Being involved in any type of accident is something that you always want to avoid and unfortunately, you cannot always predict when you will be involved in a serious accident.
What Is a Catastrophic Personal Injury?
A catastrophic personal injury is one that is likely to affect you for many months or years and can cause you to require advanced medical treatment such as surgery, rehabilitation and physical therapy.
When you know how to handle a catastrophic personal injury and the steps you need to protect your legal interests going forward, you can increase your chances of receiving the compensation you need to enhance your quality of life. Anyone who has suffered a catastrophic personal injury may need personal care, rehabilitation, and medical treatment. In the most serious of these situations such as paralysis, the person could be looking at advanced medical support over the duration of their life.
If you’ve already suffered a catastrophic personal injury, you may be entitled to recover compensation with the help of an experienced attorney. Some of the most common types of compensation afforded to victims of catastrophic personal injury include lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering and other losses.
Examples of Catastrophic Personal Injury
A catastrophic personal injury is often defined as one that causes severe damage to the spine, spinal cord or the brain. Lifetime rehabilitation and medical treatment most often apply in these cases and numerous surgeries are often required for someone suffering from a catastrophic personal injury. Some of the most common examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Paraplegia or quadriplegia
- Spinal cord injuries
Any type of personal injury accident could cause someone to suffer these serious and life changing medical conditions. It could have been an accident on the job in which your employer is negligent for not requiring you to use the right safety gear, a slip and fall accident when a property manager or owner failed to remove a hazard on the property, or a vehicle accident when someone else was not paying attention or was driving a car under the influence of alcohol.
What to Do After a Serious Accident
Your life may be forever changed by a catastrophic personal injury. You may not even be able to return to work ever again and your life maybe full of medical appointments and coping with pain on a day to day basis. Gathering your evidence, such as the police report from the accident and copies of your medical records, is important for initiating a personal injury claim.
Personal injury law allows victims of a catastrophic personal injury to file a legal claim to recover the funds they need to put this unfortunate incident behind them. While your life may never be the same after a catastrophic personal injury, you can take steps to minimize how much this will influence your future.
Consulting with an experienced attorney is strongly recommended- the lawyers at Bradley/Grombacher help victims of catastrophic personal injuries fight for justice.