Although the definition of “catastrophic injury” can vary, the term is generally accepted to classify a category of injuries that severely debilitate a victim’s ability to perform as they did pre-injury. A catastrophic injury may disrupt a victim’s ability to work, engage in leisure activities, or complete other tasks.
In addition to physical injuries, catastrophic injuries can be mental as well. A catastrophic injury can directly affect cognitive ability and emotional wellbeing (such as a brain injury), but a victim may suffer from mental health issues that arise from a purely physical injury.
The defining characteristic that qualifies an injury as catastrophic is the injury’s effects on a victim’s overall way of life, for an extended period of time. Catastrophic injuries often require surgery and long-term treatment plans that may include rehabilitation, therapy, and medication. A catastrophic injury victim may be permanently disabled or scarred, and could need assistance, medication, or a medical device for the rest of their life to manage their injury.
In addition to the permanent disability component, the umbrella term of “catastrophic injury” is considered to be a classification for severe brain and spine injuries. Clearly, brain and spine injuries can have a devastating impact on a person’s life, and other types of injuries that have the same level of consequence can be defined as catastrophic.
Common types of catastrophic injuries include:
A catastrophic injury can be caused by a number of events, as well as exposure to toxic substances.
A catastrophic injury may result from:
A catastrophic injury can result in a victim incurring high medical expenses, as well as lost wages. At Goodman Acker P.C., our team of attorneys can help you recover compensation to recover the costs associated with a catastrophic injury. We are committed to helping injury victims get the care they need.
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