You may hear the word "catastrophic injury" used after a significant injury in a California accident. What exactly does this imply? What impact does it have on your personal accident and how it is handled? Learn what this phrase means in California and how it may effect your personal injury lawsuit by reading on. Then call 800-333-0000 to schedule a free legal consultation with The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker.
A catastrophic injury has no legal definition
To begin, you should be aware that there is no legal definition for what constitutes a catastrophic disaster. In personal injury law, however, this word often refers to an injury that will permanently and/or drastically alter a person's life and future. A catastrophic injury is one that leaves a person disabled, reduces their life expectancy, lowers their quality of life, or necessitates lifelong medical care.
Head injuries are frequently regarded as catastrophic
Although some individuals may refer to a concussion as a "minor" head injury, this is not the case. Any amount of head damage, according to research, can have long-term consequences. However, because of its rapid implications, a traumatic brain injury, or one that produces instant brain damage, is more easily classified as a catastrophic injury.
This form of brain damage can happen as a result of anything jutting into the skull and piercing the brain, or as a result of the brain colliding with the side of the skull following a quick halt, such as in a vehicle accident. These injuries can have long-term consequences.
Injuries to the spinal cord
There is no such thing as a "minor" spinal cord injury, just as there is no such thing as a "small" brain damage. A serious injury can cause numbness in some areas of the body, agonizing pain, neurological abnormalities, weakness, breathing problems, and motor function loss. Paralysis can also result after a spinal cord injury.
Amputations and limb loss
A catastrophic injury occurs when a person loses a significant portion of their body. Loss of an arm, leg, hand, finger, foot, or toe is an example of this. In some situations, the limb is lost at the scene of the event, while in others, it has been badly crushed or otherwise wounded, necessitating amputation.
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If you have suffered a catastrophic injury as a result of someone else's negligence, call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker today for a free legal consultation at 800-333-0000. We will devote the necessary resources to achieving the best possible result in your case. Call us right now to obtain the piece of mind that comes with knowing you've got an experienced lawyer on your side.