A catastrophic injury can take many forms, such as spinal cord injuries, brain damage, multiple fractures or severe burns. The consequences of a catastrophic injury commonly include severe impairment that permanently prevents an individual from performing any gainful work and drastically changes an individual’s quality of life. A person may suffer permanent disfigurement, physical impairment or disability and may require a lifetime of physical therapy and medical care..
The severe nature of catastrophic injuries often requires ongoing medical treatment or personal care, especially if the accident resulted in permanent disability. Not only are victims impeded from maintaining a job to provide for themselves or their family, but they also face ongoing and crushing medical costs. Even when a person’s catastrophic injury allows a person to undertake expensive retraining to learn new employment skills that fit within their limitations, they may never be able to return to a meaningful work life. The emotional impact can be just as devastating as many people may feel a loss of purpose or wholeness that previously came from their job.
The implications of catastrophic injuries go beyond a person’s work life. People may not be able to travel, exercise, or engage in other activities that had previously been an important part of their lives. The limited ability to care for themselves on a day-to-day basis and loss of autonomy can create a host of mental health problems. Often, people that suffer from catastrophic injuries experience anxiety, depression, and other emotional trauma.
The physical, emotional and financial impact of a catastrophic injury can be devastating. Our clients come to us because we take on the legal burden and help our clients get the financial recoveries they deserve. We fight for you, so that you can focus on your recovery.
Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Injuries that interfere with a person’s central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) often create consequences that most would consider catastrophic. Additional types of catastrophic injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Organ Damage
- Multiple bone Fractures
- Severe burns
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals or products
What Causes Catastrophic Injuries
A catastrophic injury can occur anytime that an incident causes physical trauma to an individual, regardless whether the nature of the injury is immediately apparent. Certain accidents lend themselves to more severe injuries, for example, motor vehicle accidents – especially those involving motorcycles or large trucks. Other incidents that likely cause catastrophic injuries include construction accidents, swimming pool accidents, grain elevator explosions, pharmaceutical errors, medical device defects, and defective consumer products.
Compensation for Catastrophic Injuries
Beyond the direct medical costs associated with a catastrophic injury, these injuries have additional far-reaching financial implications for our clients. Besides ongoing medical expenses and lost earnings an individual may require personal assistance, expensive medical equipment, or modifications to their homes and vehicles just to live their everyday lives. These costs, plus the physical and emotional pain and suffering endured by victims, mean that recoveries for catastrophic injuries tend to be significantly higher than damages in a typical personal injury case – at times well into seven-to eight-figure amounts. Persons who have experienced catastrophic injuries will likely never return to the quality of their former lives, and larger settlements help to provide them some degree of financial stability and security in the face of lifelong losses and costs.
We fight for our clients to obtain the financial recovery to which they’re entitled. Although a financial recovery can’t rectify the impact an injury has had on your life, we will work through the legal system on your behalf to provide a semblance of justice and fair compensation.