Do you know what a catastrophic injury is? Or, what makes these types of injuries different from others? To begin with, catastrophic injuries result in permanent and long lasting damage to the victim. The individual may have to deal with permanent scarring or lifelong disabilities due to the injuries they suffer. The victim many also require permanent care and not be able to go back to work.
If you have suffered a serious injury because of a defective product, medical error or another type of accident, they may be entitled to compensation. After all, dealing with lost wages, medical care and medical bills can be quite overwhelming after a catastrophic accident occurs.
Below, you can learn about some of the most common types of catastrophic injuries that can occur.
Burn injuries are one type of catastrophic injury. A burn is categorized based on how severe they are. For example:
- First degree burns: This type of burn injury only affects a person’s outermost layer of skin and results in blisters and redness.
- Second degree burns: These are more serious and may require the use of skin grafts if the burns are widespread.
- Third-degree burns: Also referred to as full thickness burns, every layer of skin is affected when this occurs. Recovery is often extensive; however, this depends on how much of the person’s body was actually affected.
A brain injury can result from blunt force trauma to the head, or it could occur due to a dangerous drug or medical error. A traumatic brain injury, commonly just called a TBI, refers to a brain injury that occurs because of a sudden force. Depending on how severe and widespread the injury is, a brain injury is categorized as being severe, moderate or mild. When an accident occurs where a brain injury may be possible, it is imperative that a victim seeks medical attention right away.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Another type of catastrophic injury is a spinal cord injury. These can result from trauma that directly affects the spinal cord or the surrounding tissues or bones. Some examples of how this type of injury occurs include car accidents, assault, slip, and fall accidents and more. If the spinal cord suffers an injury, it can result in the loss of movement and feeling, pain, the loss of bladder control and more. While surgery can help to fix the broken disks and bones, it is sometimes impossible to restore a victim’s full ability and health.
Some accidents result in the loss of a limb. Regardless of if the limb was dismembered due to the accident or had to be surgically removed, the loss of a leg or arm can affect a victim’s life permanently. In most cases, this type of injury results in the individual being unable to work and they may require ongoing medical care and physical therapy.
If you, or someone you love, ever suffers a catastrophic injury, it is a good idea to seek legal representation. If the injury resulted due to someone else’s fault or negligence, you might be able to recover compensation.