Explaining the Legal Definition of Catastrophic Injuries

Have you ever wondered what exactly constitutes a catastrophic injury? If so, you’re not alone. With so many types of injuries and varying degrees of severity, knowing where the line is drawn can be challenging. Understanding this legal definition is crucial for those who have suffered such an injury or seek compensation for someone else’s negligence. 

What is a Catastrophic Injury

In the legal field, a catastrophic injury is defined by its outcome. It is a serious, life-altering injury that profoundly impacts the victim and their family. They can be physical or psychological, often resulting in permanent disability. They often occur due to car accidents, workplace accidents, medical errors, or acts of violence. They can also occur due to exposure to hazardous materials or conditions.

Types of Catastrophic Injury

There are many different types of catastrophic injuries, but they all have one thing in common: they cause long-term or permanent damage to the victim. Here are some of the most common types of catastrophic injuries:

  • Brain damage or TBI
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Amputation
  • Severe burns
  • Blindness or loss of senses
  • Deformity 

Legal Rights of People with a Catastrophic Injury

If the injury results from someone else’s negligence, such as a car accident, workplace accident, or even a product liability, you may consider filing a lawsuit to collect compensation from the responsible party. As catastrophic injuries are serious, you may be entitled to a significant amount. Those injured likely have substantial medical bills, loss of work, lifelong care, and pain and suffering. For example, the lifetime cost to care for someone with a traumatic brain injury is estimated to be from $600,000 – $1.8 million. 

If you or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic injury, you must understand your legal rights and options by talking to an attorney. Every case is different, and the amount you are ultimately entitled to will depend on various factors. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.