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Understanding the True Cost of a Catastrophic Injury

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.

Common Causes

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.

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