Personal injury accidents have the potential to cause damaging injuries to those involved. While some are temporary, others are significant and can change a person for the rest of their life. This is often the case for those who suffer from a catastrophic injury. In these situations, victims sustain serious physical, emotional, and financial burdens. It is because of this that it is important for victims to have an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney on their side to assist them in recovering compensation.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
When a person sustains a catastrophic injury, their life can be changed forever. This is because these injuries cause detrimental long-term or permanent damage including scars, impairment, and paralysis. The following are the most common types of catastrophic injuries that are seen in Maryland personal injury accidents:
- Burn injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Spinal cord injuries
- Acoustic injuries
Why Would I Be Awarded Compensation?
After sustaining a catastrophic injury, a person’s life can be changed in many ways. This is because they tend to be impacted physically, emotionally, and financially. The financial burdens that come with these injuries can be difficult to afford, which is why victims can be awarded compensation for the following reasons:
- Medical attention is usually needed to treat serious injuries. This usually includes surgery, rehabilitation, or the use of a medical device or medication for life. These can be expensive, which is why coverage can be provided.
- Sometimes, injuries can put people out of work for a period of time. It is because of this that compensation may be awarded for lost wages.
- Victims can suffer both physically and emotionally after an accident, which is why compensation can be recovered for both of these damages.
How Can I Recover Compensation?
Victims of accidents can file a claim for negligence based on the principle that all people are obligated to provide a duty of care to others. This can be seen in different ways depending on the party and the nature of the accident. For example, property owners, drivers, and those in specialized occupations all have a different responsibility towards others. However, if they fail to uphold this duty, they can all face similar consequences as a result. This is because victims can hold them liable for negligence when an accident happens due to their behavior.
When an injured party wants to pursue legal action for negligence, they must file a personal injury claim. This requires them to prove the other party engaged in negligence that directly caused their injuries. Evidence such as medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the cause of the accident, witness testimonies, and more can be helpful in court as proof. If the injured party is successful, they may be eligible to recover significant compensation as coverage for any damages incurred due to the accident.
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County and Anne Arundel County, Maryland who have been charged with a crime or have been injured by the negligence of another party. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.