What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

Any kind of injury can be difficult to endure, especially when they impact a person’s entire life, including their ability to work and requiring the need for long-term medical treatment. However, in the legal world of personal injury law, some injuries are deemed more serious than others, thus labeled as catastrophic injuries.

These are some of the most daunting injuries to experience. They are often the result of negligence in a variety of different ways, but regardless of the cause, the injured party should be able to seek damages from the responsible party to help cover many of the expenses associated with the harm.

Having a strong understanding of what catastrophic injuries are can help you move forward with legal action should you or someone you love be hurt due to someone else’s negligent actions. Here are some of the most common catastrophic injuries and what you can do to move forward.

Spinal Cord Damage

Imagine being at a work site in the construction industry, falling from a high scaffolding, and landing on your back. Or imagine slipping and falling on a staircase at a business. You fall on your back and neck, potentially causing serious damage to your spinal cord.

Damage to the spinal cord can have catastrophic results including nerve damage, problems with discs, and in the worst situations, complete paralysis. This means the individual could lose complete mobility due to the injuries they have sustained.

The lifelong costs associated with paralysis are upwards of $1 million. This makes it imperative for those injured to pursue legal action against the responsible party, seeking compensation through the civil justice system. This can help with medical expenses, physical therapy, and required customizations to homes and vehicles.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Most people have seen forms of traumatic brain injuries such as concussions, but far too often brain injuries can be more severe. The severity is based on the Glasgow Coma scale to determine just how serious the injury is based on a person’s cognitive abilities and functionality.

The most serious brain injuries can result in the person passing away or falling into a coma. The long-term results can include cognitive and developmental delays, including difficulty speaking and swallowing, problems with communicating, behavioral issues, and more.

Traumatic brain injuries can be sustained in a number of different situations, including the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Assault
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents

Any of these actions could be a result of negligence and it’s important for those harmed to understand their rights to pursue compensation.

Serious Burn Injuries

There are various causes of burn injuries including scalding hot water, flames, hot items, and more. Unfortunately, these are also in different businesses and other locations in which negligence can result in a person making contact with the heat source.

If this is the case, negligence can cause a significant burn, being categorized as first, second, or third degree burn. Depending on the severity, the injured party may experience significant damage to the upper and lower layers of skin, muscles, nerves, and more.

Taking Legal Action When It’s Necessary

Unfortunately, many of these injuries are the result of significant acts of negligence. When this happens and someone is responsible for the harm you or your loved one sustain, you deserve the right to hold them accountable and seek compensation.

At Hardee & Hardee, we are well-aware of how serious these matters can be and we’re dedicated to protecting your rights. Trust that we work hard to prove that your injuries were caused by someone else’s reckless behavior and hold them accountable.

Our Greenville catastrophic injury lawyers are only a phone call away. When you need us most, we put your best interests as our top priority and dedicate our practice to helping you navigate the complex legal process that lies ahead.

Call us today at (252) 787-4651 and speak with a team committed to your needs.

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