No one ever thinks they’re going to sustain a catastrophic injury, but many California residents suffer such injuries after accidents. Some are common and may range in severity.
What is a catastrophic injury?
A catastrophic injury is a serious type of injury that affects the victim’s everyday life. Many are permanent and severe, requiring lifelong care. Catastrophic injuries impact a victim physically and emotionally and can cost significant money to treat.
What are common examples of catastrophic injuries?
There are several catastrophic injuries that are commonly sustained after car accidents, falls, sports accidents and violent acts. Traumatic brain injuries can occur when a person has a sharp hit or blow to the head. Some of these injuries can develop if the victim’s skull is penetrated by an object. TBIs can drastically change a person’s life and lead to continuous pain and cognitive impairment.
A spinal cord injury ranks as one of the most common types of catastrophic injuries. They, too, can change a person’s life depending on their severity. In the worst cases, a spinal cord injury can result in paralysis and spending the rest of one’s life in a wheelchair. If the victim suffers quadriplegia, they might be dependent on oxygen for the rest of their life.
Severe burns are among the most severe catastrophic injuries. People with these injuries might end up disfigured for life if they suffer third- or fourth-degree burns. Continuous therapy and multiple surgeries might be necessary, but many victims end up suffering a lifetime of chronic pain after sustaining this kind of injury.
Some serious accidents can result in severe internal organ damage. For example, in a significantly severe car crash, a person might suffer a ruptured liver or kidney along with internal bleeding. These injuries require prompt medical attention as they can be potentially life-threatening.
Catastrophic injuries can change your life forever. If you suffered such an injury due to someone else’s negligence, hold them accountable.