The Lifetime Impact of Catastrophic Injury
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Mon Dec 2017
- Personal Injury,
It’s called “catastrophic” for a reason. And, if you or loved one has suffered it, you might already surmise the lifetime impact of the catastrophic injury. Without question, there are certain types of injuries from which there is just no bouncing back. Fortunately, you defied the odds and did not suffer a fatal accident. Nevertheless, you could find that it only takes one incident to completely derail your quality of life.
Accidents that involve catastrophic injuries can occur in a number of ways, In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that many areas the result of on-the-job injuries. They require all employers to report fatal accidents within eight hours. Additionally, certain incidents are considered severe enough to warrant an OSHA report within twenty-four hours. These include:
• All work injuries that require overnight hospitalization
• All amputation accidents
• Any claims involving eye loss
There are no requirements to prove negligence in a workplace accident. However, if you become permanently blinded or suffer catastrophic injuries from falling construction debris, your life could change forever. When it comes to on the job injuries, you need to speak to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to learn what benefits are available to you.
Catastrophic Injury and Negligence Claims
Some accidents that occur on the job may be related to the negligent actions of someone outside your employer’s control. If this is the case, your attorney will investigate the circumstances of the accident to determine the feasibility of a lawsuit against the culpable parties. The latter is true even if you were not working at the time of the accident that caused your catastrophic injuries. Here are some examples of incidents that resulted in life-changing injuries:
• Motor vehicle accidents
• Slip, trip and fall accidents
• Issues with defective machinery or equipment
• Falling objects
As a result of any of these types of negligence claims, you could find yourself confined to a wheelchair or bedridden. Injuries like these permanently inhibit your ability to live your life, earn a living and take care of your family.
How Catastrophic Injury Can be Life-Changing
Life-changing injury can, and often does come from out of nowhere. Some of the more common types of catastrophic injury include losing a limb, spinal cord damage, loss of hearing or sight, eye injury, facial damage, nerve damage, paralysis, brain damage and neurological trauma. Crushing injuries often leave catastrophic results.
Just about everyone hurt in an accident feels some degree of harm. However, catastrophic injury impacts sufferers for a very long time. The very term denotes permanent and life-changing injury that no amount of money can actually rectify. The catastrophic injury may render a person unable to walk, see, hear or do anything else that so many of us take for granted every day. It may also permanently prevent a victim from working and taking care of their families.
We Want to Help
Whether it is you or a loved one who has suffered catastrophic injuries, we know it’s difficult. The claims process can be long and confusing. No doubt you are worried about medical bills and moving towards the future. We want to help! Contact the catastrophic-injury attorneys at Beninato & Matrafajlo today for a free, no-obligation consultation.