CATASTROPHIC INJURIES

There are many kinds of serious, life-threatening injuries that can upend your life in the blink of an eye. To reach the legal classification of a catastrophic injury, however, the injury must stop you from earning a living, which is obviously an extremely serious situation. If someone else’s negligence leaves you with a catastrophic injury, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney in your corner.

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Legally Defined

In the State of California, a catastrophic injury refers to an injury that permanently prevents someone from engaging in any gainful work. The kinds of injuries that tend to qualify as catastrophic injuries and that preclude one from returning to work include:

Spinal Cord Injuries – Can happen anywhere on the spinal cord, and if the spinal cord is severed, the victim can suffer permanent paralysis in the area of the body that corresponds with the injury, which typically qualifies as a catastrophic injury.

Serious Burns – Can damage the area underlying the burn all the way down to the bone, including the muscles and tendons. Burns are closely associated with life-threatening infections, serious secondary health concerns, and disfigurement (when on or near the face). The larger the burned area, the more likely the burn is to be a catastrophic injury.ypically qualifies as a catastrophic injury.

Damage to Internal Organs – When internal organs are damaged, it can have serious and potentially life-threatening physical ramifications.

An Amputation – Losing a limb can make returning to work extremely difficult (if not impossible).

Multiple Broken Bones – When the injury-causing accident is so serious that it leads to multiple breaks, it might be deemed a catastrophic situation.

Traumatic Brain Injuries – Because traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) affect the brain, they often have catastrophic consequences. Victims of severe TBIs often experience significant long-term issues, including those that can keep them from working or enjoying life the way they did before their injuries. The physical and psychological ramifications of a serious TBI can lead to a lifetime of hardship.

Any one of these injuries can quickly derail your life and leave you facing an extremely difficult path forward.

Treatment

The fact is that, while victims of catastrophic injuries can make significant progress on the road to wellness, most don’t ever fully recover. The medical costs associated with such an injury tend to require sweepingly comprehensive medical treatment and care that can include all of the following:

Emergency treatment at the scene of the accident and emergency transportation to the hospital

Surgeries

Hospitalizations

Treatment from doctors, specialists, and therapists

Ongoing physical therapy

Rehabilitation

Home health care

Adaptive physical devices, home adaptations, and/or vehicle adaptations

Specialty care for your specific injury (care at a burn center, for example)

Your catastrophic injury can require a lifetime of care, and these injuries often lead to serious secondary health concerns. In other words, it’s difficult to calculate exactly how costly a catastrophic injury will end up being in terms of medical expenses.

Common Causes

Catastrophic injuries are often caused by negligence-based accidents, including:

Car Accidents, Including Lyft and Uber Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Truck Accidents
Bicycle Accidents
Pedestrian Accidents
Bus Accidents
Accidents on Construction Sites
Accidents Caused by Faultily Maintained Commercial Properties
Slip and Fall Accidents
Dog Bites or Animal Attacks

Damages beyond Medical Expenses

While the medical costs associated with your catastrophic injury are likely to be extremely high, this isn’t the end of the story. Consider all of the following additional damages you could face:

Your Lost Wages – In addition to not earning an income in the here and now, you’ll be looking at lost earnings in relation to your career’s development over the years.

Your Pain and Suffering – The physical and psychological pain and suffering associated with a catastrophic injury are difficult to overstate. The life you planned and created for yourself has taken an abrupt turn as a result of someone else's negligence, and that isn't easy to accept. Many victims of catastrophic injuries need ongoing psychological counseling to help them come to terms with the obstacles they face.

Additional Services – Catastrophic injuries are so severe that they tend to require additional services to help victims overcome their full scope of complications. These can include occupational therapy for help with remastering the normal activities of daily life, long-term daily care for attending to the tasks of daily living (such as meals and baths), and a life care plan that addresses the complete array of medical and additional services victims will likely need over the course of their lives.

Wrongful Death – Some catastrophic injuries are so serious that they culminate in death, and although the victim himself or herself can't recover compensation for this ultimate loss, his or her family can do so on his or her behalf. While the compensation awarded in a wrongful death claim can't mitigate the grief the family must endure, it can help them move forward toward healing.

Ultimately, catastrophic injuries take one’s losses to a whole new level that must be carefully addressed in order to help ensure that your best interests are served.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages sometimes play a role in catastrophic injury cases. Punitive damages are levied when the at-fault party’s actions are deemed to have been either intentionally harmful or extremely reckless and can include malice or fraud. Punitive damages are intended to punish the at-fault party – rather than as compensation for your damages. Punitive damages are in addition to compensatory damages, and they are based on the egregiousness of the at-fault party’s actions.

An Experienced Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

A catastrophic injury can affect your life, your relationships, and your career so significantly that it’s difficult to fully grasp. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Kash Legal Group in LA have the compassion and commitment to skillfully harness their considerable experience with these difficult cases as they advocate for a claim resolution that allows you to move forward with confidence. We care about your case, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us for more information today.

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