According to the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention, 1.7 million people sustain catastrophic injuries annually from falls, motor vehicle crashes, violence and sports.
Long-term and Lifelong Implications
Victims of catastrophic injuries will likely require medical care for the rest of their lives. Many will not hold a cup, pick up a pen, grab a pill out of a bottle, or dress themselves again. Chinese gymnast, Sang Lan, was paralyzed during a 1998 competition doing a routine warm-up vault. She landed on her head and sustained a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed from the chest down. To type on a computer keyboard, she must use small sticks attached to her hands.
Catastrophic injury attorney, Seeger Weiss, can help you decide whether to pursue a personal injury lawsuit and offer you other helpful guidance. For instance, one recommendation we make to clients is to have your loved one be evaluated by a neuropsychologist. While a neurologist will evaluate a person immediately after a catastrophic injury, a neuropsychologist will take a broader perspective and determine actual functioning and lifestyle limitations caused by the injury. Gaining this degree of insight helps strengthen a personal injury case.
Catastrophic Injuries Caused by Sports
Permanent paralysis, brain damage and death should not be associated with being a teenager. The chance to be young and do young things is stripped away from many young athletes. And the catastrophic injury is devastating not only to the injured athlete, but also to the athlete’s family, school and community. Learn more:
- Football and traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries and sports
- Sports brain injuries in pole-vaulting
- Injuries from cheerleading
While a primary brain injury can happen in a fraction of a second, a secondary injury may take hours or days to develop. Secondary brain injuries can kill neurons that were unharmed by the primary catastrophic injury but then cause more severe damage due to factors such as insufficient blood flow, lack of oxygen, and swelling.
When another party is at fault and negligently causes a catastrophic injury, a claim can ensure financial assistance for medical treatment costs with the loss of future wages. Fill out this form for FREE consultation today.Free Case Evaluation
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