What Classifies As A Catastrophic Injury?

If you have been injured in an accident, it is important to understand the different legal definitions of your injuries. In certain instances, the nature of the injury will determine the amount of damages to which you may be entitled.

Understanding the Difference Between Serious and Catastrophic Injuries

A severe injury can occur in numerous ways. It may occur, for instance, due to a car accident, medical malpractice, slip and fall, or truck accident.

These injuries may result in significant medical expenses and time lost from work. Nevertheless, complete recovery is usually possible.

A catastrophic injury, in contrast, is more severe, life-altering, and life-threatening. No precise definition exists for catastrophic injury. However, catastrophic injuries frequently result in impairment, disability, or disfigurement. A disability may occur if you are unable to work as a result of a change in your cognitive or physical capabilities. After sustaining a catastrophic injury, you may need frequent medical care and monitoring.

Disfigurement is a significant alteration to one’s physical appearance. This may involve visible scarring or amputation.

Catastrophic injuries will significantly diminish your quality of life. After sustaining a catastrophic injury, you may be unable to work, engage in hobbies, maintain intimate relationships, or participate in normal family functions.

What Are the Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries?

There are many forms of catastrophic injuries. Here are several of the most prevalent:

A spinal cord injury causes permanent alterations in strength, sensation, and other body functions below the injury site.

A spinal cord injury can vary in severity. Complete spinal cord injuries are characterised by the loss of all function below the injury site. Incomplete injuries result in some loss of function, but mobility may be preserved.

Individuals with a spinal cord injury may require the use of a wheelchair. They may lose control of their bowels or experience a total loss of function below the injury site.

Often, traumatic brain injuries are the result of a violent blow to the head. A bullet or other object that penetrates the skull and enters the brain tissue can also cause a traumatic brain injury.

People who sustain these types of injuries may experience cognitive decline. They might be unable to communicate or think logically. They may experience mood or concentration issues.

Severe traumatic brain injuries can lead to coma and other disorders.

It is not uncommon for individuals involved in car accidents or other accidents to have a limb amputated. Amputation will result in the complete removal of a finger, toe, leg, or arm.

Accident victims requiring amputation may experience phantom pain or be unable to care for themselves as they once did. Amputation victims may sometimes be provided with prosthetic limbs.

Typically, severe burns are classified as third-degree burns. Typically, they will destroy the epidermis and may penetrate the subcutaneous layer.

Burns of the fourth degree can extend to the bones, muscles, and nerve endings. These types of burns are typically excruciatingly painful and require long-term medical care.

One or more internal organs, such as the lungs or heart, can be damaged by serious accidents. The organ may require surgery to aid in its recovery and repair.

Depending on the nature of the injury, complete recovery may be impossible. In such circumstances, the individual may be required to live without an organ or receive a transplant in order to survive.

What to Do After a Catastrophic Injury

Catastrophic injuries can be devastating for the victim, his or her loved ones, and their acquaintances. Claims for catastrophic injuries are among the most valuable in personal injury law. After sustaining a catastrophic injury, you will likely incur substantial past and future medical expenses. You will undoubtedly experience wage loss and possibly a reduction in your earning potential. In addition, you will incur significant damages for pain and suffering.

Consequently, it may be beneficial to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A lawyer can evaluate your case, assist you in negotiating with insurance companies, and file a lawsuit on your behalf to recover damages. They can assist you in obtaining the funds necessary to move forward after an injury.

Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm

Contact Abrams Law Group for a free consultation if you’ve been hurt in an accident and require legal assistance.

Abrams Law Group
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Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 997-9797

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