In the event of an accident, a catastrophic injury could result in permanent injuries that will alter a person’s life. These types of injuries specifically can often result in multiple weeks in the hospital, a need for physical therapy to regain capabilities or alleviate pain caused by a disability. No matter what their causes may be, catastrophic injuries are most often the catalysts of physical pain, lifestyle changes, and long-term medical costs that are nearly impossible to anticipate. With this in mind, it is always a good idea to stay informed on the types and causes of catastrophic injuries so that your case can be well-represented in the future.
Catastrophic Brain Injuries
These types of injuries involve brain damage that may result in a loss of speech, cognitive abilities, and memory. They can also cause paralysis to one or more parts of the body, such as legs or hands. Because your brain is such a complex organ, these injuries can be highly unpredictable when it comes to treatment and recovery over time.
Catastrophic Spinal Cord Injuries
Much like catastrophic brain injuries, the effects of spinal cord injuries are also unpredictable. While some individuals may recover quickly from a spinal cord injury, others could possibly become paralyzed permanently. These injuries are most common in accidents such as auto collisions or catastrophic truck accidents, in which the victim is affected by a force of impact involving a vehicle.
Injuries that Result in Paralysis
Because they affect such essential, central organs, brain and spinal cord injuries could both potentially result in either full or partial paralysis. There also may be different locations of paralysis, such as paraplegia, in which only the lower extremities are affected. However, paralysis from the neck down is known as quadriplegia. If the spinal cord severed or if brain damage is severe, paralysis may be a lifelong condition from which recovery is not possible.
Fractures and Broken Bones Caused by Catastrophic Accidents
While brain and spinal cord injuries may be the most severe types of catastrophic injuries, severely broken bones may require months of physical therapy and medical attention to recover the affected body part. A catastrophic injury such as a broken neck or back may require an extended hospital stay, while an injury such as a broken leg may require the use of assistive devices such as crutches or a wheelchair.
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At the Law Offices of Snyder & Snyder, we are a team of experienced lawyers dedicated to seeking justice for you and your family in any case of medical malpractice or personal injury. From start to finish, we aggressively represent you in your case with detailed preparations, personal attention, and a strong reputation of success in the Baltimore and Washington D.C metro areas, ensuring that you and your family are properly compensated for any medical malpractice, negligence, or personal injury that you experience. If you are ready for a consultation with an attorney at The Law Office of Snyder & Snyder, P.A., please contact our firm at 410-653-3700 or check us out on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.