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A Catastrophic Personal Injury

A catastrophic personal injury is an extremely serious and severe injury. If you or a loved one has been the innocent victim of a catastrophic personal injury that resulted from someone’s negligence, willful or intentional act or dangerous or defective product, you really should get in touch with a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. You or your loved one may have substantial compensation that you are entitled to.

A catastrophic injury is defined as a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord or brain, and may also include skull or spinal fractures. This is a subset or part of the definition for the legal term catastrophic injury, which is based on the definition that is used by the American Medical Association.

Legal definition


The legal definition of a catastrophic injury extends this. It says that a catastrophic injury means “ consequences of an injury that permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.”

A personal injury is defined as an injury not to property, but to the body, mind or emotions. A catastrophic personal injury is one that may result in a shortened life expectancy, permanent disability or long-term medical conditions.

Devastating


A catastrophic personal injury is almost always devastating. It may mean rehabilitative treatment, long stays in the hospital, several surgeries, assistive care or full-time nursing assistance.

There are several types of catastrophic personal injury. Here are some of the ones that happen most often:

Accidental amputation, dismemberment or loss of limbs
Severe burns
Traumatic brain Injuries (TBI)
Accidental blindness
Paralysis that includes paraplegia and quadriplegia
Spinal Cord Injury
Internal organ damage
Multiple bone fractures
Accidental loss of hearing or speech
Permanent disfigurement.

Just as there are many types of catastrophic personal injury, there are also many different causes of this kind of injury. Some of the most common causes of catastrophic personal injury are falls, motor vehicle accidents and construction and industrial accidents. Other causes of catastrophic personal injury include injuries from flying or falling objects, military incidents, acts of violence, diving accidents and sporting accidents. In addition, acts of medical malpractice, such as unnecessary amputation or brain damage that is a result of negligent surgery, may also bring about a catastrophic personal injury.

A catastrophic personal injury not only has a devastating effect on the person who suffers it, but this type of personal injury also has an enormous impact on that person’s family. It is not just the victim whose life is greatly affected and altered, but that of the person’s family as well. This may involve things like drastic changes in lifestyle, personal and social life and work. In fact, the emotional and financial impact of a catastrophic personal injury may be as devastating as the physical impact of the injury.

As mentioned at the beginning, when you or a loved one has been the innocent victim of a catastrophic personal injury as a result of someone’s negligence, willful or intentional act or dangerous or defective product, you really should get in touch with a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.