What is a catastrophic injury?

Catastrophic injuries can change a person’s life in an instant. These injuries have a serious impact because of their nature; they may be permanent or disabling.

Catastrophic injuries caused by crashes, medical malpractice or even sports injuries may impact a person immediately and for years in the future. Here’s a little bit about these injuries and what you should know:

What injuries are considered “catastrophic?”

Catastrophic injuries include injuries such as neck and head injuries, spinal cord injuries, fatalities and permanent-disability injuries. Some common injuries considered catastrophic include:

These injuries may be traumatic or systemic. In most cases, traumatic injuries are the injuries seen in court cases, because they’re caused by outside forces like a crash or direct impact. In some cases, people can recover from catastrophic injuries, but many injuries are so severe that they leave a person with lasting disabilities.

After a catastrophic injuries, individuals and their families should be looking into their legal options. These injuries aren’t going to just “go away” over time, and there is likely to be a period of time where a person can’t work or needs extensive assistance.

While many people don’t want to make legal claims, the reality is that compensation is necessary to cover medical expenses and other needs related to catastrophic injuries. The right help can get you the compensation you need without a long, drawn out legal battle, so you can rest easy, focus on your recovery and get back to your normal life.

Source: National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research, “Definitions,” accessed June 15, 2018

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