What is the Definition of a Catastrophic Injury?

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Being involved in an accident can result in a wide range of injuries. Some people only suffer minor cuts or bruises, while other victims incur much more severe injuries. If you have been seriously injured in an accident, you may be wondering if you have suffered a catastrophic injury.

While there is no specific definition of catastrophic injuries, they generally permanently and significantly affect the victim’s quality of life. This can include a lifelong disability, shorter life expectancy, and continuous medical treatment. Typically, a catastrophic injury will prevent the victim from being able to return to work.

A catastrophic injury can usually be categorized as a severe brain, spine, or spinal cord injury. It can also include skull or spinal fractures. Other types of catastrophic injuries could consist of:

  • Amputations/loss of limbs
  • Eye injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Severe burns
  • Ruptured internal organs

If your catastrophic injury resulted from someone else’s negligence, you might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages. You can also obtain some compensation from the other party’s insurance company. Whichever option you choose, you should hire an attorney to help you get the maximum amount of payment.

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Victims of catastrophic injuries should seek the help of a personal injury lawyer to assess their claims. To schedule a consultation with Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers, call our office today at 843-444-4444 or use our online contact form.

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Catastrophic Injury FAQ

What Are Some Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries?

There are many causes of catastrophic injuries, including car accidents, bicycle accidents, and construction accidents.

What Kinds of Damages Are Available to Victims of Catastrophic Injuries?

In a Missouri personal injury case, a plaintiff is entitled to receive economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.

Why Should I Hire an Attorney for My Catastrophic Injury?

An experienced personal injury attorney will know how to calculate the long-term costs of your injury and negotiate a fair amount of compensation for your damage.


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