Upper Marlboro Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
Aggressive Representation for the Severely Injured & Their Families
While any injury can have devastating consequences, some injuries are severely debilitating, affecting nearly every aspect of the victim’s life. In legal terms, these are known as catastrophic injuries, and they often require extensive immediate medical attention and ongoing, even lifelong care. Victims and their families can find themselves facing massive medical bills, compounded by lost income as the victim takes time off work to heal or, in some cases, is unable to return to work at all. The financial, physical, and emotional toll catastrophic injuries bring is staggering—but for victims of negligence, there is hope.
At the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC, we are prepared to help you fight to hold negligent parties accountable for the damage and harm they cause. If you or a loved one suffered catastrophic injuries in a car accident, after using a defective product, or in any way caused by the negligent or wrongful actions of another person or party, reach out to us today to find out how our Upper Marlboro catastrophic injury lawyers can help.
What Are “Catastrophic Injuries?”
While there is no official legal definition of a catastrophic injury, most agree that an injury that severely and/or permanently affects the victim’s ability to return to his or her pre-injury life, including his or her ability to work, is catastrophic in nature. Below, we’ve outlined some of the most common catastrophic injuries and their effects.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are some of the most severe of all catastrophic injuries, as the brain controls all human functioning and damage to the brain can seriously and permanently impact this functioning. There are many different types of TBI, ranging from relatively mild concussions to serious internal damage, bleeding, and even penetrating skull/brain injuries.
TBIs often result from the following types of accidents:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and falls
- Work-related accidents
- Criminal acts (e.g. assault)
- Sports accidents
In nearly every case, a TBI will require immediate medical attention. The victim may experience ongoing effects, limiting physical and cognitive functioning, and may require extensive/lifelong assistance and care. Our traumatic brain injury lawyers understand that you need compensation for your immediate expenses, as well as the ongoing costs of a serious brain injury, and we are prepared to fight for the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Another very serious type of catastrophic injury is spinal cord injuries. Often caused by motor vehicle accidents, sports-related injuries, and violence, spinal cord injuries have the ability to impact nearly every aspect of the victim’s life.
Spinal cord injuries often result in the following complications:
- Partial or total paralysis (paraplegia, tetraplegia/quadriplegia)
- Loss of sensation and/or functioning
- Loss of sexual functioning
- Difficulty breathing/eating
- Severe pain
- Nerve damage
Spinal cord injuries—ranging from herniated discs to Brown-Sequard syndrome to tetraplegia—often dramatically limit the victim’s ability to return to their old, pre-injury life. They may require extensive medical treatment, including surgeries, as well as daily assistance with once-normal tasks, such as eating, getting dressed, and using the bathroom. Many spinal cord injury victims will be at least temporarily unable to return to work; many will never be able to support themselves or their families again.
In some cases, burn injuries are so severe, they are considered catastrophic. This is typically the case with third-degree burns, as well as some second-degree burns. While first-degree burns are considered relatively mild and can usually be effectively treated at home, second- and third-degree burns are much more serious. Both second- and third-degree burns affect the top layer of skin (epidermis) and bottom layer of skin (dermis), and third-degree burns may even affect the surrounding muscles, tissues, and nerves.
Generally speaking, burns are considered catastrophic when:
- Skin is severely damaged and/or irreparable
- Skin grafting and other major treatments are required
- The burns result in severe scarring
- The face, hands, and/or genitals are affected
- A large portion of the body is affected
- Complete healing is not guaranteed/likely
- Skin is left weaker than before it was burned
If you or someone you loved suffered severe burn injuries, reach out to our Upper Marlboro catastrophic injury attorneys to learn how we can help you work to recover the rightful compensation you need and deserve.
Other Catastrophic Injuries
While these represent some of the most common catastrophic injuries, they are not the only ones.
Other catastrophic injuries include:
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
- Nerve damage
- Back injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Neck injuries
If you or your loved one suffered a serious, catastrophic injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve fair compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages. At the Law Office of James E. Farmer, LLC, we can help you take on liable parties and fight for the full, fair recovery you are owed.
Get in contact with our firm today to request a no-cost consultation; call (301) 265-2220 to get started.