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When is an Injury Considered a “Catastrophic” Injury?

Sometimes in cases of personal injury the resulting injuries are classified as “catastrophic.” Although any injury can be highly damaging and disrupt the lives of victims and their families, only certain types of injuries are identified as such.

When is an injury considered catastrophic? Generally, the term “catastrophic injury” describes any injury that causes permanent disability or disrupts the function of a major organ or body system. “Catastrophic injury” may also be used to label an injury that has affected a person’s ability to work. In some cases, “catastrophic injury” is used to describe any harm to the head and brain, spinal cord, and neck.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

As you can see, there are many different definitions of “catastrophic injury.” For this reason, the term can be used to describe a variety of types of injuries. Injuries that are classified as catastrophic usually affect major organs, the brain, the spine, or limbs, but the term may also be used if an injury affects a person’s ability to see, hear, or their other senses.

Examples of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Severe burns
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Amputation
  • Loss of senses (blindness, deafness, etc.)

What to Do if You or a Loved One Has Sustained a Catastrophic Injury

Following an accident, it is crucial to receive medical care as soon as possible. This is especially true in cases of catastrophic injuries.

A person who has sustained a catastrophic injury may require surgery, medications, the use of medical devices, physical therapy, and/or in-home care to manage their injuries. Treatment for a catastrophic injury can be expensive and is often coupled with the financial stress of losing income due to being unable to work. If you or someone you know has been severely injured because of another person’s negligence, you may have a right to receive compensation for your medical bills and other damages. A catastrophic injury settlement can sometimes include compensation for projected costs as well.

Once medical treatment is received, it’s important to contact a lawyer. The Jones & Swanson legal team can help if you or a loved one was hurt and sustained a catastrophic injury caused by someone else’s negligence. We are dedicated to getting you the care and compensation you need.

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