Catastrophic injuries are those so serious in nature that their effects often leave the victim permanently damaged. These types of injuries are usually those connected with physical harm to the brain and/or spinal cord. The impact that these types of injuries can have on the short-term and long-term functional capabilities of a person are so severe that they are considered catastrophic. For some, this might take the form of burns that have left a person’s image vastly altered from what it once was; for others, an injury to a part of the central nervous system such as the brain or spinal cord could leave a person mentally incapacitated or physically handicapped. Whatever the case, if you have sustained injuries serious enough to be long-term and debilitating or that caused you a deformity, you have received a catastrophic injury.
For any accident that results in catastrophic injury to even one person, an injury claim and settlement can be pursued. With the help of a personal injury lawyer, you can legally be compensated for the wrongful and life-altering harm that has been done to you. You are entitled to a settlement in this case for a number of reasons. First of all, the more serious the injury, the greater the medical expenses. You may have had to undergo surgeries or go through rehabilitation, or you may require permanent use of a medical device or medication as a result of your catastrophic injury. You are also entitled to compensation after a catastrophic injury because the physical damage you sustained likely put you out of work and you are entitled to receiving compensation for those lost wages. You may also be entitled to compensation because of the emotional damage that the catastrophic injury as done. These are life-altering injuries, and you may be suffering from depression as well.