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Personal injury accidents have the potential to cause damaging injuries to unsuspecting victims. Though some injuries may be temporary, others may be significant enough to affect a person for the rest of his or her life. This is not uncommon in a case where someone suffers from a catastrophic injury. As a result, a victim sustains serious physical, emotional and financial burdens. Considering this fact, victims of a catastrophic injury in Maryland should have an experienced personal injury lawyer fighting for compensation on their behalf. Here are some questions you may have:

What constitutes a catastrophic injury in Maryland?

A person’s life can be changed forever when they sustain a catastrophic injury due to the detrimental long-term, if not permanent, damages inflicted. Long-lasting damages include scars, impairment, and paralysis. Some of the most common types of catastrophic injuries that are seen in Maryland personal injury accidents are as follows:

  • Burn injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Acoustic injuries

What kind of compensation can you obtain for a catastrophic injury in Maryland?

As alluded to above, catastrophic injuries are potentially life-altering. Afterward, many victims struggle to afford their bills and other expenses due to their impairment and/or inability to work. If you prove your case, you may be entitled to the following economic and non-economic damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of enjoyment in life
  • Pain and suffering (non-economic damages)

How do you recover compensation for catastrophic injuries?

Victims of accidents have the legal right to file a claim for negligence, which is predicated on the principle that all people are obligated to provide a duty of care to others. Depending on the party and the nature of the accident, this can be seen in different ways. For instance, property owners, drivers, and those employed in specialized occupations all owe a duty of care to others. They can all face similar consequences if they fail to uphold this duty of care. When the accident happens because of their behavior, victims can hold them liable for negligence.

An injured party must file a personal injury claim when they want to pursue legal action for negligence. Upon doing so, the injured party must prove that the other party negligent, and that directly caused their injuries. Victims may cite medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the cause of the accident, witness testimonies, and other evidence. If the injured party can satisfy the burden of proof, they may be eligible to recover substantial compensation for any damages incurred from the accident.

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