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A catastrophic injury alters the course of the victim’s life forever, and in the blink of an eye. Suddenly and without warning, the victim is left with overwhelming physical, financial, and emotional burdens, all of which could have been prevented had the responsible person or party not been negligent in their actions.
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, we can help you recover financial compensation for the life-altering pain and suffering caused to you. Of course, nothing can undo the physical and mental harm you have suffered, but with the appropriate amount of compensation, you can better afford your medical bills and live as comfortably as possible. Financial compensation may help pay for your long-term care needs and provide for your family, especially if your injuries prevent you from returning to work and earning an income.
What Constitutes a Catastrophic Injury?
Not all injuries can be categorized as “catastrophic.” The term catastrophic injury specifically applies to injuries that cause permanent, severe harm. These types of injuries are always life-altering and may alter the injured person’s appearance, prevent them from returning to the same type of work they performed before, or it could alter their daily lives.
If, for example, a man lost a leg in a car accident, and he once worked as a construction worker, he would not be able to return to the same line of work, he might not be able to move easily throughout his own home, and his injury might prevent him from participating in sports and activities he once loved.
Catastrophic injuries can occur anywhere, including at work, home, or in a public space. Whatever the circumstances or the location, if you suffered a serious injury because of someone else’s mistake or negligence, you have a right to take legal action. If you have a case, let our Houston catastrophic injury attorneys help you.
Catastrophic injuries may include any of the following:
- Amputations: Amputation injuries can occur when someone’s limb is trapped or crushed, which sometimes occurs in machinery-related injuries or motor vehicle accidents. When a hand, arm, leg, or foot is harmed by extreme pressure, it can severely damage the muscles, bones, nerves, and other tissues beyond repair, leaving doctors no choice but to amputate. Amputation injuries might also occur if a limb is infected or harmed by some type of illness, poisoning, or chemical exposure. The loss of a limb is almost always life-altering and can disrupt the individuals’ career, their personal interests, and it can be extremely painful. Issues with “phantom limbs,” where the victim’s body cannot acknowledge the loss of the limb, can cause physical pain and psychological confusion for years to come, causing acute distress and other problems.
- Burn injuries: Severe burn injuries might lead to permanent physical disfigurement, nerve damage, loss of limb, loss of feeling, muscle issues, and acute pain. While minor burns only affect the skin’s outer layer, third-degree burns can damage the deep tissue, harming other blood vessels, nerves, muscles, and bones as well.
- Complex bone injuries: While victims with straightforward bone breaks can make a full recovery, some fracture injuries and joint dislocations can cause ongoing problems. Traumatic orthopedic injuries that impact the bones can require multiple surgeries to correct, and they may never restore full function or range of mobility.
- Spinal cord injuries: Because the spinal cord is so complex, injuries to this part of the body can be extremely tricky and difficult to treat. Severe neck or back injuries might result in partial or full paralysis, or even death.
- Traumatic brain injuries: When the head sustains a severe injury, it may cause the brain to bleed, swell, bruise, or it may even tear the nearby tissues. As a result, the injured person could suffer permanent brain damage. Brain damage varies in severity and can manifest in many different ways depending on which part of the brain was injured. Some individuals with brain damage might experience chronic headaches, depression, changes in personality, cognitive impairment, loss of speech, difficulty understanding language, tinnitus, blindness, loss of hearing, memory loss, and more. In some cases, a head injury might also leave the injured person in an irreversible coma.