When it comes to personal injury law, certain types of injuries can be more grave than others. Catastrophic injuries are ones whose consequences permanently keep an individual from performing gainful work and prevent them from maintaining employment that allows them to support themselves or a family.
If you've suffered a catastrophic injury, you know how stressful the situation can be. In addition to current and future medical bills, you now have to worry about future income and other expenses that may arise as a result of the injury. Nearly every aspect of your life will be negatively impacted by this injury, from being unable to engage in regular hobbies or activities to dealing with your mental health in the aftermath.
Simply put, a catastrophic injury has the potential to drastically impact you and your family.
What counts as a catastrophic injury?
There's no set legal definition, but generally speaking, a catastrophic injury is one that causes a disruption to your central nervous system. These injuries may include:
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns
- Multiple bone fractures
- Damage to organs
Many catastrophic injuries stem from physical trauma, although certain types of accidents tend to contribute more than others. Car accidents, for example, are often responsible for a large share of these injuries.