Merriam-Webster defines a catastrophe as “a momentous tragic event ranging from extreme misfortune to utter overthrow or ruin.” For those who have suffered catastrophic injuries, this definition might understate the permanent changes that they’ve had to make in their lives because of injuries.
When personal injury lawyers and courts discuss catastrophic injuries, they often refer to any permanent injury or condition that prevents a person from seeking gainful employment. This can refer to injured adults who cannot return to their job or to injured children who will never have an opportunity to pursue a career.
When you take away a person’s ability to contribute to society and his or her household, it can also lead to severe mental anguish, emotional struggles, and financial burdens for victims and their families. Catastrophic injuries caused by the negligence, carelessness, or intentional harm of another party add more layers of emotional pain.
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, Massachusetts law permits you to seek compensation for damages related to your injury. If you suffered catastrophic injuries in Brockton, our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you recover compensation. Contact the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan at (508) 588-0422 to discuss the circumstances of your injury and determine the best course of action for your individual situation.
About the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan
The skilled legal team at the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan has decades of experience negotiating, settling, and litigating personal injury cases for their clients.
The firm’s commitment to professional excellence and client service has led to the recovery of millions of dollars in damages from settlements and verdicts in favor of the plaintiff. The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan cannot guarantee an outcome for your catastrophic injury claim, but the firm will diligently pursue the best results possible for your situation.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries We Handle
Many different types of injuries can be catastrophic. Some of the most common are listed below:
Direct or indirect traumas to the head can lead to a TBI. Concussions, which are mild TBIs, typically heal on their own in a few months, but symptoms and struggles from a severe TBI can last a lifetime. The exact symptoms that a TBI victim suffers from depend on what part of the brain was damaged and how badly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that severe TBIs can cause serious, long-term complications for victims in four different areas.
- Challenges with cognitive functions, such as remembering and focusing
- Difficulties with motor functions, like balance, coordination, and movement in general
- Loss of sensation or increased sensation, which impacts vision, hearing, touch, and spatial judgment
- Struggles with behavior, such as increased aggression, depression, anxiety, behavioral control, and personality changes
When any of these complications prevent a victim from working, a TBI turns from severe to catastrophic.
Permanent Vegetative State (PVS)
The worst-case scenario for someone who suffers a TBI is the risk of falling into a permanent vegetative state (PVS). This condition devastates families who will never get to interact with their loved ones in the same way again. Those in a PVS can breathe, sleep, wake, and open and close their eyes, but not much else. Doctors make the diagnosis based on a patient’s lack of awareness. This catastrophic injury requires full-time, around-the-clock care for victims until death, which is costly and can bankrupt some families. If your family member is in a PVS, you deserve compensation to provide the care that he or she needs.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
In most cases, spinal cord injuries fall under the umbrella of catastrophic injuries, especially when the injury occurs in the upper part of the spinal column. The brain sends signals to the body’s nerves through the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries that occur closer to the brain prevent most signals from traveling where they need to go throughout the body, often resulting in full paralysis, formally known as tetraplegia. Minor spinal cord injuries might only cause temporary loss of function, which will return as the injury heals; but, severe tears or cuts that won’t completely heal result in permanent loss of function. Many spinal cord injury victims must use a wheelchair for life and might have to use special computer technology to communicate.
Doctors perform amputations as a last resort to prevent death because of an infection spreading throughout the rest of the body. Most amputations occur as a result of a construction accident or a traffic accident, but other situations might also lead to an amputation. Losing a limb isn’t always a catastrophic injury, because once healed, many amputees can still work, especially with the aid of prosthetics. Yet, amputations won’t allow victims to partake in some occupations, and those who did large amounts of manual labor before injury will likely not be able to return to the same type of work. Amputees face months, sometimes years, of recovery. The emotional trauma of losing a limb adds a layer of anguish, distress, and pain on top of the physical pain of injury and recovery.
Get the Legal Help You Need from Our Brockton Catastrophic Injury Lawyers
The skilled legal team at the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan understands the challenges you must cope with if you or your loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury. We are here to help you through this difficult time and fight so that you can get compensation for the economic and non-economic losses you have incurred as a result of the injury. If you live in Brockton, or anywhere in Massachusetts, contact us online or call (508) 588-0422 to discuss the details of your case.