Some personal injury claims have a significant impact on plaintiffs. The definition of a catastrophic injury, is one where the consequences are that the person is permanently injured and can no longer work or maintain a job. Catastrophic physical injuries affect victims on many levels, including emotional, psychological and physical. They also are noted for enormous medical bills. While some victims may be able to retrain to perform another job, a large number have severe cognitive and/or physical impairments preventing them from working.
Common types of catastrophic injuries include, but are not limited to the following:
- Brain injuries
- Multiple bone fractures
- Exposure to hazardous substances
- Severe burns
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries