When you have been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, it almost always feels catastrophic. Under the law, however, whether a personal injury is classified as “catastrophic” is determined based on numerous factors. There is no legal definition of a catastrophic injury that is accepted universally, but there are a few working definitions which are accepted in most legal situations. This makes it easier for attorneys and their clients to assess serious and extreme injuries.
In this blog post, we will discuss what makes a personal injury claim catastrophic and what you should do if you have suffered a catastrophic injury.
Personal Injury vs. Catastrophic Injury
In most personal injury cases, the injury is temporary. The person who was hurt is likely to make a full recovery and return to his or her normal daily activities without any lasting complications. They are usually able to return to work without any limitations after a reasonable recovery period.
Catastrophic injuries, on the other hand, cause long-lasting consequences. The individuals who suffer these types of injuries suffer permanently and are unable to return to work. These injuries are also often very costly to treat.
Catastrophic injuries cause lasting pain and/or disability, and the people who suffer them are also no longer able to resume many of their normal activities. People who are no longer able to work as the result of a catastrophic injury also tend to lose the ability to participate in their favorite hobbies or travel or even to care for themselves. They may also suffer from serious mental health issues as a result of their injuries.
Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries come in many different forms. There are a few in particular, however, that are especially likely to cause damage to the central nervous system and result in permanent pain and disability. Some of the most common types of catastrophic injuries include (but are not limited to) spinal cord injuries, disfigurement, brain injuries, amputations, severe burns, organ damage, paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia and multiple bone fractures. Such injuries are often sustained as the result of exposure to toxic substances or chemicals, motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents and construction accidents. Catastrophic injuries may also occur as a result of faulty products.
What to Do if You’ve Suffered a Catastrophic Injury
If a loved one or you have experienced a catastrophic personal injury and are unable to resume normal daily activities without pain or disability, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Serious injuries that occur as the result of someone else’s negligence have huge consequences in your life, and they should have consequences for the people who are responsible, too.
Catastrophic injuries tend to result in extremely high medical bills. You may have to undergo multiple surgeries, stay at the hospital for a lengthy period, or complete several months of rehabilitation. You may also need medications or medical devices as a result of your injury. The costs add up fast. Filing a catastrophic personal injury claim helps ensure that your expenses are covered.
When you are no longer able to work as the result of an injury caused by someone else, you may also be entitled to receive compensation to make up for your lost wages. Since catastrophic injuries also take a huge toll on sufferers both mentally and emotionally, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering.
No amount of money will take your injury away or enable you to get back to living your life as you did before the accident. Filing a catastrophic personal injury claim, however, can help you manage the expenses associated with your injury.
Filing a Catastrophic Personal Injury Claim
Catastrophic personal injury claims are complex. Whether you are filing one for an injury that you personally suffered or you are filing on behalf of a loved one, having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side is highly advised.
At Kopelman Sitton, we have decades of experience and can help you with your catastrophic personal injury claim. We will help you recover all damages permitted by law to help you cover the cost of medical treatment, medications, and medical equipment. We will also help you recover damages for lost wages, emotional distress and pain and suffering.
We understand the difficult and delicate nature of these situations, and we are here to provide the compassionate legal representation you need to obtain the compensation you deserve. If you need an experienced personal injury attorney, contact us today.