In some jobs, words that have ordinary meanings can take on extra significance. For example, in the cooking world, the term bake means something much more specific than how the ordinary person uses it. The same can be said for the term catastrophic injuries in the legal world.
Definition of Catastrophic Injuries
In the legal world, catastrophic injuries are more than severe injuries, they are injuries that have a dramatic, adverse effect on the injured and their families. In many cases, catastrophic injuries permanently alter someone’s appearance, quality of life, or both.
Common examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Burns that cause disfigurement;
- Internal organ damage;
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries;
- Amputations of the hands, feet, legs, or arms;
- Injuries that cause spinal damage;
- Partial or total paralysis.
Determining an exact compensation figure for catastrophic injuries is rarely easy due to the necessary calculation of future expenses. For example, someone who suffers a catastrophic injury may have to undergo multiple surgeries and years of therapy to fully recover if at all possible.
Therefore, when someone suffers a catastrophic injury, he or she typically has the right to sue for lifelong medical expenses, loss of the ability to work, pain and suffering, and more depending on the exact nature of the injury. However, regardless of the damages, it’s important to have experienced personal injury representation.
Hiring an Experienced Attorney
If you or someone you love suffers catastrophic injuries due to someone else’s negligence, it’s a long road ahead. That’s why Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. is here to help.
Our firm has represented the injured for over a hundred years, helping thousands of clients recover from their injuries. We don’t just fight, we pride ourselves on obtaining appropriate compensation for our clients and their families.