Sadly, car accidents are quite common. Ranging from minor fender benders to severe multi-car pileups, car accidents have the potential to inflict significant harm on anyone involved.
Does that mean car accidents have the potential to cause catastrophic impairment?
The short answer is yes.
Read on to learn more.
Catastrophic Injury Classification
In order for an injury to legally be considered catastrophic under Title 42 of the United States Code, it must have “direct and proximate consequences” that “permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.”
Essentially, an injury is catastrophic if it hinders your ability to perform your day-to-day duties (including those performed at work). Catastrophic injuries are so serious that they leave you with lifelong damage.
Brain and Spine Injuries
Catastrophic injuries usually occur as a result of physical trauma to the brain and/or spine, which can have a significant impact on your short- and long-term functioning abilities.
As you know, car accidents can easily inflict harm on your brain and spine. To help you better understand what a catastrophic injury can look like, you’ve experienced one if:
- The damage to your body is so severe that you are debilitated
- You must endure long-term recovery
- You now have a deformity
Basic Elements of Catastrophic Injuries
If you’ve endured a catastrophic injury, that means you have lost a critical part of your person. This can be anything from losing a limb to the loss of your ability to form complete thoughts.
Since catastrophic injuries brought on by car accidents are so severe, it is essential to seek compensation to help pay for your ongoing care. As you know, healthcare in the United States is wildly unaffordable, which means you’ll have to do everything you can to obtain the settlement you deserve for your injuries.
Our attorney here at Dore Law Group, PLLC is highly skilled in personal injury law matters related to catastrophic injuries brought on by car accidents. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our office with any questions you may have about how we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Give our Kent personal injury attorney at Dore Law Group, PLLC a call today at (253) 236-3888 to discuss your case.