By legal definition,
catastrophic injuries are those that render you unable to maintain gainful employment. These
injuries are severe, and often have permanent symptoms that hinder your
ability to enjoy life. If your catastrophic injury was caused by someone
else’s negligence or recklessness, you have the right to file a
lawsuit to seek compensation.
The 3 most common types of catastrophic injuries include:
Traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries occur when a concussive force causes your brain
to hit the inside of your skull. Swelling, bruising, and bleeding of the
brain may result. Victims of traumatic brain injuries may suffer a variety
of symptoms, including pain, dizziness, blurred vision, and nausea. More
severe traumatic brain injuries may result in permanent symptoms, including
emotional and behavioral changes, moodiness, lost sense of taste, smell,
hearing, and vision, and personality changes.
Severe burn injuries. Burns over large sections of your body, as well as third and fourth-degree
burns, count as catastrophic injuries. Third-degree burns affect both
layers of skin, known as the epidermis and dermis, as well as the layer
of fat beneath the skin. Fourth-degree burns penetrate down to the soft
tissues and bones. These burns are very serious, and require emergency
medical attention. Victims may suffer permanent scarring and disfigurement,
and the lost sense of touch because of nerve damage.
Spinal cord injuries. The spinal cord controls the central nervous system, which transmits signals
from your body to your brain. If this cord is compressed, torn, or injured,
it may interrupt the flow of signals throughout your body. This means
you could be partially or completely paralyzed. You could also suffer
gastrointestinal and urinary tract complications, sexual dysfunction,
and breathing difficulties. Symptoms of a spinal cord injury are often
permanent, leading to a decreased quality of life.
What Types of Compensation Are Available for a Catastrophic Injury?
Since catastrophic injuries lead to serious and long-term symptoms, there
are a variety of damages that may be available to you.
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages (under certain circumstances)
- Other injury-related costs
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