Catastrophic injuries are life-changing. When you are injured in an accident, in most cases your injuries – while painful – will eventually heal and you can resume your normal life. However, in some instances, you will suffer a serious injury that has long-term and life-altering effects. Life as you know it will forever be changed. These are considered catastrophic injuries.
Catastrophic injuries can be caused by a variety of accidents, including motorcycle accidents and vehicle crashes. Our proven catastrophic injury lawyers can help you through this difficult time and fight to recover the compensation you deserve for your damages suffered.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Take a look at some of the most common types of catastrophic injuries:
- Severe burns: Burns are considered catastrophic injuries if they are diagnosed as third- and fourth-degree burns that cover a large area of your body. These can result in nerve damage, scarring, chronic pain, limited mobility, and even disfigurement. To treat the burns and reduce your long-term symptoms, you may need surgery, skin grafts, physical therapy, and medication.
- Spinal cord injuries: An injury to your spinal cord can result in complete or partial paralysis. Paralysis of the lower limbs is called paraplegia, and quadriplegia is the paralysis of all limbs.
- Traumatic brain injuries: A blunt force trauma to the head can result in a traumatic brain injury. Swelling, bleeding, bruising, and inflammation of the brain can result in temporary symptoms like dizziness, bleeding, and even a coma. Long-term effects can include cognitive impairment, loss of senses, memory loss, and more.
- Severe fractures, amputations: Severe fractures to your arms or legs can require several surgeries to correct. This can lead to long-term effects like pain, nerve damage, and a limited range of motion. In some cases, if a limb can’t be repaired, it could even lead to amputation. In serious accidents, you might even lose a limb at the scene of the crash. Losing a limb is a life-altering condition and could result in phantom pain. It will also require you to be fitted for prosthetics and you may need to make adjustments to your home.
Because catastrophic injuries are life-altering, you can seek higher damages and compensation when you file a lawsuit against the person who caused your accident. Hiring a catastrophic injury lawyer can ensure you have a person on your side with the experience to know what compensation to seek. He or she will also know what medical records, documentation, and testimony you will need to win your case.
We Can Help
If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury, you need help from top-rated, hard-working representation. At Shapiro|Delgado, our attorneys put their injury law experience to work for you. And we handle cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you do.
We represent clients throughout Florida, including Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, and surrounding communities.
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