Personal injury cases can range from more minor wounds like a broken finger to drastic spinal cord injuries. The latter, if severe enough, may be called a catastrophic injury and can result in enormous amounts of discomfort and expenses. These injuries, in many cases, have long-lasting effects and can change the way you live your life on a day-to-day basis.
As your personal injury attorney, I will work diligently to discover the reason behind your catastrophic injury, especially if it resulted from someone acting negligently. When one individual causes another harm in Louisiana, they are “at-fault” and must compensate you for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
What is Classified as a Catastrophic Injury?
These injuries get their name from the amount of damage they can do to someone, whether it is physical, mental, or emotional. The legal definition of a catastrophic injury, according to the US Code, is “an injury that permanently prevents an individual from performing any gainful work.” In other words, injuries from which you can never recover completely after your accident.
Examples of Catastrophic Injuries
They may affect almost any part of your body and can lead to a diverse range of long-term, irreversible consequences.
- Traumatic brain injuries have more long-term effects on your cognitive function, including your speech and emotion, but may also result in the inability to have motor control over your arms and legs.
- Spinal cord injuries, depending on what area of your spine was damaged, can cause partial or complete paralysis, breathing or circulatory issues, muscle spasms, chronic pain, or incontinence.
- Severe burns can lead to infection if treated improperly, limb loss, or even disfigurement.
- Limb loss is a common workplace injury, especially professions that require the use of dangerous tools, heavy machinery, or both.
- Ruptured or pierced organs, including livers, lungs, or kidneys, cause internal bleeding, which can be life-threatening.
Catastrophic injuries result from an abundance of different kinds of accidents, many of which are common incidents that resulted in more severe injuries than normal.