What Is Considered a Catastrophic Injury in Maryland?

When an injury happens suddenly and without warning and leaves the victim with life-changing impacts and long-term consequences, that injury constitutes a catastrophic injury. A catastrophic injury can come in many forms. For more information about a catastrophic injury in Maryland, please continue reading, then contact one of our experienced Prince George’s County personal injury attorneys today.

What are the causes of catastrophic injury in Maryland?

The causes of catastrophic injuries are seemingly limitless, but some of the most common are as follows:

  • Car accidents
  • Trucking accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Sports accidents
  • On-the-job accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Trampoline accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Fires and explosions
  • Defective products
  • Medical malpractice
  • Horseback riding accidents
  • Falls from heights
  • Violent crime
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Jet ski accidents

What are the different types of catastrophic injury in Maryland?

Although many people think of paraplegia and quadriplegia as common catastrophic injuries, they are just the beginning. By their very nature, catastrophic injuries often happen swiftly and without prior warning. One second your life is fine, the next it is upside down. The following are just a few different types of catastrophic injury:

  • Birth injury
  • Amputation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Loss of hearing or sight
  • Eye injury
  • Facial injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Paralysis
  • Brain injury
  • Neurological damage
  • Crush injury

What are the likelihoods of neck, spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries?

No discussion of catastrophic injury cases and types would be complete without neck, spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. These are among the most commonly seen forms of catastrophic injuries, especially after car accidents involving semi-trucks and big rigs, but each can be caused by a variety of reasons. For example, bicyclists and pedestrians are at an increased risk of suffering from neck, spinal cord or traumatic brain injury during collisions with cars. Depending on the severity of the injury, victims could be facing permanent physical, mental and/or emotional debilitation. All catastrophic injuries could saddle victims with basic cognitive and emotional problems or severe and disabling lifelong impacts on their daily lives.

While victims of traumatic brain injury may appear fine on the outside, they may not be able to recognize their loved ones. Additionally, they may have to be retaught how to do ordinary tasks like brushing their teeth or feeding themselves. All of these catastrophic injuries can be incredibly difficult for families, because the victims may have medical issues that make them difficult to cope with and care for.

If you or a loved one has sustained a catastrophic injury of any sort, please do not hesitate to contact one of our skilled Hyattsville, Maryland personal injury attorneys. We can help prepare and prosecute a case for compensation on your behalf.


If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC. We provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C., and all of Maryland. 

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