It’s not legalese. The law makes a clear distinction between regular and
catastrophic injuries because there is one. Defined as any injury that results in permanent
disabilities, catastrophic injuries have serious, long-term consequences.
For most victims, that means continued care that must be paid for out
of pocket. As a result, most sufferers seek financial restitution if their
injury was caused by the negligence of another.
Because they require a lifetime of care, the cost of catastrophic injuries
can be difficult to calculate at the start. More often than not, these
injuries put serious stress on the victim’s family. In addition
to constant supervision, the victim may require a years, even decades
of rehabilitation and medical care.
An injury that doctors cannot fix could be defined as a catastrophic one.
This includes back, neck, and brain injuries–whether they result
in paralysis or not. Another common cause of catastrophic injuries are
burns, since they are impossible to correct once they have been suffered.
In rare instances, organ damage may be the reason for a catastrophic injury lawsuit.
Compensation for Catastrophic Injury Victims
In addition to pain and suffering, victims of a catastrophic injuries typically
seek damages for loss of future wages, medical bills, and mental anguish.