14 Aug What is a Catastrophic Injury?
Mere moments can change everything. If an accident renders a catastrophic injury, the impacted individual must relearn an entirely new way of life. They may be unable to work or enjoy life as they did before the accident. And the injury is so severe that the victim faces either permanent or very long-term damage. These incidents are devastating and deserve proper compensation.
A catastrophic injury is often the result of a motor vehicle or construction site accidents, medical malpractice, or intentional violence. It usually results in the loss of a vital part of the victim’s body. This can include either a lost limb, one’s mobility, or their ability to think properly, although most will directly affect the brain or spinal cord. Generally, any loss will leave the victim either mentally incapacitated or physically disabled.
There are three types of catastrophic injury. These include physical, those affecting the spinal cord, and cognitive injuries.
- Physical injuries cover a variety of impairments. These include amputation, bone fractures, organ damage, or severe tissue or orthopedic damage. And each of these injuries will uniquely affect each individual.
- Spinal cord injuries are all that which impact the spinal cord. Damage to the spinal cord can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia which signifies partial and total paralysis.
- Cognitive injuries equate to brain damage, which can impair a person’s ability to perform any part of their daily life.
Each type of injury is tragic and life-altering. And so, an individual who suffers a catastrophic injury is entitled to a settlement for three things.
- Extensive medical expenses, including surgeries, rehabilitation, and perhaps permanent medical devices or medications, can overwhelm the financial prosperity of an individual. So, it is necessary that these are covered with adequate compensation.
- Often, such a horrific injury will put the victim out of work. And as such, they are suddenly unable to earn an income. So, it is necessary to account for this compounding deficit.
- The emotional turmoil of a catastrophic injury may prove to be one’s most significant loss. The life they once knew will never be fully restored as they are suddenly handicapped in some way. And so, compensation for this tragic aspect is accounted for.
Catastrophic injuries conclude in a limited life. That’s why, if negligence was involved in an individual’s accident, justice must be restored. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, it is crucial that you seek legal counsel in pursuit of proper compensation. Call on us at The Law Offices of William D. Shapiro for expert assistance in the wake of your catastrophic injury.