What does the law consider a “catastrophic injury” and why does it matter?


May 08, 2017

Personal injury lawsuits involve a broad range of scenarios in which an individual is injured in an accident. Many common types of cases, such as those involving car accidents, medical malpractice and slip and falls all are within this category. Injuries that are considered "catastrophic" can occur in any of these situations, and they are most often from situations such as auto accidents, falls, such as those that occur at construction sites and explosions. 

Catastrophic injuries are ones that involve extremely serious injuries that will likely have long term, if not lifelong impacts on the injured person. Some injuries that might be considered catastrophic include injuries that lead to partial or complete paralysis, the loss of a limb, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and injuries that cause disfigurement. These types of injuries may prevent a person from being able to continue their work, or any work at all, they might lead to the need for ongoing medical treatment for years or indefinitely, or lead to the need for multiple surgical procedures, or otherwise extremely long and difficult recovery processes. Unlike standard injuries, catastrophic injuries are life changing and debilitating.

Naturally, catastrophic injuries usually will involve more costly medical care, and often lead to the loss of work, causing the injured person to require financial support. As a result, the damages in personal injury cases involving catastrophic injuries are often much higher than the damages in other personal injury cases.  Our attorneys understand how devastating such injuries can be for victims and their families.  Our firm fights hard on behalf of our clients to recover for them badly-needed compensation, including compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, permanent disability, Pain & Suffering, punitive damages if the defendant's conduct rose to the level of gross negligence, and more.

Claims involving catastrophic injuries can be highly complex. The medical information involved is extremely important and the economic considerations will involve in depth predictions about the cost of future medical care that the patient will require, as well as their costs of living if they are unable to work. If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury, the impact on your life can be overwhelming, and you might find yourself wondering what your options are and how you can get the help that you need. Contact our attorneys today to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights.

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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.