Serious (or “catastrophic”) injuries are usually defined as those that permanently prevent an individual from living their life in the same way they would have before they were hurt. They often involve permanent disabilities and have very long-term effects on the person suffering and their families.
Common catastrophic injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns
- Accidental amputations
- Brain injury
The most common causes of catastrophic injuries are motor vehicle accidents, construction site falls, medical malpractice, and intentional acts of violence – but serious injuries can arise in many different situations. No matter how you were injured, receiving immediate, high-quality medical care is of the utmost importance. These types of injuries often require years of follow-up care.
Serious injuries are likely to negatively affect the entire family. The injured individual likely can no longer contribute to the household in the same way, and may need lifetime medical and personal care. The plaintiff may feel compelled to bring a lawsuit because the wellbeing of their family depends on receiving compensation from the responsible party. It’s vital to consult with an attorney right away to be aware of your rights and seek compensation.