An Overview of Catastrophic Injury Lawsuits
When individuals are victimized by negligent drivers, substandard medical care, or property owners unconcerned with the safety of others, the result can be devastating, permanent injuries. Although most accident-related injuries result in physical pain, mental anguish, time off work, and other hardships, catastrophic injuries often mean permanent disability and life-long challenges. The loss of cognitive and communication skills or paralysis often has a dramatic impact on your future. Our catastrophic injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP recognize the importance of our client’s financial recovery as well as their desire to pursue the highest quality of life after suffering a catastrophic injury.
The impact of an extremely serious injury extends beyond physical pain. People who experience catastrophic injuries often must confront temporary or permanent disabilities that wreak havoc on many aspects of their lives by disrupting jobs, family relationships, future aspirations, and even independence. These life disruptions typically can be magnified by financial hardships that include medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation expenses, permanent disability, and the cost of supportive services and/or medical appliances.
What Constitutes a Catastrophic Injury?
The term “catastrophic injury” denotes a severe injury that causes long-term or even permanent disfigurement or disability. This form of injury commonly disturbs the functional capability of the body or brain because of damage to the brain, spinal cord, and other areas of the body. Most catastrophic injuries leave a victim physically incapacitated or mentally handicapped. Severe burns that dramatically alter a victim’s appearance also constitute a form of catastrophic injury. Catastrophic injuries typically entail a prolonged, painful recovery process, lifetime medical care, and multiple surgeries. These life-altering injuries also frequently prevent a return to a victim’s chosen occupation or any gainful employment. While there is no formal universally accepted definition of a catastrophic injury, this form of injury frequently prevents a victim from performing life functions and/or necessitates permanent assistance.
The most common form of catastrophic injuries includes the following:
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): SCIs could result in a litany of serious medical conditions that include quadriplegia, paraplegia, and respiratory or circulatory problems. Symptoms that might accompany these serious injuries include impaired bladder and bowel control, exaggerated spasms and reflexes, and chronic pain.
- Loss of Limbs (Amputations): When an accident victim loses an extremity, the result can be extraordinary physical and emotional hardships. Limbs can be severed in a serious car crash, or amputation might be required because of severe burn injuries or infection.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Whether a collision causes an open or closed head injury, a TBI could lead to impaired communication ability, cognitive dysfunction, limited mobility, emotional difficulties, and other neurological impairments.
- Internal Organs (Ruptured bowels, kidney, liver, spleen): Trauma that ruptures vital organs can result in life-threatening internal bleeding.
- Severe Burns: Severe burn injuries could cause permanent disfigurement, severe infection, and a series of reconstructive surgeries.
- Blindness or Deafness: The loss of the sensations of sight or hearing has a profound impact on injury victims.
The Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
While many forms of careless or inattentive actions can cause a serious injury, some of the most common causes include;
- Autos hit by tractor-trailers
- Medical malpractice
- Construction accidents
- Violent crimes (e.g. gunshots)
- Equestrian accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Car crashes
- Personal watercraft accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Boating accidents
- Defective products
- Falls from an elevation
- Motorcycle accidents
Our catastrophic injury attorneys represent clients with compassion and tenacity in Georgia and the Southeast if you suffer a catastrophic injury. We understand the devastating consequences of catastrophic injuries and work diligently to obtain their maximum financial recovery under the law for our clients.
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