Catastrophic Injuries are those that have an extreme impact on the life of the person injured. It makes providing for your family extremely difficult or impossible. It can leave you unable to work at all, or at least unable to work to your same ability as before which can lead to lower paying jobs. Catastrophic Injuries include Birth Injuries, Burn Injuries, Brain Injuries, and Spinal Cord Trauma.
Birth Injuries are normally the result of the negligence of a physician which can lead to a medical malpractice claim. These injuries are injuries that will leave a child unable to ever live and provide for themselves on their own. These injuries also create the need for lifelong medical treatments and medical bills for the child.
Brain and Spinal Cord Trauma are both very severe and life impacting injuries. Brain Injuries can cause memory loss, lifelong medical treatment, loss of ability to work, or loss of ability to even take care of ones self. Spinal Cord Trauma can lead to paralysis which would leave you with the inability to continue to work in some professions or at all. Spinal Cord Trauma will result in lifelong medical treatments and even a change in the way one lives their life
Catastrophic Injuries can result in damages that include loss of profits, past and future medical bills, as well as pain and suffering. This could also result in damages for changes needed to the home to accommodate a new disability created by the injury.
An example could be the need for wider doorways and lower counters to accommodate someone in a wheelchair due to paralysis caused by spinal cord trauma.
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