Have you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury in an accident in Baltimore, MD? If someone else caused you to get hurt, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, the significant pain and suffering you endured, your past and future loss of earnings, and more.
Maryland has unique rules for fault and liability. An experienced Baltimore catastrophic injury lawyer at William G. Kolodner P.A. can ensure your claim is correctly documented, and ultimately help you recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Call our Baltimore, Maryland law office to set up a free case evaluation to get started today.
How Our Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You Pursue Compensation For Your Catastrophic Trauma
At William G. Kolodner P.A., we want the best for you. We have been handling personal injury claims in Baltimore since 1977 and offer every client experience, knowledge, and a long history of proven case results.
We know how significant the outcome of a personal injury case is on your future – not just in the weeks and months ahead, but over the course of your lifetime.
We are different than other law firms that just settle cases and focus on a large volume of settlements.
When you hire our Baltimore personal injury attorneys, you will receive the benefit of:
- Personalized service: We do not delegate our work to inexperienced associates or hand off workload to paralegals.
- The best resources: Whenever necessary or beneficial, we will consult with our network of leading experts in Maryland, including medical specialists and accident reconstructionists, to determine causation or establish damages.
- Aggressive advocacy: It is very common for insurance companies to blame victims for their own injuries. In Maryland, even if an accident victim is 1% at fault for an accident, they will be barred from recovering any compensation. We will vigorously defend these attempts to devalue your claim or settle for low amounts.
We know that when you hire us, you are trusting us to be your voice with insurance companies, corporations, and aggressive adversaries. The arguments we make, and the results we achieve, will directly impact your future and quality of life.
Since we have more than 40 years of experience in Baltimore, we have an established rapport with other attorneys, insurance companies, local courts, and judges. We will not have to spend time researching how to handle your case, we will be able to immediately dive in, and begin working on the necessary tasks of your case. Call us to learn more with a free consultation today.
What Are Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries in Baltimore?
When we refer to catastrophic injuries, we are talking about the most severe and life-changing injuries, often to the spine, spinal cord, brain, or those injuries causing multiple broken bones or limb amputations.
Catastrophic injuries are usually associated with very lengthy recoveries, permanent disability, or death.
At William G. Kolodner P.A., we represent people with catastrophic injuries involving:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
One of the most devastating injuries someone can endure is a blunt force to the head. Brain injuries can result from traffic accidents, sporting accidents, or physical assaults. We have seen brain injuries result from negligent supervision at schools and daycares, and from falls in nursing homes.
Losing a limb is a life-changing injury, and the average lifetime costs for amputation patients exceeds $500,000. An amputation may be traumatic, where the limb is severed in the accident, medically necessary after a severe accident, or the result of gross medical malpractice or negligence. Along with permanent disfigurement, amputees can expect a lifetime of dealing with their injuries.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. This traumatic injury often causes permanent changes in strength and feeling below the site of the injury. Loss of movement, altered sensation, loss of bowel and bladder control, and difficulty breathing can all contribute to devastating permanent disability
Some broken fractures are relatively minor injuries. However, when a person suffers multiple broken bones, crushed or shattered bones, surgical intervention and stabilization may be required. Recovering can take months, without the ability to bear any weight. And unfortunately, some breaks never heal correctly.
Severe Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are one of the most painful injuries someone can endure, and many people report the wound care and recovery is even more painful than the actual trauma itself. Without medical treatment, burn injuries are subject to dangerous infections and life-threatening complications.
Other types of injuries that may be deemed catastrophic are eye injuries and blindness, damage to internal organs, and diseases such as leukemia resulting from benzene exposure.
Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
A catastrophic injury can result from any severe accident. At our law firm, our catastrophic injury lawyers have represented victims of severe accidents, animal attacks, and violent assaults. Some of the types of accidents we handle that may result in a catastrophic injury include:
- Boating accidents
- Building collapses
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bites
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Uber accidents
- Wrongful death
When a catastrophic injury occurs, the medical bills are higher, the earnings lost are higher, and the pain and suffering are much higher. When you pursue a claim, the stakes are high.
A personal injury claim involving a catastrophic injury is more likely to go to trial than a claim involving a minor injury. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer advocating for your injuries will ensure you receive the fair compensation that you deserve not just right now, but for the rest of your life.
What Damages Are Available in a Baltimore, MD Catastrophic Injury Claim?
One of the most frequently asked questions people ask in a personal injury claim is “how much is my claim worth?”
If we represent you, we will pursue all available avenues of compensation from all liable parties. Because catastrophic injuries have long-lasting and far-reaching effects, injuries, damage, and impact are significant.
We will fight to recover compensation and damages for:
- Ambulance transport
- Medical follow-up visits
- Nursing care
- Pharmaceutical medications
- Medical devices and home modifications
- Chronic pain
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity.
When you report an accident to an insurance company, they will quickly be able to identify that an accident caused severe injuries. It is common for insurance companies to quickly accept liability and responsibility to present an offer to settle the case quickly.
Although the initial aftermath of an accident may cause financial strain, accepting any initial offer will mean giving up all rights to compensation in the future.
For example, accepting an offer for $50,000 when an accident claim may be worth $1,000,000, may mean forfeiting $950,000 that you could have potentially recovered. Even though every case is different with unique circumstances, insurance companies will always want to resolve claims for as little as possible.
Do not accept any compensation for a personal injury claim without speaking to a knowledgeable and qualified personal injury first. At William G. Kolodner, we can review your accident, injuries, and potential case to determine how much your case may be worth.
Who’s Liable For My Catastrophic Injuries After an Accident in Baltimore?
If another party is negligent and causes you to be severely injured, or causes loss of life, they may be liable in a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Examples of parties that may be liable include:
- Careless or reckless drivers
- Companies and corporations
- Commercial vehicle operators
- Property owners
- Insurance companies
If you were injured in a car accident and someone was driving a company-owned vehicle, their employer may be liable for your injuries or loved one’s deaths.
What’s the Statute of Limitations for Catastrophic Injury Cases in Maryland?
Maryland, like all states, has a specific time period to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. If you are injured in a car accident, slip and fall accident, construction accident, or by a dangerous and defective product, you have only a limited window of time to file a lawsuit. This is referred to as a statute of limitations. In most cases, a claim must be filed within three years of the date of the injury, or within three years of the person’s death.
Get a Free Consultation with a Baltimore Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
If you are facing a catastrophic injury, we know you have questions about your options and what’s next. Our Baltimore catastrophic injury lawyers are available 24/7 to take your call and provide legal guidance, support, and resources. Phone and video consultations are available.
If we represent you in your personal injury case, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you. It is never too early to contact a lawyer, so do not delay in reaching out to us to discuss your case. We handle cases throughout Maryland, including Baltimore, Frederick, Annapolis, and Hagerstown.