A personal injury can pose significant hardship, no matter its severity. It is defined by any harm made to one’s physical, emotional, or mental state. And in legal terms, a personal injury indicates that this occurred by the negligent actions of someone else. Examples can include injuries from car accidents, medical malpractice, and slip and fall incident
However, in the instance of a catastrophic injury, a victim’s life may be forever changed. There is no universally accepted legal definition of the term ‘catastrophic.’ Although, it is generally accepted for medical and legal purposes as an injury in which the victim is unable to resume their normal way of life. They are forced to either relearn everyday tasks or are rendered unable to continue performing any sort of productive work. With this definition, we can better evaluate and legally categorize these, especially severe cases.
The implications of a catastrophic injury:
We must consider catastrophic injuries with an understanding of their inherent impact. Those who suffer from such an injury face financial and emotional devastation primarily due to their inability to work. But it is more than just their vocation that might be lost. Victims are often unable to participate in the hobbies and activities they enjoyed before their accident. And in very extreme cases, one might not be able to care for themselves. These lost sources of joy, independence, and purpose can then produce anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. For these reasons and many other hardships, those who suffer a catastrophic injury at the fault of another’s negligence should be awarded just compensation.
Common types of catastrophic injury:
For a better understanding of their classification, these are the most common types of catastrophic injuries:
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Severe burns
- Loss of limb
- Organ damage
The most common causes for such injuries include traffic accidents, especially those involving motorcycles and big rig trucks, as well as construction and swimming pool accidents. With any of these instances, in the case of a mishap, the consequences are often quite severe.
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies. This is an exceptionally challenging time– one that is met with difficult decisions as well as a physically and emotionally painful recovery. If another party’s negligence caused this injury, we advise that you seek legal assistance. We at Raynes | Erickson specialize in cases of catastrophic injury and are prepared to offer you expert legal counsel and advocacy. With compassion and extensive knowledge in this area of law, we look forward to serving you. Contact us today to recover your extensive losses and to begin on this journey of hope and healing.