While some people may refer to an injury as “catastrophic,” legal circles apply the term “catastrophic injury” far more sparingly. In personal injury law, certain types of injuries may be categorized as “catastrophic” if they are extremely severe or life-altering in nature. If an injury is so significant that it affects the person’s quality of life, impedes their ability to work, or affects their appearance significantly, it may qualify as catastrophic.
Dealing with a catastrophic injury is no easy feat, which is why it’s important for those who suffer catastrophic injuries to seek justice and compensation. To ascertain whether your injuries are catastrophic in nature, take a look at these common examples of catastrophic injuries.
Catastrophic injuries may include:
- Spinal Injuries: Injuries that affect the spine can result in paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and other serious damage. In many cases, these lead to nerve damage and affect the person’s motor skills, communication skills, and more.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: Brain injuries are never something to be scoffed at—even seemingly minor concussions can be extremely damaging. More significant brain damage, however, can result in memory loss, personality changes, loss of motor skills, nerve damage, impeded vision, hearing loss, and more.
- Burns: Severe burns can cause chronic pain, affect muscle movement, and can cause significant nerve damage. If the burns cause significant scarring, they can also lead to emotional trauma and other types of distress.
- Amputation injuries: Loss of limb can be quite impactful and will undoubtedly affect a person’s daily life. The injured person may be forced to find a new career, and they may need to relearn how to perform daily tasks in a new way.
If you or someone you love suffered a catastrophic injury due to someone else’s negligence or mistake, make sure you know your legal options. Catastrophic injuries can occur anywhere, including car accidents, truck accidents, sports accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice incidents, and more. Whatever caused your injury, our firm is here to help you obtain justice and maximum compensation.
Contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today for help with your case. We provide free initial consultations.