When you’ve been injured–whether at work, in a car accident or due to the negligence of another–it can be life-changing. When you’re overwhelmed by doctors’ visits, insurance company calls, and keeping a roof over your head, you might not know where to turn.

Sometimes, injuries are mild and don’t require long-term care. But unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Sometimes you could suffer severe injuries that warrant months–sometimes years–of recovery or treatment. More severe injuries from accidents could mean surgeries–and they could mean that you’re out of work for a while.

An injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to the harm that is caused by any number of events, including accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and more. Millions of people across the country are injured every year. These injuries range from minor to life-threatening. Injuries can happen at work or play, indoors or outdoors, driving a car, or walking across the street.

No matter the nature of the injury, when you’ve been hurt, you’ll need time to focus on your well being and your family’s care. When the injury is severe, it can be challenging: how do you balance your recovery or medical treatment while you pay your bills and watch over your loved ones?

According to Cornell Law School, a serious bodily injury is as follows:

  • a substantial risk of death
  • protracted and obvious disfigurement
  • protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty

So when you’ve suffered a serious injury, also known as a catastrophic injury, you need a trustworthy team of personal injury attorneys to help you navigate this difficult time. Your priority should be on your recovery–let us take care of the insurance companies. We are able to get you the compensation you deserve so that you can get on with your life.

In this blog post, we’ll review the different types of severe personal injuries that you might be experiencing after an accident. If you’ve had a severe injury, reach out to us at Castan & Lecca. We want to hear your story.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries, or TBIs, are serious injuries that occur to the brain. They are capable of altering the way in which the brain operates, thus affecting the way you process information or think. These types of injuries can create lasting damage that could constitute a lifelong disability.

According to the Mayo Clinic, TBI symptoms could include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
  • No loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed, confused or disoriented
  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Mood changes or mood swings

TBIs can be either permanent or lifelong. It’s best to get treated by a healthcare provider as soon as possible. With Castan & Lecca at your side, you won’t have to go through this process on your own.



An amputation, whether whole or partial, is when any body part is lost. This can happen as a result of an accident, assault, malpractice, negligence, or even defective product. This could include loss of appendages like arms, legs, feet, toes, hands or fingers. Amputation victims experience severe pain as well as having the overwhelming task of relearning how to go about their daily lives.

If you’ve suffered an amputation, you may be faced with extensive physical therapy and occupational therapy so that you can go about your life. In addition to physical injuries, it also can lead to emotional injuries, lost income or the inability to work, high medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and many other obstacles.


While some incidents that might cause a burn injury could be blameless (after all, some accidents are just accidents), but sometimes your burn is the result of an auto accident, product defect, unsafe premises, a workplace problem or another incident for which someone was responsible.

If you’ve been burned while at work, you should seek immediate medical attention, alert your supervisor and document your experience, if possible. Burns can range from 1st degree to 3rd degree. There are several types of burns you could experience, whether at work or elsewhere:

  • Chemical burns
  • Inhalation burns
  • Gas explosions
  • Scalding
  • Thermal burns
  • Radiation burns 

If you are severely burned, you can reach out to a trustworthy personal injury attorney to advocate for you and go up against your employer and their insurance company. When you’ve suffered catastrophic burns, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation so that you can get the medical care you need. 

If you’ve suffered a burn because of someone else’s negligence, you might be eligible to receive compensation through a personal injury lawsuit or workers’ compensation claim.

Spinal Cord Injuries 

Spinal cord injuries can be quite severe, causing either temporary or lifelong paralysis. According to the Shepherd Center, when someone experiences a spinal cord injury, the body may lose some essential functions if the nerves can’t communicate with the brain.

There are two main types of spinal cord injuries:

Complete – This type of spinal cord injury causes permanent, lifelong damage to the spinal cord. The result could be paraplegia.

Incomplete – This type of injury depends upon the nature of the damage. It could include limited ability to feel or more extremities–and the victim could heal from this type of injury. Though incomplete spinal cord injuries can vary depending upon the patient.

The Takeaway

Suffering a catastrophic injury can be life-changing. It can be hard to know how to proceed, especially when your family’s well being is on the line. If you’ve suffered a severe personal injury–whether it occurred at work, on the road or even while shopping or enjoying time with your family–you should know that you have rights.

At Castan & Lecca, we have a trustworthy, experienced team of personal injury attorneys who have decades of experience in personal injury law. The time after an injury should be focused on treatment and recovery–you have enough to worry about. Leave the work to us: we’re here to listen to your story.







