Category: Medical

What Is A Catastrophic Injury?

A catastrophic injury is an injury from a car or motor vehicle accident that results in complete blindness, amputation, paralysis, brain impairment, mental disorders, or behavioural disorders.

These types of injuries can be detrimental to one’s life and can also be a large burden financially. However, if the proper steps are taken, a victim with a catastrophic injury can be compensated sufficiently and have the expenses of rehabilitation, medical attention, attendant care and so on covered.

Here is a list of injuries that are commonly considered to be a catastrophic injury:

  1. Complete vision loss in both eyes
  2. Amputation or an injury that results in total or partial loss of use of a body part
  3. Paraplegia or quadriplegia that results in total or partial loss of use of a body part
  4. Brain impairment
  5. An impairment or impairments that result in a 55% or greater impairment of the body
  6. An impairment that results in a class 4 or 5 impairment due to mental or behavioural disorder

In order to receive the compensation deserved from a catastrophic injury during a motor vehicle accident, here are the steps that should be taken to properly handle the situation:

  1. Call the police
  2. Record the persons involved contact information and if possible take pictures of the scene
  3. Seek medical attention
  4. Get in touch with a personal injury lawyer immediately
  5. Notify your insurance company
  6. Find out if you have health insurance coverage
  7. Attend the necessary appointments or assessments
  8. Save all documents and information
  9. Record ongoing health changes

If you or someone you know has experienced a catastrophic injury but are unsure what steps to take next it’s critical that you speak with Natalie Clarke. She will be able to provide guidance and success in seeking justice, compensation, benefits, and treatment for the injury.

The Clarke Law Team Can Help You Take Action for Your Medical Malpractice Case

Medical-MalpracticeGiving birth to a child is a beautiful moment in anyone’s life, however there can sometimes be crucial mistakes done by the hospital. These type of mistakes can cause medical issues can be devastating for the mother, or child.

These type of cases are a fairly common occurrence, and can happen because of negligence on the facilities end. Even if the hospital claims that the physician did everything in their power to prevent an injury from happening, it could have been a lack of knowledge or experience that prevented them from doing the delivery correctly. What most people don’t know even after being told this, is that they may still have grounds for a case.

Our Toronto-based lawyer, Natalie Clarke, specializes in birth injuries has worked through some very complex situations before as these sort of cases are hardly ever black and white. Even though the cases range anything from bleeding & bruising all the way to spinal bruising, there are some situations that prove to be much more difficult. The key to finding a solution to these cases is having a specialist like Natalie Clark who works with specialists, and understands the difficulties that come with situations. Some of the most common cases include:

  • Shoulder dystocia

  • Uterine rupture (VBAC)

  • Umbilical cord compression

  • Fetal distress

  • Improper fetal monitoring

  • Emergency delivery

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Twins and multiple births

  • In vitro fertilization

If you think that you or your child might have been a victim of one of the following injuries please don’t hesitate to Natalie, who will guide you through this difficult time.