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What is a Catastrophic Injury?

April 10, 2016

In an instant, your life can change forever after a car accident. Car accidents can result in catastrophic injuries that have permanent consequences. Our Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, offer the following look at what constitutes a catastrophic injury and what you can do if you sustain such an injury in a car accident.

Defining Catastrophic Injuries

A catastrophic injury is defined as an injury so severe that the victim cannot resume the life they led before the car crash or other accident. Catastrophic injuries will often occur in just minutes, but they have long-lasting effects. Some examples of catastrophic injuries include, among others:

• Loss of hearing or vision
• Severe traumatic brain injury
• Amputation of limbs
• Damage to internal organs that require long-term care, such as a pacemaker or dialysis
• Spinal cord damage causing some degree of paralysis
• Bone fractures causing permanent mobility problems
• Nerve damage that impacts physical movement or sensations
• Severe burns causing disfigurement or impacting physical movements

The defining characteristic of a catastrophic injury is its permanent or at least long-term and substantial impact on your life and livelihood. These are injuries that will not resolve after a hospital stay or even extended treatment. Catastrophic injuries often impact nearly every aspect of the victim's life.

Car Accidents Are A Major Cause of Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries can occur due to a wide variety of accidents. Motor vehicle collisions are undoubtedly one of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries. The sheer force involved in a serious accident can injure the victim permanently. Paralysis, head trauma, amputation, and more can result from an automobile accident. Crashes caused by speed, distraction, driver intoxication or failure to adhere to traffic signals are more likely than others to inflict catastrophic injuries.

Other causes of catastrophic injuries include falls, which can be slip and falls or falls from heights, sports injuries, violence, drownings or workplace accidents.

Help for Catastrophic Injury Sufferers

If you were catastrophically injured in a car accident or another sort of accident involving negligence, you should obtain experienced legal assistance to protect your legal rights. These accidents can involve considerable medical expenses and can severely limit your ability to work. You and your family will likely be adversely affected by your catastrophic injuries and will need financial support that could potentially be gained through a personal injury claim. Injured plaintiffs with a strong case could recover for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Your right to recover will depend upon your specific case and your personal injury attorney can provide you with individualized advice.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 39 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 39 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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Category: Personal Injury

Please Note:
All information provided by our blogs is general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Consult a Montlick attorney for details about your unique situation.