Many catastrophic injuries are sustained in accidents that were caused by someone else’s negligence, such as car accidents caused by negligent drivers, falls caused by negligent property owners and accidents caused by defective and harmful products.
Catastrophic injuries almost always result in significant and ongoing expenses, such as medical bills, assistive care, lost wages and rehabilitation – not to mention the enormous psychological toll.
If you or a loved one has suffered catastrophic injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. You should seek legal advice immediately – before you discuss the matter with an insurance adjuster and before you sign anything.
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Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries happen suddenly and have permanent or long-term debilitating effects. The following are some examples of catastrophic injuries:
- Amputation or loss of a limb: When limbs are lost in accidents, it is known as traumatic amputation. This can happen in car accidents or in workplace accidents with power tools, electric shock or explosions. Limbs can be damaged so severely in crush injuries that they have to be surgically amputated.
- Spinal cord injury (SCI): can occur in car crashes, workplace accidents, falls and other types of accidents. It can leave the victim paralyzed for life. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) reports that an estimated 276,000 people are living with SCI in the U.S. There are approximately 12,500 new SCI cases every year.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): According to the CDC, falls cause 40.5 percent of TBIs, car accidents cause 14.3 percent and “struck by/against,” a common occupational injury, causes 15.5 percent. TBI can be fatal. Those who survive may suffer impaired thinking, memory, movement, sensation and emotional functioning for the rest of their lives.
- Severe burns: The American Burn Association estimates that there were 450,000 burn injuries serious enough to require medical treatment in one recent year in the U.S. Among those burn injury victims, 40,000 had to be hospitalized. These burn injuries were caused by vehicle fires, contact with electricity and nonresidential fires, among other causes. Serious third-degree burns can require skin grafting and leave the victim permanently scarred and disfigured.
- Eye injury causing loss of vision: Catastrophic injuries to the eyes in workplace, motor vehicle and other types of accidents can rob victims of their sight, forever limiting their ability to work and function in daily life.
- Serious internal organ damage: This type of physical damage can result in the need for continuous medical care, organ transplants and subsequent surgeries. In the most serious cases, internal organ damage can be fatal. These types of injuries are common in car accidents and can also occur in the workplace and other types of accidents.
Legal Help for Catastrophic Injury Victims
If you or a loved one has suffered catastrophic injuries in an accident caused by the negligence of another, you should consult with the experienced personal injury lawyers at Kraft & Associates as soon as possible. You may be entitled to pursue compensation for your losses, including:
- Medical expenses.
- Lost wages.
- Lost future wages.
- Assistive care.
- Mental and physical pain and suffering.
- Loss of consortium.
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