Catastrophic injuries can be life-changing events with long-lasting devastating effects on victims and their families. They are disabling and can stop you from doing a job ever again. They may result in a need for lifelong care or a long period of rehabilitation.
Catastrophic injuries can be caused by any number of different circumstances, and are considered catastrophic, due to the enormous impact they have on the lives of the individuals who experience them. A catastrophic injury or illness very often causes severe disruption to the central nervous system, such as spinal cord injuries or severe burn injuries, which in turn affects many other systems of the body. Some of the most common catastrophic injuries include serious head trauma; accidental amputation; multiple bone fracture; eye injury; shoulder injury; foot injury; back injury; neck injury; brain injury; severe burns; organ damage; spinal cord and neurological disorders, which can result in paralysis; paraplegia; and quadriplegia.
Catastrophic injuries often arise without warning, leaving an accident victim no time to prepare for the expensive medical and therapy bills that are likely to follow. Someone who suffers catastrophic injuries may be permanently disabled for life and unable to go back to work or have other means of paying bills. The family of someone with catastrophic injuries may face significant stress from needing to care for the accident victim while also taking on additional work so that they can pay for a lifetime of the accident victim’s care.
Any accident can cause a severe, disabling, and life-changing injury. For example, even a slip and fall can cause a traumatic head injury or paralyzing neck injury. But catastrophic injuries are often associated with acts of violence or with accidents involving great force, such as:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Airline and Transportation Accidents
- Construction Site Accidents
- Sports Injuries
- Explosions or Fires
- Medical Malpractice
- Violent Crime
After a devastating injury, coping with the losses and changes associated with the injuries can be emotionally difficult as well as physically painful. Working with a Raleigh catastrophic injury lawyer can help give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing someone is fighting for your protection and your fullest recovery.