When is an Injury Considered Catastrophic?

The term “catastrophic injury” describes a type of injury that completely debilitates a person. Often, the term is used to define a facet of personal injury law in which negligence leads to an injury that affects every aspect of the victim’s life. A person who is living with a catastrophic injury will most likely be unable to work, may require professional support and medical care, and may suffer damages to their abilities, relationships, and other elements.

The simplest way to understand what a catastrophic injury is, is to understand that they are injuries that seriously debilitate a person and require extensive medical care to address. “Catastrophic injury” is also often used as a catch-all term that describes injuries of the brain, spinal cord, and internal organs.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Although people often describe traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries as catastrophic injuries, the term encompasses much more than that. Injuries to the brain and spinal cord account for a significant portion of catastrophic injuries, but there are other types of catastrophic injuries as well. It is possible to describe injury to any part of the body as a catastrophic injury, as long as the injury has affected the victim in a way that causes severe disability or disfigurement.

Types of catastrophic injuries include:

The Effects of Catastrophic Injuries

The way to identify if an injury is catastrophic is by observing its effects. A catastrophic injury may permanently impact a person’s mobility, organ functionality, sensation and feeling, or other abilities. In most catastrophic injury cases, the medical effects of the injury result in an inability to work, and damage to the victim’s personal life and relationships. Catastrophic injury victims often suffer from significant financial distress due to costly medical bills, a loss of income, and expenses related to travel to hospitals, home renovations to install medical aids, and in-home medical care.

The Tedford & Associates legal team can help you recover the compensation you deserve if you or a loved one has sustained a catastrophic injury due to another person’s negligence. We are available to discuss the details of your case.

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