Injuries and accidents happen all the time, especially in a city like Annapolis, the capital of Maryland. One of the most severe injuries a person can face is a catastrophic injury when accidents happen.
If you, a family member, or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic injury due to someone else’s actions, you could hold that party responsible for your damages. An Annapolis catastrophic injury lawyer with Brown & Barron can help you receive monetary compensation to help you cover your expenses related to the injury.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury, and How do They Occur?
A catastrophic injury can leave the victim with life-changing damages and consequences that probably will last forever. Moreover, it is a legal term that refers to damage to the spine, brain, or spinal cord. Although catastrophic injuries can happen anytime during our regular lives, it is not uncommon for them to occur due to medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, dangerous drugs, or birth injuries.
You have the right to hold the other party accountable for your or your loved one’s catastrophic injury. To establish someone’s fault, you need to show that the four elements of negligence were present:
- Duty of care: The other party was to provide you with a legal duty to protect you from harm.
- Breach of duty: The other party was negligent and failed to fulfill their legal obligation.
- Causation: This negligence led to the incident that caused your injuries.
- Damages: You are now dealing with various damages.
A catastrophic injury lawyer at our firm can help you with your case and determine who or what was responsible for your accident. Brown & Barron is here for you when the unthinkable happens.
Get in touch with a Annapolis catastrophic injury lawyer, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Although spinal cord injuries and paralysis are the most common catastrophic injuries, there are several catastrophic injuries that you could suffer due to the negligent actions of another party.
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia: According to MedlinePlus, paraplegia is the total or partial paralysis of the lower half of the body, while quadriplegia, also called tetraplegia, is the paralysis of both legs and arms.
- Traumatic brain injury: A traumatic brain injury (TBI) victim could face fundamental cognitive and emotional problems or severe lifelong impact on their daily lives. In some cases, victims have to be taught how to perform ordinary tasks like feeding themselves.
- Comas: A coma can happen due to severe damage to the brain, which leaves someone unconscious and unable to respond to any stimuli.
- Vegetative state: This condition also involves severe brain damage, but it differentiates from the coma because patients completely lack cognitive function.
If your or your loved one suffers from one of these conditions or another catastrophic injury, you could also face high medical bills. You shouldn’t have to pay for all these expenses if the condition was caused by someone else. At Brown & Barron, we take every case seriously, and we will fight to get justice for you.
Time Limit to File a Lawsuit After Suffering a Catastrophic Injury
The statute of limitations is a law that sets the maximum amount of time that a party has to initiate legal actions from the date of an accident. However, this time limit varies in each state of the United States, and Md. Code, Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-101 establishes that the maximum time is three years from the day of the accident.
Three years is a lot of time, but the faster you file your injury case, the better your chances of making the other party responsible and getting compensation are.
What Kind of Compensation Can You Seek in an Injury Case?
It is hard to precisely define what kind of compensation we can get for you before talking with you, but these are the most common compensation we get for a catastrophic injury:
- Pain and suffering: This is a legal term for physical pain and discomfort caused by an injury.
- Lost wages: You could receive money for the time off you need from work to recover.
- Punitive damages: These are damages estimated to punish the defendant for their conduct and prevent them and others from engaging in similar behavior in the future. You must prove actual malice to recover these damages.
- Past and future medical expenses: These expenses might cover all costs related to the injury, such as prescriptions, hospitalization consults, rehab, etc.
To establish what kind of compensation you can receive, you must contact us. We can start building your case and determine the amount of compensation you can receive by talking with you.
Why Choose Brown & Barron to Help with Your Catastrophic Injury Case
At Brown & Barron, we commit to every case and every client, and we care about our work and our community in the state of Maryland. We are available 24/7, and we provide free consultations. Hiring a lawyer and seeking medical help are important steps after your incident. While you’re in recovery, our lawyers can gather evidence, name the liable parties, communicate and negotiate with the insurers, and take your case to trial if needed.
You can be sure that we will fight aggressively to collect the maximum compensation, working closely with you along the way, ensuring that your voice is heard. We will help you achieve closure after a devastating event. Call us now for a free initial consultation. We also don’t take any fees to work on your case, as we will be paid when we resolve it via a settlement or court award.
Contact Brown & Barron online today to schedule a free case review with a with a Annapolis catastrophic injury lawyer.