Does It Mean If an Injury Is “Catastrophic”?
Some injuries are hard, but you can bounce back, and some leave you never the same again. Catastrophic injuries are so bad that the victim’s life is changed in every respect. They will most likely never fully recover. Common types of catastrophic injuries include brain injuries, burns, spinal cord injuries, and loss of limbs. Unfortunately, catastrophic injuries are all too common in personal injury cases.
What Are Examples of Catastrophic Injuries?
A minor impact can cause a catastrophic injury if it on a particular part of the body. For example, even a minor impact can cause a traumatic brain injury. According to the Center for Disease Control, a traumatic brain injury can be caused by a “bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works.” A minor concussion from a bump to the head can have a devastating impact on a person’s behavioral and cognitive function. Symptoms can take days or weeks to develop, and because brain injuries are difficult to diagnose, traumatic brain injuries can go undetected for weeks and even months.
For this reason, it’s critical that accident victims seek immediate medical attention if they suffer from any of the following symptoms post-accident:
- Memory Loss
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Blurred Vision
- Behavioral Changes
Spinal cord injuries can be absolutely devastating. Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis, immobility, and even death. The spinal cord doesn’t regenerate cells, meaning that once spinal cord cells are damaged, they don’t heal. This can leave a victim with lifelong disability, limitations, and the need for constant care that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
When a spinal injury is so severe that it leads to quadriplegia (paralysis of both the arms and the legs), the victim will need a life care plan to ensure that their medical needs will be met for the rest of their expected life, sometimes long after family is able to care for them.
Burn injuries can be devastating, too. Not only are they painful and disfiguring, but even extensive 2nd and 3rd degree burns can cause death from infection. They may result in disfiguring scarring and immobility, loss of senses, including touch, vision, and hearing, and amputation of severely burned limbs.
If you, a family member, or a friend have had the misfortune of suffering a catastrophic injury in a personal injury case, we want to help you. The attorneys at Kidneigh & Kaufman, P.C. are experienced at handling catastrophic injuries, know the medicine behind these types of injuries, and know how to obtain compensation for injured victims. Call Kidneigh & Kaufman today at 303-393-6666 to schedule your free consultation.
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What is a Concussion? https://www.cdc.gov/ headsup/basics/ concussion_whatis.html.