Most of the accidents that occur every day are minor fender-benders with minimal amounts of damage and injury. In some cases, however, injuries could be catastrophic.
What Are Catastrophic Injuries?
Catastrophic injuries are those that prevent someone from working permanently. This type of injury often dramatically impacts a person’s life, rendering the victim disabled. It might severely limit a person’s ability to function as they normally would. Some examples of catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
How are Catastrophic Injury Claims Different from Others?
Patient May Never Fully Return to the Same Level of Health
Catastrophic injuries are different because you might never fully return to the same level of health as you were before the accident. Because catastrophic injuries are so severe, your medical treatment may be expensive and ongoing. Most times you have a number of surgeries and extensive rehab. You might have to have more than one usual routine doctor visits and possibly require devices and equipment.
Medical Treatment and Care is Expensive
These treatments and care necessities get expensive. In addition, you probably won’t be able to work and should be entitled to compensation for lost wages. Because these types of injuries are emotionally stressful on you and your family, you might be owed for pain and suffering calculations as well.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Injuries to the Spine, Spinal Cord, or Brain
As defined by the American Medical Association, a catastrophic injury as a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain. This could also include skull or spine fractures.
Severe Burns, Amputations, Blindness, Disfigurement, and hearing loss
For the purposes of legal claims, however, other types of injuries are included in the catastrophic injury category. These include severe burns, amputations, blindness, disfigurement, and hearing loss.
Need for a Life Care Plan for the Patient
A patient who suffers a catastrophic injury will need to establish a life care plan. A life care plan is developed with input from a number of different types of medical professionals. The document includes what care will be necessary, how the patient’s home will need to be adapted, how the patient will achieve mobility, outlines medical supplies, equipment and devices the patient will need, and more.
Contact An Experienced Attorney
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident that caused catastrophic injuries, you need someone to help you get compensation for damages. Call to speak with an experienced Houston car accident lawyer at Pusch & Nguyen Law Firm. Receive a free consultation to see what your case may possibly be worth. You don’t have to face your car accident alone.