What Makes an Injury "Catastrophic?"

What Makes an Injury "Catastrophic?"

prosthetic legYou may have heard the term “catastrophic injury” in the past and thought nothing of it. Perhaps you felt that there was no real difference between a regular injury and one that is labeled “catastrophic.” In personal injury law, however, the term catastrophic is used when an injury is considered life-altering, very serious, or severe.

There are specific injuries that are most often considered catastrophic because of the impact they have on the life of the victim. These are four of the most common catastrophic injuries:

  • Amputations: When an injury to a specific body part is so severe that it loses blood circulation or becomes mangled, it may require amputation so the rest of the extremity or body is not affected. In some cases, the incident itself can cause the loss of a body part, such as the severing of a foot, arm, or hand.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: When the spinal cord is damaged, it can result in the victim becoming paralyzed. Depending on the severity of the injury, the paralysis can be partial or total, impacting either the lower extremities only, or the arms and legs. This means the victim will lose function to the affected area below the point of the injury.
  • Burn Injuries: Fires, explosions, electrocutions, and other types of accidents can cause a victim to sustain burn injuries. The most severe burns can leave the skin with a leathery feel and can go deeper into the layers of the body, impacting tissue, muscle, and nerves. This often requires long-term treatment including surgery or skin grafts.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries: These are more common than most people think and are the result of sudden impact or trauma to the head. This can occur in a car crash, a motorcycle accident, an act of violence, or any type of fall from a height. These types of injuries can include loss of consciousness, memory loss, cognitive issues, problems regarding bodily function, and more.

Catastrophic injuries are often the result of someone else’s negligence, which means the victim may have a right to take legal action against the negligent party. If you have sustained a catastrophic injury, you may be able to seek compensation from the liable individuals for the costs associated with the injury, including current and future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost income, and more.

At Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C., our Springfield catastrophic injury lawyers have the necessary experience — four decades — to help injury victims navigate the complex legal process and seek the compensation they deserve. We are tenacious, always working to reach the outcome our clients desire. You can trust that we will work hard to provide top-notch legal strategies with your success in mind.

Call our firm today to learn more about catastrophic injuries and determine if you have a case.