Catastrophic injuries can lead to permanent impairment, paralysis, and in some cases, to serious disabilities and the need for long-term or lifelong care and treatment.
If you sustained catastrophic injuries and damages in a Maryland car, truck, or motorcycle accident, the law may entitle you to monetary compensation. The skilled catastrophic injury lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, can review the facts and circumstances of your case, negotiate with the insurance company for you, or file a lawsuit on your behalf, helping you to recover monetary compensation for your personal injuries and damages.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries can strike in any setting. However, car, truck, motorcycle, or slip and fall accidents are most likely cause them. Common catastrophic injuries sustained by accident victims in Maryland include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Permanent scars (especially facial scars)
Spinal cord injuries typically involve nerve damage that can result in full or partial paralysis and other limitations, depending on the nature and extent of the damage sustained. Spinal cord injury victims may require long periods of rehabilitation and therapy, including vocational or occupational therapy, to achieve a full (or even partial) recoveries. In the most severe spinal cord injury cases, accident victims may require around-the-clock lifetime care at nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
Proving Catastrophic Injuries
To prove a catastrophic injury in Maryland, the plaintiff must demonstrate that someone else’s negligence caused the injury. Catastrophic injury cases are sometimes difficult to prove because Maryland insurance companies tend to dispute the nature and severity of these injuries.
Insurance company adjusters typically look for every opportunity to downplay the severity of a plaintiff’s catastrophic injuries—and in some cases, to deny insurance coverage altogether. Insurance companies and defense attorneys will subpoena all of the plaintiff’s prior medical treatment records and imaging studies and look for evidence of prior illnesses, preexisting medical conditions, and degenerative changes on imaging studies, to try to explain away the significance of the plaintiff’s current injuries.
A skilled Maryland catastrophic injury lawyer will use medical experts to confirm that your accident caused or worsened your injuries and maximize your compensation.
Damages Available in Maryland Catastrophic Injury Cases
Catastrophic injury plaintiffs in Maryland may recover monetary compensation for the following damages:
- Medical and physical therapy bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Past, present, and future pain and suffering
- Future medical procedures
- Past, present, and future emotional distress and mental anguish
- Psychological or psychiatric injuries and treatment (such as for PTSD)
- Loss of companionship, consortium, or spousal support
- Long-term or lifetime care at a nursing home or assisted living facility
Contact a Maryland Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Today for an Initial Consultation
If you or someone you love sustained a catastrophic injury in a Maryland car, truck, motorcycle, or slip-and-fall accident, the law may entitle you to monetary compensation. To schedule a free case evaluation and case evaluation with a Maryland catastrophic injury lawyer at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, please call our office at (301) 812-4777 or contact us online today.