Catastrophic Injuries can cause permanent or serious damage
There are injuries, and then there are catastrophic injuries. These are much more serious than your typical bruise or sprained ankle. Catastrophic injuries are severe injuries involving the spine, spinal cord, or brain. They may also include spinal or skull fractures. They are injuries that are so critical, they can leave the victim with permanent or serious damage.
Because these injuries have such a severe impact in both the short term and the long term, the victims are often entitled to a catastrophic injury settlement. If you have been injured in this way, with the assistance of a personal injury attorney, you can be legally compensated for the life-altering harm you have had to endure.
What are the Types of Catastrophic Injuries?
Generally speaking, there are three kinds of catastrophic injuries:
- Physical injuries – These include burn injuries, organ damage, severe fractures, amputation, and other damage to orthopedic tissue or function.
- Spinal cord injuries – Injuries of the spinal cord, causing mobility issues permanently.
- Cognitive injuries – Injuries caused by brain damage that affects a person’s ability to work, speak, or create new memories.
How Will I Know if I am Entitled to a Settlement?
The first step in a catastrophic injury suit is to determine the responsible party and the cause of the injury. If there has been negligence, that means that the individual in question failed to take reasonable care to protect others against risks of harm in a location or on a property they were responsible for.
To prove negligence, you must be able to show that the responsible party owed a duty to you and their negligent actions caused your injury. Because catastrophic injuries are more severe, they often result in larger damages than typical injuries.
The damages from catastrophic injuries are often considerable. They can include the cost of medical bills, lost income, property damage, and out-of-pocket expenses. Additionally, they can include noneconomic damages like mental anguish, pain, and suffering, or loss of enjoyment of life.
If you or someone you love has suffered from a catastrophic injury due to someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to significant compensation. For more information, please contact us today.