Even though many injuries sustained in vehicle and workplace accidents are severe, only a few can be considered catastrophic. A catastrophic injury is so severe that it completely changes your lifestyle and makes it impossible for you to return to work or conduct daily activities like before.
It is uncommon to recover from a catastrophic injury. If you recently sustained a catastrophic injury, you should get legal help. Our firm could file a claim on your behalf and help you recover compensation for all your losses.
Life with a Catastrophic Injury
A catastrophic injury is complex with long-term effects. These injuries are usually permanent, so it’s rare for a victim to recover fully. Whether you’ve suffered a severe brain injury, paralysis, lost a limb, or lost sense, a part of your body or brain will likely be permanently affected. You’ll need time to adjust to your new daily routines and habits with such injuries.
Even though it’s almost impossible to recover from a catastrophic injury, several treatment options might significantly improve your health. You may also adopt physical, mental, and occupational therapy to improve the quality of your life during recovery. If your catastrophic injury has affected your mobility and speech, relearning to walk and speak fluently will take time and effort.
After sustaining a catastrophic injury, you may also need in-home assistance to help you run your errands and help with cleaning. Sometimes, a catastrophic injury victim may require a full-time nurse to provide home-based care and follow-up treatment. The nurse will administer medication and monitor your health condition.
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What Is Considered a Catastrophic Injury?
Catastrophic injuries are life-altering and require long-term medical care. Some of these injuries may affect the body’s mobility and functionality, while others affect vital cognitive functions.
The following are some of the catastrophic injuries our law firm handles:
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs)
Any injury to the spinal cord is severe and can result in loss of sensation, strength, and function. Minor spinal cord injuries usually cause chronic pain and decreased motion range.
Complete damage to the spinal cord can lead to permanent paralysis, inability to control bowel and bladder, sexual dysfunction, and increased risk of sustaining other severe conditions. Spinal cord injury victims usually require lifelong care and may spend the rest of their lives in a wheelchair.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
A TBI results from a violent blow or jolt to the head. A severe TBI may leave a victim with permanent cognitive and physical disabilities, ultimately affecting their personal life and how they interact with others.
Severe TBIs are impossible to heal from. However, extensive rehabilitation and therapy may be required to lessen the severity of the symptoms and help the victim adjust to their new way of life.
Loss of Limbs
Losing limbs results in lifelong disability, preventing someone from getting gainful employment and performing daily tasks like before. In addition to physical pain, losing a limb also results in emotional and mental anguish for the victim.
Although first and second-degree burns cause victims much pain and suffering, they’re not considered catastrophic injuries. On the other hand, third and fourth-degree burns are usually severe and cause victims a lifetime of pain, disfigurement, physical disability, and risk of infections.
Victims of third and fourth-degree burns may require plastic surgery and grafts to repair damaged skin and improve their appearance.
What Are the Causes of Catastrophic Injuries?
Any accident can cause a catastrophic injury. However, some accidents cause more catastrophic injuries than others. Here are the most common causes:
- Motor vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Boating accidents
- Animal attacks
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Sports-related accidents
- Product defects
- Workplace accidents
- Violent crimes and assaults
- Domestic violence
- Child abuse
What Damages Can You Recover in a Catastrophic Injury Case?
If you recently suffered a catastrophic injury, you could file a claim or lawsuit to recover your losses. Our catastrophic injury lawyer will strive to prove liability to get you the following economic and non-economic damages:
- Past, ongoing, and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and benefits
- Lost earning capacity
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Diminished quality of life
- Punitive damages, if applicable
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How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer?
Darryl “The Hammer” Isaacs understands you might not be in the financial position to pay legal fees upfront. As a result, we offer legal representation on a contingency-fee-basis. This means you only pay our legal fees if we win your case.
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Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers could help you file a claim and offer legal representation if you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury. Our attorneys understand what you’re going through, and we’ll fight to recover the full compensation available on your behalf.
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