The American Medical Association has defined a catastrophic injury as one which causes severe damage to the brain, spine, or spinal cord. This may also include fractures to the skull or spine. Various types of accidents can cause catastrophic injuries. The most common ones include:
Car accidents: Automobile accidents are the number one cause of spinal injuries. In 2014 they resulted in 2,402 injuries in women and 7,205 injuries in men nationwide.
Motorcycle accidents: Although there are far fewer motorcyclists on the road than car drivers, they are at a greater risk of catastrophic injury because they do not have the external protection that vehicle drivers have.
Bicycle accidents: Bicycle accidents can cause severe trauma, particularly when the cyclist is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. This is why it is important to always wear a helmet.
Pedestrian injuries: We are all aware that distracted drivers and drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol put pedestrians at risk, but you may be surprised to know that pedestrians often put themselves at risk when distracted by their phone or other device.
Falls: You can suffer a fall no matter what your age or agility. A fall may occur in the workplace, as a result of a medical event, such as fainting, or simply due to misnavigation.
Diving injuries: A cervical spine injury is the most common catastrophic injury caused by diving into a swimming pool.
Gunshot wounds: Every year, thousands of Americans suffer gunshot wounds. While not all gunshot wounds are fatal, many can cause a catastrophic injury.
Falling objects: It’s not uncommon to be injured by a falling object while you are at work, particularly if you work in a dangerous environment such as a construction site.
Surgical complications: Medical errors, surgical complications, such as infection, and incorrect post-surgical care can result in catastrophic injuries.
Person-to-Person Contact: In most cases this type of catastrophic injury involves an altercation with another individual, though it may also be a result of playing contact sports.
If you have been the victim of a catastrophic injury in Alabama, you are probably feeling traumatized and uncertain of what steps to take. You need the reassurance and assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer, one who can explain to you what you rights are and how you can pursue claims for damages. Our Birmingham serious injury attorneys at the Guster Law Firm, LLC can do just that. Contact us now at (205) 386-6844 for a free consultation. We can help you get your life back on track.