The Lifetime Implications of Catastrophic Injuries
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Wed Oct 2018
- Personal Injury,
Without a doubt, your life could change in a flash. A drunk driver could run off the road and knock you to the ground as you are crossing the street. You could be thrown from your motorcycle and suffer a traumatic brain injury. These are just a couple of examples of how catastrophic injuries will indefinitely affect a person’s life. Obviously, fears concerning survival are paramount.
Catastrophic Injuries are Life-Changing
When a person or his or her loved one suffers from a catastrophic injury, the future seems to hold a bit of uncertainty. To begin with, a catastrophic injury will most likely prevent the victim from gainful employment and quality of life. Without question, it will dramatically alter the mental or physical capacity of a person—often serious enough to be long-term and debilitating without any hope of recovery.
Consider the fate of the construction laborer who was recently injured while working at a local job site. A contractor from another company accidentally dropped heavy materials – and actually caused the worker to lose his dominant arm. There’s no way he can return to the work he’s done all his life. In fact, there’s a good chance he’ll never find a job despite his determination and strong work ethic.
Cases of catastrophic injuries might include victims who can no longer walk, see, or hear; have a severe burn resulting in a deformity; suffer an amputated limb, or lose motor function due to neurological trauma.
As a result of a catastrophic injury, a victim cannot perform basic tasks or take care of himself or herself and is left feeling helpless.
Catastrophic injuries include:
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis
- Loss of limb
- Severe burns
- Loss of vision
- Loss of hearing
- Toxic exposure
- Damage to the respiratory system
- Damage to the pulmonary system
- Birth injuries
How Catastrophic Injuries Typically Occur
A person may suffer a catastrophic injury from working with machinery, driving a motor vehicle, biking, playing sports, or enjoying other recreational activity that involves risk. Other examples of incidents include burns from a household fire, slipping and falling down stairs, or even attacks by animals.
A catastrophic injury victim can make a personal injury claim if the injury is due to negligence on the part of someone else or by an unsafe or faulty product. If the accident occurred at work, it is possible that the victim may also be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
It is difficult to recuperate from a catastrophic injury. The victim might need a lifetime of care involving long-term medical care, rehabilitation, and physical therapy. The injured party might need in-home assistance coupled with specific home accommodations, such as wheelchair accessibility. Additionally,, a person might need counseling in order to cope with the emotional effects. Families of the victims are also affected adversely by catastrophic injuries to the victim.
If You Have Been Injured
If you or a loved one has suffered from a catastrophic injury, you or the victim could be entitled to compensation related to lost wages, suffering, and loss of consortium. Contact the catastrophic-injury attorneys at Beninato & Matrafajlo today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We can help you determine the best way to proceed with your case and help you get you the compensation you deserve.