Even minor wounds can have unpleasant repercussions, but some injuries are so severe that they’re classified as “catastrophic.” A catastrophic injury is any type of injury that causes permanent or life-altering damage. Car crashes, serious slip and fall incidents, work-related disasters, and medical malpractice incidents are just a few of the many causes of catastrophic injuries. The types of wounds or illnesses that result from these sorts of accidents are often life-threatening or difficult to recover from, and they usually cause the injured person and their family a great deal of distress.
Catastrophic injuries can vary greatly in nature, but they all have one thing in common—the injuries leave a lasting imprint on the injured person’s life. If you or someone you love was seriously harmed in an accident, make sure you know how to determine if the injuries are catastrophic and discover what you should do next.
The Characteristics of a Catastrophic Injury
For an injury to be considered catastrophic, it must have caused the injured person some type of life-altering damage. The damage can be physical in nature, and may include anything that affects the person’s mental and physical facilities, including any problem that affects their ability to work or care for themselves.
Common examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Injuries that result in paralysis or quadriplegia
- Severe burn injuries
- Injuries that result in severe scarring
Potential Damages for a Catastrophic Injury
In personal injury law, the severity of the injury plays an enormous role in determining how the injured party seeks compensation. Someone with a catastrophic injury is usually eligible for far greater benefits than someone who suffered a less serious injury.
The repercussions of a catastrophic injury are life-changing, which means the after effects of the accident can lead to extreme emotional hardship for the injured individual and their family, not to mention the financial strain. Depending on the nature of the injury, someone with a catastrophic injury may require frequent doctor’s visits, expensive medications, years of physical therapy, ongoing surgeries, or live-in nurse care.
By taking action against the liable party, you could seek compensation for past and future medical expenses and any lost wages. If you suffered serious physical pain because of the injury, or if the injury caused severe mental or emotional anguish for either yourself or your family, you could also seek compensation for your suffering.
If you or someone you love suffered a catastrophic injury, contact Klein Frank, P.C. to get started today.