Although the severity of an injury greatly depends on the circumstances surrounding an accident, a catastrophic injury has the potential to change a person’s life forever. Catastrophic injuries often cause a person to become disabled, not only affecting their normal way of life, but also changing their ability to work or earn a living. Coping with a catastrophic injury and/or disability is never easy for the person suffering the calamity or members of their family. Catastrophic injuries are all the more challenging when they are caused by an accident that results from another person’s negligence or oversight. The devastating consequences of a catastrophic injury accident are wide reaching, throwing off the financial and emotional balance of a family.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Medical malpractice, defective products, construction accidents and motor vehicle collisions often affect the lives of innocent people. These sometimes result in catastrophic injury, including:
- Spinal cord injury, which can be caused by direct injury to the cord itself or indirectly from damage to adjacent bones, tissues, or blood vessels. Spinal cord injuries are frequently caused by motor vehicle accidents, falls, industrial accidents, and other incidents. When people suffer injuries to their necks or the upper vertebrae in their back, they can lose control of their arms and/or legs. When they experience injury to their lower backs, they can lose control of their legs. Consequently, spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis—paraplegia and/or quadriplegia.
- Burn injury, which is often associated with fires but can also be caused by exposure to chemical substances as well as hazardous gases. Burn injuries are extremely painful and can affect the skin, lungs, eyes, and other organs. Due to the extreme levels of heat, fire, and explosive materials people may be exposed to, burn injures frequently cause severe scarring and disfigurement. Moreover, the risk of infection is significant and someone who has been badly burned may lose the ability to move or use certain limbs.
- Brain injury, which is typically caused when the head unexpectedly and violently strikes or is struck by an object. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) most often results from falls, motor vehicle accidents, and/or construction or industrial accidents. Whether people with these injuries have suffered minor concussions or severe brain trauma, they may experience various functional short- or long-term changes that affect thinking, sensation, memory, language, and emotion.
- Neurological disorders, which affect the nervous system in the form of structural, biochemical, or electrical abnormalities in the brain, spinal cord, or throughout the nerves leading to and from these areas. A neurological disorder can cause seizures, serious pain, paralysis, loss of feeling in certain areas of the body, muscle weakness, and other symptoms.
Legal Experience and Integrity You Can Rely On
Catastrophic injuries require extensive medical care and treatment. In addition to medical expenses, severely injured people may be unable to work to support themselves and their families. Also, without effective legal representation, many lack the resources for rehabilitation and recovery. To ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve from negligent parties, please contact the Rhode Island personal injury attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush today. Our legal team is dedicated to excellence and integrity, making it our goal to obtain extraordinary legal results for our injured clients. If you would like more information or a free case consultation, please call (401) 274-7400 or fill out a contact form.