The term “catastrophic injury” is used to describe any injury
that is so debilitating that it prevents a victim from engaging in gainful
employment. Typically, these injuries necessitate long-term medical care,
multiple surgeries and treatments, and a difficult recovery process. While
this isn’t a strict legal definition, the term “catastrophic
injury” is still used to classify a victim’s overall condition.
Catastrophic injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Severe burn injuries
- Nerve injuries
A catastrophic injury is usually caused by the negligent actions (and sometimes
inaction) of a person, corporation, or government entity. For example,
most catastrophic injuries occur due to motor vehicle collisions, malfunctioning
machines or products, and workplace accidents.
The Importance of Compensation
What separates a “catastrophic injury” from a “personal
injury” is the degree of physical and psychological damage. Catastrophic
injuries are severe and often necessitate ongoing or lifelong medical
treatments and professional care. For this reason, a catastrophic personal
injury lawsuit is often essential in providing financial compensation
that can ensure a victim’s quality of life.
You can seek damages for:
- Long-term professional care
- Medical treatments and surgeries
- Loss of wages and earning capacity
- Emergency services
- Physical and psychological therapy
- Emotional and mental trauma
Typically, the damages awarded in catastrophic personal injury cases far
exceed the compensation awarded in standard personal injury cases. This
is because the court is aware that a victim’s financial needs are
greater. Oftentimes, victims have trouble affording the full extent of
their medical treatments and professional care needs. The court tries
to mitigate these financial difficulties by awarding victims damages that
can pay for their medical expenses and any potential fees associated with
their recovery process.
File Your Claim
If you’re planning on pursuing damages for a catastrophic injury,
you’re going to need the guidance of an experienced attorney who
can maximize your claim. At Allen, Semelsberger & Kaelin LLP, our
San Diego personal injury lawyers have helped clients secure millions of dollars in compensation.
Rely on our 25 years of personal injury experience.
Call Allen, Semelsberger & Kaelin LLP at (888) 998-2031 to schedule a consultation.