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What’s a Catastrophic Injury?

Published on Jun 6, 2018 at 5:51 pm in Personal Injury.

Some injuries may cause pain, require medical attention, and need time to heal, but eventually they do heal and you can return to your everyday life. Catastrophic injuries have a different outcome. These injuries often have long-term consequences and the person may never fully recover. Catastrophic injuries limit a person’s ability to work and often have mental repercussions as well. The trauma of the injury and the change in lifestyle can cause mental illnesses or personality changes.

Catastrophic injuries can also prove fatal. The sudden loss of a loved one is devastating, especially when it was due to negligence.  If a loved one has passed away because of catastrophic injuries, you can seek justice for them. A Milwaukee wrongful death lawyer from Urban & Taylor will stand up for your loved one and get you the compensation you deserve.

What Are Types of Catastrophic Injuries?

A catastrophic injury will cause permanent damage that can drastically affect your life. Some types of injuries include:

  • Loss of Senses. Losing sight or hearing are examples of catastrophic injuries.
  • Permanent Disability. Injuries to the spine or brain could result in injuries like paralysis or loss of cognitive function.
  • Loss of Limb. Severe injuries could mean losing an arm or a leg.
  • Need Assistance with Care for Life. A person’s injury could require lifetime medical assistance.
  • Need Medical Devices or Tools. Someone may need to depend on a medical device for the rest of their lives. It could be an internal device or a tool like a walker or wheelchair.

Catastrophic injuries can bring major changes to your life in the future. You may not be able to return to your job, even when you’ve made a recovery. You may have to adapt your lifestyle and allow time for rehabilitation or physical therapy, counseling if there are psychological issues, and medication.

What Causes Catastrophic Injuries?

A catastrophic injury can occur in a number of ways. When negligence permeates into personal and professional lives, you don’t have to be doing something dangerous to be at risk of a catastrophic injury.

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents. Cars, trucks, and motorcycle accidents can all cause catastrophic injuries.
  • Construction Accidents. Unsafe construction sites risk heavy objects dropping and hitting people or fall risks from ladders.
  • Medical Malpractice. When doctors fail to diagnose, surgeons make a critical mistake, or a pharmacist gives someone the wrong medication, the patient can suffer serious consequences.
  • Defective Medical Devices. Many people get surgery to implant medical devices to help solve a medical problem. But sometimes those devices don’t work and cause further problems like infection and will need a corrective surgery to remove the device.
  • Workplace Accidents.
  • A person could be on a ladder fixing something or leaning on a staircase railing. If the ladder or railing aren’t stable, the person could fall and injure themselves.

While you may not know what the future holds, you can fight for your rights to get financial support. Knowing that you won’t have to worry about money will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on other parts of your recovery, or give you room to grieve for your loved one.

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