Catastrophic Injuries

Serious or fatal injuries are sometimes called catastrophic injuries.  These are injuries that dramatically change the life of the injured party.  When you or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic injury because of the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation.  There are many different types of injuries that may be considered catastrophic in nature including:

  • Head injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Loss of limb
  • Burns
  • Loss of eyesight
  • Loss of hearing
  • Paralysis

A catastrophic injury is one that occurs suddenly and without warning.  There are many things that can cause these types of injuries to occur. In order to consider a lawsuit your attorney will need to show that the injury was caused by the negligence, recklessness, malpractice, or inaction of another.  Catastrophic injuries are those that are life-altering.  Many of these injuries require extensive hospitalization, surgery, therapy, and rehabilitation.  In some cases the healing will take a lifetime or will never be complete. 

Some of the most common reasons for the occurrence of a catastrophic injury include:

  • Auto accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Defective products
  • Aviation accidents
  • Work-related accidents
  • Environmental disasters
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Nautical accidents
  • Machinery accidents
  • Assaults

The first thing to do after a catastrophic injury is to contact an attorney.  Your attorney will review your case, investigate the accident, and determine if you have a case.  In many instances you will be able to get compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, future earnings, future medical expenses, and mental anguish.  Your attorney will work to get you the money you deserve.  Often, personal injury cases are settled before they get to court.  If there is no settlement, your attorney will present your case so that you get compensated the money you deserve.