fought the greatest fight for my kids. They knew the aviation industry and left no stone unturned. Their courtroom strategy and manners are equaled by no other. Thanks for your compassion and helping us through this time."

    Kathy Hagerman


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