Whenever anyone suffers a personal injury, it causes hardship and heartache. Catastrophic injuries are those that are life changing and alter a victim’s quality of life. Some of the most common catastrophic injuries are:
- Severe burns. Catastrophic burn injury can affect both the epidermis and the dermis, the layer of fat beneath the skin, and could even potentially reach the bones, muscles, and organs. Burn injury victims not only suffer severe scarring and disfigurement, but permanent nerve damage, impaired range of motion, and chronic pain. In many cases, victims are unable to fully heal from their injuries, though medications, skin grafts, physical therapy, and surgery can help.
- Traumatic brain injuries. Blunt force trauma to the head is typically the most common cause of a traumatic brain injury, which could cause swelling, bleeding, inflammation of the brain, and severe bruising. These types of injuries can produce both serious short-term and long-term effects. Some of the long-term symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include cognitive impairment, trouble understanding language, memory loss, mood swings, depression, and impaired senses.
- Spinal cord injuries. The spinal cord is incredibly delicate and important, given that it sends signals between the brain and the rest of the body. Therefore an injury to this part of the body can result in devastating consequences, including a complete or partial loss of movement and sensation.
- Traumatic orthopedic injuries. This covers a vast array of orthopedic injuries, such as severe fractures and dislocations that require multiple corrective surgeries. In some cases, such injuries might even necessitate the need for amputation of the injured limb. Other long-term effects include nerve damage, limited range of motion, pain, and stiffness.
If your loved one suffered a catastrophic injury, don’t delay contacting a New Haven personal injury lawyer. Our experienced team will help protect your loved one’s long term interests.