Catastrophic injuries are life-changing, unlike minor injuries like soft tissue damage, whiplash, and bruises that only require medical care and rest to recover from. These injuries can easily result in long-term or permanent disability for the victims. You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve recently suffered a catastrophic injury in an accident.
Learn more about these injuries and the process of recovering compensation as a victim.
What Qualifies as a Catastrophic Injury?
Even though catastrophic injuries come in various forms, they all have similarities. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), an injury qualifies as catastrophic if it fits the criteria below:
- Reduces Your Ability to Work: Catastrophic injuries usually leave victims unable to work. Even if the victim can work, they’ll be forced to take lesser roles or work fewer hours than before sustaining the injury.
- Requires Long-term Medical Care: Catastrophic injuries require years of medical treatment, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and ongoing assistance, making them some of the most expensive.
- Causes Permanent Disability or Disfigurement: An injury that leaves a victim with a permanent scar or damage on their body can be considered catastrophic. Catastrophic injuries may also damage a victim’s body organs and leave them temporarily or permanently disabled.
- Causes Long-term Effects: After extensive medical treatment, some victims may recover from their catastrophic injuries and use their affected body parts again. But, the effects of these injuries will likely last over a long period.
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What Are the Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries?
Although every injury that prevents a victim from working or performing daily activities is regarded as catastrophic, some of the most common include the following:
These mainly consist of third- and fourth-degree burns resulting from motor vehicle and industrial accidents. Victims of severe burns experience excruciating physical pain and are left with permanent disfigurement. To treat these burns, victims require skin grafts and multiple surgeries. Note that severe burns carry a heightened infection risk, resulting in more health complications.
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs)
Any minor damage to the spinal cord can cause a victim to lose mobility in one or multiple body parts. On the other hand, extensive spinal cord damage can cause permanent muscle weakness and paralysis. People paralyzed due to spinal cord injuries often find it difficult to move their body parts or tend to their daily needs.
Loss of Limbs
A victim may lose an arm or a leg in a severe motor vehicle accident. Even though sometimes a victim’s limb is amputated to save their life, the damage is permanent. Those who lose their limbs find it challenging to secure gainful employment or participate in certain activities like they once did.
Internal Organ Damage
Victims may sustain severe injuries to their internal organs, such as the kidney or liver. When this happens, the victim will require a transplant or risk losing the organ and its functions altogether.
Any trauma to blunt force trauma or jolt to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury. Such injuries often lead to memory loss, severe headaches, and cognitive difficulties that could permanently change a victim’s life. Some brain injury victims may also remain vegetative for an extended period.
Loss of Sight or Hearing
If you lose your ability to see or hear, your life will never be the same. Such a loss may also put you at greater risk of getting injured in the future.
Can I Sue for a Catastrophic Injury?
Yes. After suffering a catastrophic injury, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover financial compensation for the damages you’ve incurred. Also, if you’ve lost a loved one to a catastrophic injury, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit against them and recover compensation for the damages incurred.
Why Hire a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer?
Catastrophic injury cases usually involve higher monetary rewards than other personal injury cases. Therefore, insurance companies will do everything possible to minimize payouts. For this reason, it’s in your best interest to hire our lawyer to handle your case as you pursue justice.
Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers will do the following to help your case:
- Investigate the accident and identify all the liable parties
- Gather enough evidence to prove negligence
- Dispute any attempts by the insurance company to blame you for the accident and your injuries
- Handle the legal paperwork and file a claim against the insurance company on your behalf
- Keep you updated throughout the legal process
- Handle settlement negotiations with the insurance company and the defense lawyers on your behalf
- Take your case to trial, if necessary
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What Compensation Can I Recover from a Catastrophic Injury Case?
In a catastrophic injury case, you can claim economic and non-economic damages. When you hire Darryl ‘The Hammer’ Isaacs, he’ll help you pursue compensation for the following:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Lost income and benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Reduced earning capacity
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation expenses
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Mental anguish
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Punitive damages, if appropriate
Let Us Handle Your Catastrophic Injury Case
After sustaining a catastrophic injury, seeking legal representation can offer much reprieve as you seek closure from the ordeal.
As your legal counsel, our attorneys will answer all your questions regarding the case and advise you on the best legal option to take. Get a free case review, and let our catastrophic injury lawyers handle your case from start to finish. Call us today!