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When is an Injury Considered Catastrophic?

Every year, thousands of civil cases are filed in district courts. A large percentage of these cases deal with personal injury claims, where the victim sustained personal or property damage due to the activity or negligence of another person.

The courts dockets are full and court cases are very costly, which is why many people prefer to settle them out of court.

When is an Injury Considered Catastrophic?

Defining A Catastrophic Injury

While any injury, no matter how small, can cause pain and inconvenience, certain injuries have more significant consequences. An injury that has permanent consequences can prevent an individual from living a normal life, and is thus considered catastrophic. Here are common factors that point to a catastrophic injury:

  • A severe functional disability that is often permanent
  • Amputation of a limb
  • Serious injury to any of the major organs in the body
  • A debilitating injury that causes a lot of suffering and often develops into a terminal condition
  • Severe burns, multiple bone fractures, brain, or spinal cord injuries
  • Exposure to hazardous substances and chemicals
  • Inability to hold gainful employment due to extensive injuries or disabilities caused by the accident
  • Loss of any of the senses, such as vision or hearing

Catastrophic injuries often lead to a permanent change in the lifestyle of the individual due to serious health issues that require long-term treatments, often for the entire remaining life of the individual.

The treatment for catastrophic injuries is also quite expensive and can cause crushing financial debt. The condition is further exacerbated by the inability to return to one’s job after recovery. Catastrophic injuries can also result in life-long emotional and mental issues.

When is an Injury Considered Catastrophic?

Compensation for A Catastrophic Injury

The value of your claim is determined by the extent and severity of your injuries, as well as the losses you incurred as a result of the accident. In the case of catastrophic injuries, the losses are much more significant, and the chances for getting due compensation are higher. You can ask for compensation for the following:

  • Costly bills that were incurred for any medical procedures such as surgery, pain medication, physical therapy, and ongoing care.
  • Compensation for emotional damage caused by the traumaand the resulting treatment expenses
  • Compensation for loss of personal relationships as a result of the accident
  • Compensation for lost wages that occurred due to lost earning capacity following the accident due to disability or any other reason
  • Compensation for the pain and suffering and reduced quality of life

Hire an Experienced lawyer!

Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney will increase your chance of getting maximum compensation for your personal injury case.

The Law Offices of Lisa Douglas, Inc inN. Little Rock, Arkansas, handles  personal injury claims for serious and catastrophic injuries. Whether you were involved in a car accident, or were injured due to the negligence of another party, get in touch with Law Offices of Lisa Douglas to get the compensation you deserve!

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