Catastrophic injuries are aptly named because they’re more severe than typical injuries and generally have lifelong effects. Many catastrophic injuries cause permanent disability, significant disfigurement, and a loss of enjoyment of life that can never be regained. Individuals and families affected by a catastrophic injury deserve the maximum amount of compensation possible.
What Qualifies as a Catastrophic Injury?
There is no definitive explanation of what constitutes a catastrophic injury, however, it is generally assumed that an injury qualifies as catastrophic when it permanently disfigures or disables the victim and/or prevents them from obtaining gainful employment in the future. Additionally, an injury may be considered catastrophic if it requires multiple surgeries and extended hospital stays to correct, or the victim will have a lifetime of medical treatment ahead of them.
What Are Examples of Catastrophic Injuries?
Some common examples of catastrophic injuries that can occur in motor vehicle accidents or many other types of accidents include but are not limited to:
- A brain injury that results in significant cognitive impairment or dysfunction
- A spinal cord injury that results in disability, including chronic pain or paralysis
- Loss of limb
- A dog bite that results in significant facial scarring and disfigurement
- Severe burn injuries that result in the need for extensive skin grafting and cause permanent disfigurement
In many cases, victims of catastrophic injuries require some level of regular care or assistance with daily tasks.
Compensation for Catastrophic Injuries
Compensation for catastrophic injuries tends to be higher than traditional personal injury cases, however, these cases are also more difficult to prove. An attorney must present evidence not only for current medical expenses and lost wages, but also expected future medical expenses and future lost wages. What also must be calculated that is difficult to assign a monetary value is the loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, physical and mental anguish, and other emotional damages.
When to Contact a Lawyer
If you or a loved one have suffered a catastrophic injury, life will never be the same. A new normal must be achieved, and this is often difficult without adequate funds. At the Sarkisian Law Offices, we will zealously advocate for you and your loved ones to receive the full and fair compensation you deserve for your suffering, so you can focus on healing and learning how to live life again after a devastating injury. Call today for a consultation at (219) 942-7171.