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What is Considered a Catastrophic Injury?

What is Considered a Catastrophic Injury?

Catastrophic injury means “consequences of an injury that permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.” In other words, injuries that are considered catastrophic are so serious in nature that their effects typically leave the victim permanently damaged for the rest of his/her life.

The reason why these injuries are catastrophic is because of the substantial impact they have on the lives of the people who experience them. A catastrophic injury or illness generally results in severe disruption to the central nervous system, such as a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, or a severe burn injury.

Victims lose a lifetime of wages and benefits, as well as a sense of purpose and wholeness that is associated with performing meaningful work. They may undertake expensive retraining to learn new employment skills which fit within their current limitations, but many victims may suffer from severe physical or cognitive impairments which prevent them from obtaining any type of employment.

Additionally, an individual who is too severely disabled to work will rarely be able to enjoy life in general. They may not be able travel, exercise, participate in their favorite activities, or perform day-to-day activities without medical assistance.

Catastrophic injuries result in a lifetime of medical bills, rehabilitation, and assistive care. They can also typically put tremendous stress on the victim’s family since they may be required to constantly supervise or assist their loved one for the rest of their lives.

Catastrophic injury victims are entitled to a settlement in this case for a variety of reasons, such as the following:

  • Due to the seriousness of catastrophic injuries, victims will undergo extensive surgeries and rehabilitation, or will be required to permanently use a medical device or medication as a result of the injury.

  • Since catastrophic injuries usually puts victims out of work, especially permanently, they may be entitled to receive compensation for not only lost wages, but also loss of future earning capacity.

  • Since catastrophic injuries result in emotional damage to the victims, they may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

  • If a catastrophic injury was the result of a negligent or intentional act of another, or by a dangerous or defective product, victims may file a personal injury claim.

If a catastrophic injury was the result of a negligent or intentional act of another, or by a dangerous or defective product, victims may file a personal injury claim. At Tedford & Associates, we have successfully helped individuals and their families fight for maximum compensation for their injuries. With more than 30 years of combined experience, our attorneys offer confident, compassionate representation and utilize their extensive knowledge of the court system to fight for the best possible trial and/or settlement results.

For more information, contact our Pasadena personal injury lawyer today.


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