What are catastrophic injuries?

Any personal injury resulting from an accident has the potential to be serious and necessitate you seeking compensation. However, you and other California residents may be interested in learning about catastrophic injuries, which signify a legal term describing a certain type of personal injury. Catastrophic injuries can differ from other types of injuries resulting from a car crash, workplace accident or other form of accident.

According to FindLaw, a catastrophic injury is an injury that is serious and usually permanent, which may result in a lifelong disability or ongoing pain and suffering. For example, if a drunk driver hits your car head-on, resulting in spinal injuries that leave you permanently in a wheelchair, your injuries would be considered catastrophic. You would likely need specialized medical care for the rest of your life, and depending on your limited abilities and the type of work you did before the accident, you might not be able to work anymore. Other catastrophic injuries can include the following:

  • A traumatic brain injury after slipping and falling on a spill at the grocery store
  • A limb amputation resulting from a workplace accident
  • Life-threatening burns from a faulty appliance that caught fire

After a catastrophic injury, you may choose to pursue compensation that can address the ongoing medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering you may expect to have while recovering from your injuries or for the rest of your life, if the injuries are permanent. Since this topic is complex, the information presented in this post should not replace the advice of a lawyer.

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