Baltimore Injury Attorneys: What Makes an Injury “Catastrophic?”

After most accidents, people recover from their injuries and go on to live normal lives. However, some injuries leave effects that last from several weeks to a lifetime, or even end in death. Experts call these types of injuries catastrophic because they result in great suffering and financial hardship. Catastrophic injuries may require a lifetime of care.

A catastrophic injury can happen at any time—in a vehicle accident, via medical malpractice, workplace accident, birth injury, or from a slip-and-fall. Some examples of catastrophic injuries include the following:

  • Wrongful death
  • Burns
  • Loss of limb
  • Paralysis
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Head trauma/brain injury
  • Birth injuries
  • Cancer misdiagnosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Brachial plexus palsy
  • Prescription errors
  • Wrongful amputation
  • Nursing home negligence
  • Surgical errors
  • Anesthesia mishaps
  • Burns

Another thing about catastrophic injury is that it can also affect the people close to the victim. Many times, the injured person’s family must take over his or her long-term care. Also, a victim of catastrophic injury may no longer be able to work, or may go through a personality change or depression. All of this causes financial and mental stressors on the victim’s caretakers.

If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, our Baltimore injury attorneys can help. Ensure your rights are protected and that you receive any compensation you deserve.