There is no specific definition of a catastrophic injury. Generally, we consider an injury to be catastrophic when it upends your whole life. A catastrophic injury prevents an individual from living or working at the same level they once did. The injuries sustained completely alter the course of the survivor’s life, and those effects could last their lifetime.
Some injuries considered to be catastrophic include:
- Organ damage, rupture, or failure
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Third-degree burns
- Paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia, hemiplegia
- Neurological issues
- Multiple fractured bones
- Loss of hearing
- Severe eye injuries
- Loss of vision
- Detached retina(s)
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another individual or caused intentionally by another person, speak to an experienced serious personal injury attorney.
Any accident can cause serious personal injuries. However, some of the most common accidents that can result in catastrophic injuries:
- Violent acts against the person
- Car and other vehicle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
Catastrophic injuries lawsuits are filed under the personal injury umbrella. Filing a catastrophic injury suit is the same as filing any other personal injury lawsuit. However, with most catastrophic injury lawsuits, a plaintiff asks for compensation for a life’s worth of lost wages if it is appropriate.
Other Personal Injury FAQs:
- Are catastrophic injury cases different than personal injury lawsuits?
- Can I handle my personal injury claim without a lawyer?
- Can I still file a personal injury claim even if I was partially at fault?
- Can I wait to contact a personal injury lawyer?
- How do I know if I have a personal injury claim?
- How do you win a personal injury case in Texas?
- How does a victim of a catastrophic injury deal with insurance companies?
- How long does it take to get my case settled?
- How long does it take to get results in a catastrophic injury cases?
- I don’t have a lot of money after my accident how am I going to afford an attorney?
- I don’t have a lot of money and work at a low paying job. How can I possibly afford to hire a personal injury lawyer?
- I was in a bad car accident and sustained serious injuries. Can an attorney help me get compensation for my medical bills?
- If I file a personal injury claim, am I entitled to compensation for my injuries?
- My wife was killed by a drunk driver. Isn’t that a criminal matter? If so, why would I need a personal injury lawyer?
- Should I accept the settlement offer from the insurance company after my accident?
- Should I hire an experienced personal injury attorney after being involved in a serious accident?
- What am I supposed to do after being involved in an accident and I am badly injured?
- What are catastrophic injuries?
- What are special and general damages?
- What do comparative fault and the doctrine of proportionate responsibility mean?
- What do I do if the insurance company representative contacts me?
- What has to be proven in a personal injury case?
- What is a personal injury lawyer and how do I know if I need to hire one?
- What is a personal injury lawyer and why would I need one?
- What is a serious personal injury?
- What is the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury case in Texas?
- What kind of compensation am I eligible to receive by filing a personal injury claim?
- What kinds of accidents cause catastrophic injuries?
- What kinds of damages am I eligible for after an accident?
- What kinds of expenses could I claim after being injured in an accident?
- What types of personal injury claims are seen in Texas?
- When are injuries sustained in a car accident considered to be catastrophic?
- Why do I need a personal injury lawyer if the insurance company of the person who caused the accident I was in has offered me a settlement?
- Why would I need a personal injury lawyer for a minor accident and minor injuries?