Fighting For Your Rights

When is an injury considered catastrophic?

On Behalf of | Jul 10, 2023 | Catastrophic Injuries

When tragedy strikes, darkness envelops. If your situation is too severe, possibly involving amputations, bone fractures, loss of vision or hearing, damage to internal organs, and traumatic brain or burn injuries, you most likely question why it had to be you.

Whether caused by medical malpractice, defective products, or slip-and-fall, workplace and vehicular accidents, catastrophic injuries are far more common than you think. In fact, there has been a continuous rise in motor vehicle fatalities caused by catastrophic injuries across Virginia in recent years. In 2022 alone, the Department of Motor Vehicles reported 1,005 deaths out of 942 deadly crashes.

Knowing what makes your injuries catastrophic enough can impact the damages you can recover, which will eventually aid you in the healing process.

Life-altering injuries

Unlike minor scrapes or bruises treatable within days or weeks, the degree of severity of a catastrophic injury results in:

  • Incapacitation or a permanent disability
  • An incurable condition eventually causing death
  • Inability to return to the previous job or perform work-related duties
  • An extended need for rehabilitative care or any form of long-term assistance

These substantial damages entitle you to seek economic compensation for your pile of current and future medical bills, medical equipment, a lifetime of lost income and other financial losses. It is also crucial to take note of intangible losses in the form of emotional or psychological pain and suffering.

Turn your life around

It is during catastrophic times like these that you realize the extraordinary depth of your spirit. After all, it is your life on the line, and you can choose to change your devastating circumstances for the remainder of your days. That all starts with fighting for your lost quality of life with the help of a legal team. They can ease your burdens and work with you to obtain the most favorable outcome against all liable parties.