What are Catastrophic Injuries?
Catastrophic injuries are serious injuries that will have long-term effects on victims. While the exact definition depends on who you ask, these injuries usually result in functional impairment and typically involve an injury to the brain or spine. Functional impairments can include paralysis, cognitive problems, and/or loss of sensory perception. Some examples of injuries that are often catastrophic include serious head trauma, spinal cord injuries, eye injuries, traumatic brain injuries, accidental amputations, and organ damage.
These injuries usually put significant financial and emotional pressure on victims and their families, as victims are typically unable to work and are usually faced with a lifetime of medical and rehabilitative costs. For this reason, it’s critical that victims of catastrophic injuries retain an aggressive, experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
What Kinds of Accidents Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries?
Virtually any type of accident can result in a catastrophic injury. For example, a slip and fall accident has the potential to result in a serious traumatic brain injury if the victim happens to hit his or her head on a sharp object on the way down. Similarly, a swimming pool diving accident can leave a victim paralyzed if he or she hits the bottom of a pool head first with sufficient force. That being said, certain kinds of accidents tend to cause catastrophic injuries more often than others. These include the following:
• Car accidents
• Truck accidents
• Bicycle accidents
• Sports accidents
• Motorcycle accidents
• Boating accidents
• Aviation accidents
• Construction site accidents
• Falls from heights
When Can Victims Recover Compensation
Victims of catastrophic injuries are often concerned about whether they will be able to recover compensation for their injuries, and rightfully so. Catastrophic injuries often result in astronomical medical expenses, a lifetime of lost income, and untold noneconomic losses in terms of physical and emotional pain and suffering. As a result, victims need to everything they can to protect their rights – which starts by retaining an experienced lawyer.
When catastrophic injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence, victims are typically entitled to financial recovery under California law. Negligence occurs when a person fails to use the degree of care that would normally be exercised by a person in the same or similar circumstances. As a victim, it’s important to understand that identifying negligence can be difficult, so it’s imperative that you have your case reviewed by an attorney – even if you think that your accident was unavoidable or that you caused it. Failure to do so could result in substantial uncompensated economic and non-economic losses.
Call the Law Offices of Gary C. Eisenberg Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
If you’ve sustained catastrophic injuries in an accident that was caused by another person, you should speak to a qualified attorney as soon as you can. At the Law Office of Gary C. Eisenberg, we will never collect legal fees from you unless we recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer, call our office today at 818-591-8058 or send us an email through our online contact form.