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What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

Some injuries are more severe than others. Victims of relatively minor accidents often only suffer minor injuries like scratches or bruises. In more substantial accidents, victims can suffer from more severe injuries. These injuries can often lead to disabilities that keep the victim from working, sometimes permanently.

The body part injured in an accident is often what determines the severity of an injury. Although a broken foot can keep an individual from walking for a period of time, a broken spine can keep him or her from ever walking again. When an injury occurs to the brain or spinal cord, it is considered to be a catastrophic injury because of the potentially life-altering effect it can have on the victim. Immediate medical attention is a must in most cases like this because the longer the victim has to wait for medical care, the lower his or her chance of making a complete recovery becomes. If you or another party involved in your accident appear to have suffered from a catastrophic injury, call 911 immediately to have an ambulance sent to the scene. After receiving medical care, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your rights as a victim and the next steps in the personal injury claim process.

Accidents That Can Lead to a Catastrophic Injury

Any type of accident can lead to a catastrophic injury. Examples of accidents that can cause this type of injury include the following:

Examples of the conditions that can result from a catastrophic injury include the following:

How is a Catastrophic Injury Different from Other Types of Injury?

A catastrophic injury often has a greater impact on an individual’s life than other types of injuries. For example, a catastrophic injury could cause an individual to need to use a cane, wheelchair, or mobility scooter for a period of time following the accident or, in some cases, for the rest of his or her life. A catastrophic injury can also limit the type of work an individual can do or even prevent him or her from working again.

The damages that individuals who suffer from catastrophic injuries seek in their personal injury claims tend to be higher than those sought by other types of victim because of the gravity of these injuries.

Seeking Compensation for Catastrophic Injury Damages

If you are considering seeking compensation for your expenses related to your catastrophic injury, it is important that you fully document all of your expenses and financial needs. This means you must keep a file that contains documentation of your diagnosis and subsequent treatment, photographs of the accident, testimonies from those at the accident and around you as you recover, and proof that the accident was not only caused by another party’s negligence, but directly caused your injury.

Examples of damages you can seek through this type of claim include:

  • Medical bills;
  • Compensation for lost wages and career opportunities;
  • Psychological counseling to work through emotional trauma after the accident;
  • The need for a mobility aid or other disability services;
  • The need for temporary or permanent live-in help[3] to aid with everyday chores.

St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You

When an individual suffers from a catastrophic injury, his or her life can change forever. Paralysis, paresis, and brain damage can all leave an individual unable to work and enjoy the activities he or she was able to enjoy before the accident occurred. If you or a loved one have suffered from a catastrophic injury because of another party’s negligence, you or the victim could be entitled to monetary compensation to cover the expenses related to the injury. Contact our team of experienced personal injury lawyers at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA today at 727-222-6922 to discuss your case and learn more about pursuing compensation for your damages. We can help you determine the best way to proceed with your case and negotiate with doctors and insurance providers on your behalf to help get you the money you deserve.

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 472-3909



[1] https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/980112-overview
[2] https://www.webmd.com/brain/concussion-traumatic-brain-injury-symptoms-causes-treatments
[3] https://www.nahc.org/