Catastrophic Injury

Defining Catastrophic Injury

By definition, catastrophic injuries are life-changing injuries that usually occur suddenly and without warning. They have long-term implications, which may not be apparent until years later after the accident occurred. Victims of catastrophic injury and their families who wish to pursue legal action should work with an attorney experienced in complex injury litigation. For victims who are unable to return to work, as is most often the case with catastrophic injuries, an award from a personal injury claim may be the victim’s only source of future income. This makes choosing the right attorney a very important decision.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries include all types of injuries that occur suddenly and cause long-term or permanent injury. It is common for catastrophic injuries to damage the central nervous system, which may in turn damage other bodily systems. Examples of catastrophic injuries are accidental amputation or dismemberment injury, brain injury, eye injury, foot injury, multiple bone fractures, serious head trauma, severe burn injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Catastrophic injuries like brain injuries and spinal cord injuries are serious, complex injuries that usually have long-term or life-long implications. Victims of catastrophic injuries will likely require long-term medical care, and may never be able to work again. In addition to the physical pain and emotional impact of catastrophic injuries, the financial consequences may be overwhelming. An injury claim can provide compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Treatment of Catastrophic Injuries

Proper medical attention is essential for all catastrophically injured victims. Beyond initial medical care, victims may require frequent doctor visits and follow-up surgeries in the years to come, depending on the extent of the injury. During the pre-litigation process, an attorney will work with doctors, life care planners, and other medical experts to establish the extent of the victim’s injuries and determine their future medical needs. Understanding the complete effects of an injury is essential in ensuring a victim is fully and fairly compensated.

Catastrophic Injury Compensation

Proving the extent of an injury can be a challenge. When another party is at fault and negligently causes an injury, a personal injury claim can ensure financial assistance for medical treatment costs, along with lost wages, and perhaps most significantly, the pain and suffering a victim and their family is forced to endure. An experienced attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Look for a lawyer who specializes in complex injury cases, and has a proven record of success.


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