About Catastrophic Injuries
Lakeland Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Dean Burnetti provides professional Catastrophic Accident and Injury Attorney legal services in Polk County, including: Lakeland, Auburndale, Bartow, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Haines City, Highland Park, Hillcrest Heights, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Mulberry, Polk City, and Winter Haven; in Highlands County, including: Avon Park, Lake Placid, Lorida, Sebring, Venus, Placid Lake, and Sylvan Shores; and in Hardee County, including: Bowling Green, Ona, Wauchula, Zolfo Springs, Gardner, and Limestone; and all of the Greater Central Florida Area.
The term “catastrophic injury” refers to severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain. The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research classifies catastrophic injuries based on the following three outcomes associated with them:
- Fatal catastrophic injuries or catastrophic injuries that result in death.
- Catastrophic injuries that cause severe permanent functional disability.
- Catastrophic injuries causing immediate severe head or neck trauma without permanent disability.
Spinal Cord Injuries
There are two categories that identify the types of spinal cord injuries: Incomplete and Complete. Both categories are broad, though each encompasses more specific types of spinal injuries that define the degree of function the victim may lose.
With an incomplete spinal cord injury, the cord is partially severed. Having only a partial detachment means that it is possible for the victim to regain function, either to some degree or completely. The amount of function the victim retains depends on the severity of the injury to the spinal cord as well as other injuries.
More than 60% of all spinal cord injuries are incomplete, meaning the spinal cord is not completely severed. This is a large decrease of complete spinal cord injuries because of advances in medicine which allows doctors as well as first responders to have increased knowledge about what to do with a suspected spinal cord injury.
Knowing the location of the spinal injury and whether or not the spinal cord is completely severed of if the injury is incomplete allows the victim to achieve the best prognosis. While there are many types of incomplete or partial spinal cord injuries, the most common ones are: Anterior Cord Syndrome, Brown-Sequard Syndrome, Central Cord Syndrome, Tetraplegia, Paraplegia, Triplegia, and Injuries below the lumbar area.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A Traumatic Brain Injury is a complex injury that results from either a violent blow or jolt to the victim’s head or body, or from an object, including a shattered piece of skull, that penetrates the victim’s brain tissue.
A mild traumatic brain injury might only affect the victim’s brain cells for a short time. But a serious traumatic brain injury can result in long-term complications or even death.
Traumatic brain injuries may cause symptoms to appear immediately following the traumatic event, though sometimes, symptoms do not appear until days or weeks after the trauma.
The American Burn Association reports that an estimated 450,000 people in the United States seek medical attention for burns each year. This statistic does not account for burn injuries treated in hospital clinics, private medical offices, or community health centers. Of these 450,000 annual burn injuries, 3,400 of them turn out to be fatal!
Severe burns are often classified as “catastrophic injuries” because of the permanent effect they can have on the victim. Burns can result in skin damage, nerve damage, and tissue damage. Burns can also penetrate to areas beneath the skin, damaging muscle, fat, bones, and even organs.
Severe burns can lead to complications, such as respiratory problems, infections, shock, and even amputation or death. Surface burns can cause painful blisters on the skin, loss of skin or hair, disfigurement, inflammation, physical scars, and excruciating pain.
A burn victim may be physically impaired for life or out of work for months, may require surgery or multiple surgeries, may need mobility equipment, months of grueling physical therapy, and may suffer severe mental trauma from the event.
No matter how you were injured or if a loved one was killed in a catastrophic incident and you aren’t sure what your options are, the attorneys and staff at Dean Burnetti Law are familiar with every aspect of your case. They are eager to navigate the legal system for you as you travel down the road to physical and financial recovery. Call Dean Burnetti Law at 863-287-6388 today to schedule your free and confidential consultation.
The attorneys and staff at Dean Burnetti Law are familiar with every aspect of Catastrophic Injuries, including spinal cord damage, brain damage, burn injuries, and even death. Our team is highly qualified and waiting to serve you.
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