Catastrophic injuries are injuries that are so serious and severe that there is a good probability that there will be some sort of permanent damage, disability, or disfigurement that results from the injury. (Injuries that result in death are most often referred to as fatal injuries.) Even if the victim of a catastrophic injury makes a full recovery, such a recovery is typically the end result of months or years of intensive and ongoing medical treatment and thousands of dollars in medical bills and expenses.
Car collisions and traffic crashes have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries, especially where:
- The at-fault driver is driving while under the influence of alcohol or some other impairing substance
- The at-fault driver is traveling at a high rate of speed when he or she strikes the victim
- The at-fault driver is driving in a large truck, SUV, or commercial truck while the victim is traveling in a passenger car
- The victim is exposed to dangerous chemicals or fire that resulted from the crash
The victim of a catastrophic injury needs experienced legal counsel to help him or her and his or her families recover full and fair compensation as quickly as possible to pay past and future expenses.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Common types of catastrophic injuries that can occur in a car accident case include:
- Traumatic brain injuries: A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be classified according to both its severity (mild, moderate, or severe) and mechanism (blunt force, “whiplash,” or puncture wound). Traumatic brain injuries must receive prompt medical attention so that they do not become worse and so that damage can be minimized. A severe traumatic brain injury can result in lifetime disability and require hundreds of thousands of dollars in ongoing treatment costs
- Head and neck injuries: “Whiplash” is a common injury that occurs in car accidents as the head and neck experience rapid acceleration and deceleration. Aside from a TBI, this can also cause temporary or permanent damage to the spinal cord. Significant pain can result as can permanent or temporary disability. You may need a significant period of rehabilitation before you are able to return to your ordinary activities
- Amputations: Hands, feet, fingers and other body parts can easily become amputated during a car crash as they are smashed and severed by sharp metal and glass. While some amputated limbs can be reattached, others cannot. This can mean a victim must obtain prosthetic limbs or live without the particular body part
- Burns: Burns are classified according to the depth of damage to the victim’s body. Burns are not uncommon in car accidents as fuel and/or dangerous chemicals ignite and burn the body of the victim. Severe burns can cause excruciating pain and require expensive and painful skin grafts to treat. Burns may result in lasting disfigurement.
Contact a Columbia Catastrophic Injury Attorney for Help
We at The Solomon Law Group are here to help you or your family member if you have suffered a catastrophic injury. We can help bring a lawsuit against the person responsible for your injuries and recover much-needed compensation to help with your expenses and losses. Contact our office at (877) 323-3120 to see how we can help you recover compensation for your catastrophic injury.