Woman with amputated leg and other serious injuries sits in a wheelchair as she goes through physical therapy

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

According to 42 USC § 3796b, “‘catastrophic injury’ means consequences of an injury that permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.”

As the name suggests, catastrophic injuries are severe in nature. No matter what type of catastrophic injury is sustained, it’s essential to seek immediate medical attention. Failing to do so can result in severe lifelong harm, which is the last thing you want.

The different types of catastrophic injuries are typically split into three categories, including:

Physical Injuries

The following are the most prominent types of catastrophic physical injuries:

  • Amputations
  • Burns
  • Fractures
  • Orthopedic function or tissue damage

Spinal Cord Injuries

It’s the spinal cord’s job to transmit signals between the brain and the rest of the body. Severe spinal cord injuries may result in a total loss of movement and sensation.

Spine and spinal cord injuries often cause lifelong mobility issues for catastrophic injury victims.

Cognitive Injuries

Cognitive catastrophic injuries (including traumatic brain injuries) are among the most harmful. These injuries occur as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. Severe cognitive harm can result out of brain damage and impact the way you:

  • Work
  • Speak
  • Form new memories

If you think you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, keep watch for the following initial symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Coma
  • Bleeding from the head wound

Suffering a catastrophic injury as a result of another’s negligence is unacceptable. If you’ve suffered significant harm due to someone else’s wrongdoing, you may be entitled to compensation.

Our attorney, Jim Dore, here at Dore Law Group, PLLC is highly skilled in the area of catastrophic personal injury law and has helped many others in similar situations obtain the compensation they deserved. Cases of this nature are highly complex, so having an attorney on your side who understands these nuances can make all the difference in your case's outcome. Don’t delay—let Jim and our team see if we can help you, too.

Give our Kent personal injury attorney at Dore Law Group, PLLC a call today at (253) 236-3888 to discuss your case.


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