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Catastrophic injuries are life-altering events and can devastate individuals and families emotionally as well as financially. The very definition conveys the seriousness of the injuries, which are permanent and disabling either physically, mentally, or both.
The following injuries are considered catastrophic:
- Partial or total paralysis
- Cognitive impairment
- Brain injury
- Amputated limb
- Loss of eyesight or loss of an eye
- Third-degree burns
- Serious and extensive disfigurement
- Neurological and motor skill impairments
- Multiple fractures requiring insertion of rods, plates or pins
Many victims of catastrophic accidents require years or a lifetime of care, adjustment to a different lifestyle and the emotionally devastating realization that many of the aspects of their former life no longer exist. For some, multiple surgeries, chronic pain and a shortened lifespan are now realities. For families of a catastrophic injury victim, the changes are extremely difficult; dealing with astronomical medical bills and loss of income can be too much for some to handle without help.
In cases like these, a law firm that has experience in dealing with catastrophic injury cases is essential to give the victims and their families the empathy and the financial compensation they will need during very trying times.
Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
A serious injury can result from nearly any kind of accident — even a simple fall can result in a serious head injury, back injury, brain hemorrhage or paralysis. In most cases, however, a traumatic event or accident that results in a forceful or devastating blow causes the injury. Examples are:
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Accidents involving tractor-trailers
- Home fires
- Defective drugs
- Defective medical devices
- Medical malpractice
- Diving accidents
- Boating accidents
- Near drownings
- Burns and organ damage from contact with high voltage wires
- Falls from high elevations on construction sites
- High-speed motor vehicle accident
- Head injuries from sports activities such as football
Complex Issues of Liability and Damages
Catastrophic injury accidents can occur suddenly and without warning, instantly changing a victim’s life. In many cases, the liability of the alleged wrongdoer or negligent party is not so apparent and must be proven by a skilled attorney. A resourceful attorney can explore all avenues of liability, including that of other parties whose negligence may not be apparent. This includes looking for defects in equipment or a consumer product, either in manufacture or design, or in roadways if a motor vehicle was involved. Inadequate warnings, instructions or representations about a product can lead to serious bodily injuries if the product is used as intended but fails in some fashion that results in the injury.
These areas of liability involve complex issues that require a knowledgeable and seasoned personal injury attorney to help you obtain the compensation you deserve as a result of your injury. It is not uncommon for defendants, often defended by teams of experienced attorneys, to deny obvious liability claims or to allege that the victim caused or contributed to the accident.
Even if liability is not the main issue, another obstacle that an injured party must overcome is proving the extent of damages that occurred.
Immediately contact a personal injury lawyer with the background and credentials to handle your or your loved one’s catastrophic injury case. Any delay can jeopardize your right to collect the compensation available to you.