Catastrophic injuries can be life-altering and often result in long-term or permanent disability. Victims may require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation, which can be costly. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, it is important to understand your legal rights and options.
Common catastrophic injuries
One of the most common types of catastrophic injuries is brain injury. Brain injuries can range from mild concussions to more severe traumatic brain injuries. If you have suffered a brain injury, you may experience symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, sleep problems, memory loss and mood swings.
Another common catastrophic injury is spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries can cause paralysis, loss of sensation and other physical and cognitive impairments. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you may need long-term care and assistance with activities of daily living. Other types of catastrophic injuries include:
- Organ damage
Severity of injuries
All types of catastrophic injuries are considered “severe” because they can have a significant impact on your life. The severity of your personal injury, however, may determine the type and amount of medical treatment you need as well as the length of your recovery. In some cases, victims may never fully recover from their injuries.
Considerations after an accident
If you have been involved in an accident that has resulted in a severe or catastrophic injury, there are certain steps you should take to protect your legal rights. First, seek medical attention for your injuries. Remember that many injuries do not initially appear to be serious, but they can worsen over time.
Also, do not agree to a settlement from the insurance company without first consulting with an attorney. Insurance adjusters will often try to get you to settle your claim for less than you deserve. If you have suffered a severe or catastrophic injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.