What Makes an Injury Catastrophic?

By  //  June 25, 2021

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When accidents happen, the involved parties may get injured. Some of these injuries are at least bearable. However, they are still a cause of disruptions to the victim’s life. If you or your loved one was involved in any kind of accident, you are entitled to sufficient compensation, particularly if the accident was caused by someone’s misconduct or negligence.

In other cases, some injuries may be so severe and can be described as catastrophic. Such injuries are characterized by overwhelming excruciating pain, loss of bodily function, extremely high medical expenses, emotional trauma, and more.

Generally, catastrophic injuries are severe injuries to the spinal cord, brain, or other parts of your body and may include spinal fractures and skull fractures. An injury may be considered catastrophic due to its life-changing impact on the life of the victim. 

In such situations, the injured person must, out of sheer necessity, pursue a personal injury claim by filing an injury lawsuit to recover the damages they suffered. But even if your injuries are catastrophic and permanent, it doesn’t mean that the legal battle against the accused’s insurance provider will be easy. 

Actually, the high level of compensation associated with such personal injury claims means that the other party’s insurance provider will try to fight your claim and get the amount of compensation reduced, regardless of how obvious the recklessness or negligence is, that may have caused your injury.

Self-representation, in this case, isn’t a good idea. Instead, work with a reliable injury law firm Ottawa to successfully analyze the facts involved in the case and ensure that you get the amount of compensation you are entitled to. 

Types of catastrophic injuries

The list of all possible catastrophic injuries is endless. Besides, the causes of catastrophic injuries are countless and could include common accidents such as slips and falls, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian-car accidents, and workplace accidents.

Other possible causes of catastrophic accidents include big-rig accidents, consumption of dangerous products, injuries associated with defective products, boating accidents, and more. Some of the common types of catastrophic injuries include:

Burn injuries: Improper disposal of dangerous chemicals, unsafe work conditions, and improper storage of dangerous products constitute negligence and could result in severe burns. Most burns are preventable but usually occur due to negligent actions or even inaction by the responsible parties.

Brain injuries: Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of brain-related injuries. When your head is struck violently against hard surfaces, there are two ways a catastrophic injury could occur. Either a direct injury to the brain or skull fractures, or both. Other causes of brain injuries include slip & fall injuries, a violent blow to the head, and more. 

Other common catastrophic injuries include spinal cord injuries, branchial plexus (having damaged nerves in your shoulders, chest area, and arms), post-traumatic visual loss, and more.

These injuries could alter your life financially, physically, and emotionally. For this reason, you should work with an experienced lawyer who can represent your interests and fight for your rights to get the amount of compensation you deserve.