Being injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence is difficult enough. Sustaining a catastrophic injury in similar circumstances is devastating. While there is no one definitive definition for what constitutes a catastrophic injury, there is an overarching classification that can help guide your personal injury claim toward compensation that adequately covers the damages you’ve sustained at the hand of someone else’s negligence.
Defining a Catastrophic Injury
The definition of a catastrophic injury most frequently employed for legal purposes is an injury that precludes the injured party from maintaining gainful employment. As such, if you sustain an injury that’s so serious it prevents you from being able to work and to provide for yourself and/or your family, then that injury qualifies as a catastrophic injury. If you can’t work, your injury is obviously financially devastating, but such injuries often also lead to overwhelmingly negative physical and emotional consequences.
If someone else’s negligence has left you with a catastrophic injury, you need experienced legal counsel. The magnitude of such an injury has no doubt left you overwhelmed and confused about where to turn next, but a skilled personal injury lawyer can help move your claim toward compensation that approaches adequately covering you for the losses and injuries you’ve sustained (of course, no amount of money can ever bring back what you lost in the precipitating accident). The experienced legal team at Brauns Law has the skill, determination, and compassion to fight for the most positive resolution of your claim.
Examples of Catastrophic Injuries
Those injuries most closely associated with the classification of catastrophic are often caused by injuries to the body’s central nervous system (also known as your body’s physical messaging center), such as spinal cord injuries—which can include paralysis that’s caused by trauma to the spinal cord—and brain injuries. Although nearly any kind of injury can be serious enough to be classified as a catastrophic injury, there are certain types of injuries that most commonly lead to a catastrophic classification:
- Organ damage
- Serious burns
- Broken or fractured bones
- Amputated limbs
- Exposure to highly injurious chemicals or toxins
Nearly any kind of accident can be serious enough to cause a catastrophic injury, but they’re typically linked to motor vehicle accidents (especially those involving a pedestrian, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or semi-truck) and accidents at construction sites.
The Catastrophic Damages Associated With Catastrophic Injuries
The catastrophic nature of catastrophic injuries leads to catastrophic damages. Catastrophic injuries usually lead to permanent damage that can continue to haunt you in unpredictable ways into the future. Because most of us closely associate our sense of self and self-worth with our careers, having to give up work for a catastrophic injury can be especially demoralizing and traumatic.
A catastrophic injury can change your life in an instant and can leave you emotionally, physically, and financially scarred for life—even as it erodes your quality of life. In a catastrophic injury claim, in other words, it’s critical that you seek compensation that approaches adequately covering your immense loss.
The Financial Cost of Your Injury
- Catastrophic injuries are associated with massive medical expenses and healthcare costs:
- Emergency transport
- Early medical treatment
- Surgery (often more than one is necessitated)
- Doctor care
- Specialist care
- Ongoing medical treatment and care, including physical therapy
- Prescription drugs
- Adaptive medical devices
- Physical adaptions for the home
- Home health care
The expenses associated with catastrophic injuries are unpredictable because the course of such injuries is unpredictable. Ongoing medical expenses and healthcare needs can blossom over time as new symptoms present. Never underestimate the magnitude of a catastrophic injury.
Your personal injury claim is as unique as your catastrophic injury, but your skilled personal injury attorney will carefully evaluate your case in relation to the distinct losses you’ve sustained and in consideration of the losses you’re projected to experience over the course of your lifetime—factoring in your lost future earnings and the extent to which your quality of life has been diminished.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by trauma to the head and are so closely associated with catastrophic injuries that it’s important to look more closely. There are a variety of symptoms that are linked to TBIs:
- The sudden onset of persistent headaches, extreme fatigue, and/or sleep disturbances
- Newly acquired incoordination, confusion, and/or speech difficulties;
- Numbness or weakness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sudden change in affect or the onset of mood swings
Because traumatic brain injuries are so unpredictable in nature, they’re often accompanied by long-lasting emotional and psychological issues that can be especially troubling and lead to devastating negative consequences.
Lost Sense of Self
TBIs can leave victims with the inability to manage their emotions in the routine ways they’re accustomed to. As such, many sufferers experience a lost sense of self (or a diminished sense of self). This can lead to behavior that is both personally and socially isolating and that can contribute to significant mental health conditions, including depression and elevated anxiety. To make things even more serious, a TBI—by its very nature—can lead to altered relationships with loved ones, who usually make up the victim’s circle of support. TBIs, in other words, can place sufferers on an especially difficult trajectory.
If You Sustained a Catastrophic injury, Seek the Skilled Legal Counsel of Brauns Law Today
If you or someone you care about has incurred a catastrophic injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, your life was likely permanently altered in that moment. These claims are complicated and demand careful legal attention. The skilled legal team at Brauns Law, Personal Injury Firm, in Duluth, Georgia, is here to help you navigate through this extremely difficult time. We have the experience, dedication, and compassion to aggressively fight for you, your rights, and your just compensation. Catastrophic injuries are emotionally devastating, but our experienced personal injury attorneys will help guide your claim toward its best possible resolution. Please allow us to help by contacting or calling us at (404) 205-8614 today for a free consultation.