Michael Boeschen (Mike) was born in Wichita, KS and raised in Chattanooga, TN. Mike graduated from The McCallie School and went on to study history, Spanish, and Latin American Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from the University Of Georgia School Of Law. During law school, Mike participated in the Legal Aid Clinic, assisting in the defense of indigent criminal defendants. Mike has been licensed to practice law in Georgia since 2002 and his main practice area consists of representing injured workers as they navigate through the Georgia workers’ compensation system. Mike is also fluent in Spanish. In his spare time Mike enjoys following soccer, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two young daughters. Mike and his family are parishioners of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sandy Springs, GA





Edward Denker was born in Philadelphia, PA but has made Georgia his home since 1999. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia. Edward spent his first years in practice representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims. He then spent more than a decade honing his litigation skills representing employers and insurers in workers’ compensation claims, where he gained immense experience and knowledge of how insurers defend those claims. In 2017, Edward returned to his passion of representing people who have been injured at work or through the negligence of others. When he isn’t working, Edward enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children. He is also an avid sports fan, and enjoys cooking and travel



Iliana Dobrev was born in Bulgaria. After high school, she immigrated to the United States to study law. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s in political science concentrating on pre-law and minoring in Spanish. In 2015, she graduated from Georgia State University College of Law. While in law school, Iliana completed a Graduate Research Assistantship in Labor and Employment Law and Employment Discrimination and two externships in Immigration Law. As an immigrant herself, Iliana is passionate about advocating for and defending immigrants. She is delighted to help families stay together and pursue the American dream. Iliana is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and worked in both a fellowship and a firm specializing in immigration law. Iliana is fluent in Bulgarian and Spanish



Ken Thaxton was born and raised in Roberta, GA. When Ken was a child, his father started a trucking business, which Ken ultimately spent over ten years working with through his late teens and twenties. Ken graduated from Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA in 2001 with a 4.0 GPA. He then studied Business and Information Technology at Macon State College, ultimately graduating with a 4.0 GPA in 2004. After graduation, Ken continued to work with his father’s trucking company, and in late 2005, Ken and his father started an aircraft charter company, Southern Jet, Inc., under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Ken served as President of Southern Jet from 2006 until 2010, when he and his father sold the company. Ken is a Commercially Licensed Instrument, Multi-Engine Pilot. While serving as President of Southern Jet, Ken started Law School at the University of Georgia School of Law in 2009. Ken focused primarily on business and civil law, including Workers’ Compensation, while at UGA. He graduated Cum Laude and in the top 25% of his class from UGA Law in 2012. Ken is a licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, and he is also a licensed neutral (mediator) in the State of Georgia. Ken represents small businesses in transactional matters and business conflicts, and he also represents injured workers and Plaintiffs injured in cases of negligence. During his spare time, Ken enjoys swimming, cycling, sporting clays, and fishing. He also does charity work with a national scholarship fund



Alexander Lecca (Alex) was born in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents from Cuba and Peru. Alex graduated from Coral Gables High School, where he was a recipient of the Elsa Glazer Award (given to students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA and above). He went on to study marketing at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. At the University of Miami he was also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. In law school, Alex received several book awards and graduated Cum Laude. During law school Alex clerked for the Honorable Beth Bloom, had an internship with the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s office, and clerked for a prestigious litigation law firm. Alex is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Florida and handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. He is also a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Alex is also fluent in Spanish. During his spare time, Alex enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and four children. He also helps coach his children’s baseball, football, basketball, and soccer teams. Alex and his family are parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church



Dan Castan is a senior partner at Castan and Lecca, PC in Buckhead and represents injured workers before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and plaintiffs in State and Superior Courts of Georgia for injuries suffered in accidents. Dan litigated one of the seminal claims securing the rights of undocumented workers to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits in the state of Georgia when injured in the case of Wet Walls, Inc. vs. Ledesma. Dan has successfully fought and settled multi million dollar cases. He was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey to immigrant parents from Cuba. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and received his Juris Doctor from The Washington College of Law at The American University in Washington D.C.  Dan was admitted to the Georgia Bar in November, 1993.  He is an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta Bar Association and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Dan is a founding member and Director of the Latino Victory Fund Georgia and serves on the Board of The Latin American Association. Dan has been dedicated to getting Latinos elected to local, state and Federal offices in Georgia. He has been a Big Brother through Big Brothers and Sisters of Metro Atlanta and a mentor through The Latin American Association’s mentor/mentee program. Dan is married with two children.