What is a catastrophic injury?
A Catastrophic Injury is an injury that causes permanent damage to the victim such that it prevents him/her from performing any gainful work. It is an injury that leaves the victim with permanent damage. Catastrophic injuries are usually the result of physical harm to the brain and/or spinal cord which can have a severe short- and long-term impact on an individual’s functional capabilities.
When a victim has a catastrophic injury, it equates to losing a vital part of his/her person, whether it’s a limb, the ability to walk, or the ability to form a whole thought. For any accident that results in catastrophic injury, a lawsuit and settlement can be pursued.
Catastrophic injuries lead to huge medical expenses. These injuries typically require surgery, rehabilitation. Often times, they result in the permanent use of a medical device or medication as a result of the injury.
Catastrophic injuries lead to lost wages. Due to the injuries sustained, victims are not able to perform any gainful work.
Catastrophic injuries lead to emotional distress. Due to the effects of the injury, victims may suffer emotional harm as a result of someone’s negligence.