Specific Types of Catastrophic Injuries

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Specific Types of Catastrophic Injuries

What follows is a brief discussion of some of the more common types of catastrophic injuries. If you or your loved one has suffered catastrophic injuries as the result of an accident, consult a lawyer to learn about your rights to compensation. Contact Culpepper Kurland in Tampa, FL, today to schedule a consultation with a personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

Severe Burns

A major complication of severe burns is that they impair other vital systems of the body; this in turn makes victims susceptible to complications, including organ failure, limited use of limbs and severe restriction of the musculature system. Reconstructive surgery can also result in serious complications.

Many complications caused by severe burns do not manifest themselves for years after the original injury, making it much harder for victims to accept and, for attorneys, to recover appropriate compensation for them. For this reason, it is important to work with an attorney who has experience representing burn victims and who is familiar with the long-term complications of burn injuries.

Brain Injuries

Each year thousands of people suffer brain injuries that permanently affect their ability to work and do the simple tasks necessary for daily living. There are two general types of head injuries, open or closed. An open injury means the skull has been fractured, while a closed head injury does not involve a fracture. Both types of brain injury can cause paralysis, loss of vital body functions and death.

Surprisingly, one does not have to be traveling at a high rate of speed or have one's head strike an object, such as a steering wheel or windshield, to suffer a traumatic brain injury. Brain injuries can be caused by falls, minor car accidents or sport-related activities. Trauma to the head or neck region can cause the brain to bruise, bleed, tear and/or swell.

Spinal Cord Injuries

The type of activity giving rise to spinal cord injuries varies by age, with sport-related spinal cord injuries more common in children and teenagers, while work-related spinal cord injuries (especially from construction work) predominate in adults. Common causes of traumatic injury to the spinal cord include motor vehicle accidents, acts of deliberate violence, falls and sports injuries (including diving)

Spinal cord injuries impose a tremendous burden on both the affected individuals and society at large, with costs that are staggering. The quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injuries has greatly improved in the last 60 years. This has been especially true in the last two decades. Statistical data published by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reflects continuing improvements in life expectancy and a reduction in the severity and occurrence rates of life threatening spinal cord injury complications. Improvements in standards of care, adaptive equipment, environmental modification and legislation benefiting the disabled have enhanced and enriched the lives of many injured individuals and their families.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

Due to the severe and permanent nature of a spinal cord injury, in bringing a claim for such an injury based on the fault or wrongdoing of another, it is imperative to retain the services of an attorney and competent physician. While these professionals may not be able to alleviate an individual's pain or loss of body functioning, they can obtain the optimal financial recovery to which an injured individual may be entitled. An attorney experienced in handling catastrophic injury cases from Culpepper Kurland in Tampa, FL, will work to identify all of the parties who may be responsible for your injuries.

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