Legally speaking, there is no definitive answer to what a catastrophic injury is. The consequences of such an injury range from emotional anguish to physical handicap and they typically include one’s inability to work or find employment in the aftermath of a survived catastrophe.
Since a catastrophic injury cannot be easily defined, having the best personal injury lawyer on your side can mean the difference between giving up and recovering. Here’s everything you need to know about this type of personal injury claim and how to file it.
What Does a Catastrophic Injury Entail?
Catastrophic injuries can leave their victims permanently damaged and unable to support themselves and their family. But it’s not only the physical and financial aspect of a person’s life that suffers from the consequences of surviving a catastrophic injury.
An injury of this kind can significantly diminish the victim’s quality of life. A catastrophically injured person will not be able to socialize, travel, exercise, take care of one’s self, or engage in other activities that are considered important in the context of a meaningful life.
Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries
These are some of the injuries that can be legally treated as catastrophic:
- Multiple bone fractures
- Severe burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Organ damage
- Incapacitating emotional injuries
- Incurable and untreatable diseases
Every type of injury that is detrimental for a person’s physical and mental health, so much so that it prevents the victim from applying their skills, developing new ones, finding employment, and performing meaningful work, can be defined as catastrophic.
The same applies to the types of injuries that leave a victim permanently unable to live an active, healthy, and purposeful life, whether because of the physical impairment or emotional handicap that has occurred in the aftermath of a catastrophic accident.
Compensation for Catastrophic Injuries
If you’ve suffered an injury that can be legally defined as and considered catastrophic, you are entitled to a settlement. The type of compensation you can receive depends on a number of factors, such as how serious, incapacitating, and emotionally damaging the injury is.
In most cases, catastrophically injured individuals are entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses (for surgeries, rehabilitation, medical devices, and medication)
- Lost wages, if the person is permanently disabled and can’t find employment
- Emotional anguish (depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other mental health issues)
How Can I File a Catastrophic Injury Claim?
Here at Vasilatos Injury Law, we don’t care for injustice.
Our team of experienced, committed, and attentive personal injury law specialists will patiently walk you through all the processes of filing a catastrophic injury claim and help you heal from the terrible loss you and your family are suffering from.
We may not be able to cure your wounds, but we can ease your physical, emotional, and financial burden by working to get you compensated for medical expenses, lost wages, and mental trauma. That way, you’ll be able to fully focus on your recovery.
Contact us at Vasilatos Injury Law today!
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