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Personal Injury Law in the State of California: Examples of Catastrophic Injuries

| Dec 19, 2018 | Catastrophic Injuries, Personal Injury

Surviving an accident can leave a person with anything from a minimal cut or scrape, to a catastrophic injury in which the individual may never fully recuperate from. Whether the injury transpired as a result of a burn, vehicle accident, slip and fall, or serious head impact, serious calamites will likely cause injuries that require lifelong medical attention.

Defining a Catastrophic Injury

According to the American Medical Association, a catastrophic injury can be defined as an injury caused to a person’s spinal cord, spine, or brain.

Contingent on the circumstances surrounding the event, many catastrophic injuries are a direct or indirect result of carelessness and/or negligence caused by another individual or party. If you or someone you know has suffered injuries as a result of a reckless party, seek the legal advice of a proficient attorney that has experience in dealing with catastrophic injury claims. A knowledgeable attorney will guide you through the process of filing a claim and help to ensure that you present a strong case.

The following are common causes of a catastrophic injury:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Work-related injuries
  • Truck collisions
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Recreational activity accidents
  • Sport accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Medical malpractice or medical mishaps
  • Defective product incidents
  • Defective medical devices
  • Defective medical drugs

Identifying Catastrophic Injuries

Depending on the event that caused the injury, there are various types of catastrophic injuries a person may endure. Unfortunately, catastrophic injuries will always involve devastating events that will certainly affect the victim for a long period of time. Oftentimes, the injuries will affect the victim for the rest of his or her life. The following are some of the most extreme catastrophic injuries a person can endure.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can leave a victim with lifelong cognitive dysfunction. A victim may also experience speech and language difficulties, along with complications with his or her emotions. Further, victims can also struggle with partial or complete immobility.

Spinal Cord Injuries

A victim who has suffered a spinal cord injury will likely endure partial or complete paralysis. Generally, individuals who have suffered spinal cord injury will be left with the inability to move his or her extremities. Furthermore, victims of spinal cord injuries will also find complications with their respirator and/or circulatory system.

Severe Burn Injuries

Severe burn injuries will often cause extreme infections, disfigurement, loss of limbs, and even permanent disability.

Ruptured Intestines

Depending on the calamity, an individual can suffer internal injuries. Some of the most commonly affected areas involve the rupture of a liver, bowel, spleen, or kidney. Frequently, these injuries will result in internal bleeding, which could be life threatening.

Seek Legal Support After a Catastrophic Injury

Catastrophic injuries are likely to affect not only the victim, but his or her entire family as well. The family will be expected to readjust to assisting the victim after the life altering injuries. These types of injuries can also affect a person in terms of finances. In the event that the victim was the sole provider for his or her family, it is likely that the entire family will undergo financial difficulty.

The attorneys at Martinez & Schill LLP are dedicated to assisting victims of catastrophic injuries caused by negligent parties obtain financial compensation for their grievances. They are skilled and highly experienced in the field of brain injury claims as well as other major catastrophic injuries. If you or someone you love has endured a catastrophic injury, seek proficient legal support as soon as possible.