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Most Common Types and Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries are life-altering and often permanent. They can leave you unable to work and require ongoing, if not lifelong, medical care. They not only impact your health but can also lead you to incur enormous financial costs that include medical and therapeutic expenses, lost wages and special accommodations necessitated by disabilities. Getting compensation for a catastrophic injury can be complicated since it requires predicting how much pain and disability you will suffer throughout your lifetime, as well as the type and level of care you’ll require for the rest of your life. 

A catastrophic injury is any injury that causes a permanent change to your life and health. For example, as a result of the injury, you may no longer be able to work, might require regular medical care or therapy, or you may no longer be able to live in your current residence without modifications. These injuries can be the result of any number of incidents, such as accidents involving a car or an incident in your workplace. 

Some of the more common types of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries

  • Spinal cord damage

  • Neck injuries

  • Severe burns

  • Amputations

  • Scarring and disfiguration

  • Loss of hearing or vision

  • Organ damage

  • Multiple bone fractures

Any number of places or events could be the cause and location of catastrophic injuries. Some of the more common causes include:

  • Car accidents

  • Sports-related injuries

  • Workplace incidents

  • Falls

  • Medical mistakes or defective medical devices

  • Construction site accidents

Where your injury occurred and the cause of that injury can affect how much you receive in an award or settlement. For example, if you are badly hurt in an auto accident, you may seek damages in a lawsuit against the other driver or any other party who was at fault. 

Suffering from a catastrophic injury affects not only your health but also you and your family’s financial wellbeing. Hiring an experienced legal advocate can help you pursue compensation that allows you to get the care and protection you deserve after an accident.

Jason & Bradley, LLC, located in Stone Mountain, is one of Georgia’s preeminent personal injury law firms. If you or a family member has been permanently injured due to negligence, contact us online or call 404-297-9933 for an initial consultation.