A catastrophic injury has a range of definitions; it includes any loss of physical or mental ability from a catastrophic event. These injuries are life-changing for the person who sustains the injury. In personal injury law, we often see catastrophic injuries from various incidents like car and truck accidents, daycare abuse, or workplace injuries. We want to help our clients who suffer from these injuries get the help and closure that they need to move forward in life.
Common types of catastrophic injuries are:
There are many different kinds of brain injuries and many are caused by traumatic events. However, it is often difficult to see or know the symptoms of a brain injury right away—many times, people who sustain brain injuries seem like they are just fine. It’s important to know the symptoms of a brain injury and to seek immediate medical attention if you think you might have one.
Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury can change a person’s entire way of life—spinal damage, caused by a number of reasons, can cause a person to lose certain abilities, due to damage of the spine and nervous system. Like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries may not be apparent right away.
Traumatic amputations are usually caused by some kind of an accident or injury. if the limb is detached from the body and cannot be placed back on safely, a medical professional may recommend removing it completely. There are also partial amputations, where some of the soft tissue remains.
A chest injury can cause a variety of different ailments, including fractured or broken ribs and lung damage. This can eventually lead to pneumonia or other potential infections of the lungs. Chest injuries are common results of direct trauma to the chest area; we see this often with victims of car accidents; however, they can happen as a result of a number of different physically traumatic events.
Bone or Joint Injuries
There are several types of trauma that can happen to bones, ligaments, and joints that can cause long-lasting injuries. These can be immediately apparent and extremely painful. There are many ways for a fractured bone to heal.