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What Makes an Injury Catastrophic?


What Makes an Injury Catastrophic?

Any time an individual sustains an injury, there is likely some trauma involved in the experience. In the eyes of the law, however, there is a difference between a personal injury and a catastrophic injury. While there is technically no universal definition for what constitutes a catastrophic injury, there are some general definitions that are widely accepted. In terms of damages, catastrophic injuries also differ from personal injuries since they typically involve larger sums to compensate for the severity of the injury and the continued pain and medical expenses survivors often face.

Defining Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries involve larger damages than personal injuries due to the fact that the injuries themselves are much more severe and, thus, tend to require expensive long-term or lifelong medical care, which can be impossibly burdensome for survivors who cannot return to work as a result of their injuries. Additionally, given the severity of these types of injuries, an injured victim might face mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety.

Below are some of the most common types of catastrophic injuries:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Severe or disfiguring burns
  • Amputations
  • Multiple bone fractures
  • Organ damage
  • Exposure to a harmful chemical or substance

A catastrophic injury can be caused by any incident that results in physical trauma to a person. Motor vehicle accidents, particularly those that involve large commercial trucks, commonly cause these types of injuries. Other incidents that can cause catastrophic injuries include:

  • Construction accidents
  • Defective consumer products
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Medical malpractice

Damages for Catastrophic Injuries

As previously mentioned, catastrophic injury cases have the potential to result in multimillion-dollar verdicts. To a healthy person who is unaware of what a catastrophic injury entails, this might seem excessive. The fact is that when you tally up the lifetime of lost earnings, pricey medical bills for continued treatment and invasive procedures, as well as the physical and emotional pain associated with these injuries, the compensation victims receive is rarely enough to make up for what they have lost. Any survivor would trade the money awarded to them to have a normal life again.

Catastrophic Injury Attorney in New Orleans

If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury due to another party’s negligent actions, you deserve to have a skilled and experienced attorney from Cossé Law Firm on your side to fight for the fair and just compensation you need to help relieve you of the financial burden associated with recovering from such devastating injuries. You should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes.

Reach out to our firm today and call us at (504) 265-1600 to schedule a free case evaluation today with our New Orleans personal injury attorney.


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