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What is a catastrophic injury?

On Behalf of | Apr 27, 2022 | Firm News

Personal injury of any kind involves varying degrees of pain, discomfort and recovery. Whether moderate or severe, rehabilitation often takes a significant investment of time and money before the harmed individual is able to resume his or her regular routine.

In some cases, however, injuries may impact a victim’s life on a more permanent basis, making it difficult to maintain the same quality of life he or she once enjoyed.

Catastrophic injuries

A catastrophic injury involves permanent physical damage or alteration. This includes:

  • Brain and spinal cord damage
  • Severe bone fractures
  • Amputations
  • Organ damage
  • Significant burns
  • Chemical exposure

Catastrophic injuries are often the result of an accident, such as a car accident, work incident or manufacturer error or defect. These injuries permanently alter the victim’s life and often prevent him or her from maintaining meaningful employment, engaging in particular hobbies or sustaining the same relationships and social involvement that existed before the accident.

Accidents and recovery

Every catastrophic injury brings a host of challenges to the victim’s new normal. Medical costs, mobility devices, reconstructive procedures and additional personal care measures add logistical, emotional and financial burdens in the immediate wake of an accident.

In addition to the loss of physical form or function, these accidents may result in a lifetime of lost earnings, extensive medical bills and increased emotional pain and suffering.

When a catastrophic injury occurs due to an accident caused by the behavior or negligence of another party, the victim may seek compensation for the resulting losses and damages.