Any kind of injury can have a significant impact on a person’s life, but some injuries are so physically severe that they end up causing permanent or long-term disabilities. Such injuries are referred to as ‘catastrophic’ in personal injury cases.
If another person’s negligence caused your catastrophic injury, you might be able to pursue a personal injury claim. This blog will take you through a comprehensive guide on catastrophic injury and how to pursue compensation for such injury.
Catastrophic Injury’s Legal Definition
A catastrophic injury is legally defined as an injury that indefinitely prevents a person from doing everyday work. This definition highlights one of the ways a catastrophic injury can impact a person’s life. You are limited in terms of your ability to do everyday work and earn a living. It can completely strip a person from the quality of their life.
Types Of Catastrophic Injuries
There are many forms of injuries that count as catastrophic injuries. Here are four of them.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: they are one of the worst forms of injuries a person can get as they can result in paralysis. Spinal cord injury completely limits a person’s mobility, restricting them to a bed or chair, which prevents them from working. A paralysed person after a spinal cord injury is restricted from doing any of their daily tasks or even tending to their everyday needs.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: the consequences of a traumatic brain injury range widely from mood disorders to cognitive impairment. Most of the time, traumatic brain injury can limit a person from living a normal life and doing everyday tasks.
- Loss Of Limbs: it is another one of the injuries that have a very significant impact on a person’s life. This affects the quality of an individual’s life in a lot of different ways. You may lose a leg or arm, which can affect your daily life significantly and restrict you from many things.
- Loss Of Vision Or Hearing: sometimes, accidents can rob people of critical senses such as hearing, vision and, in some cases, the ability to feel any kind of pain. This presents future risks to the victims of getting into another accident and also limits their life in some ways.
Essentially, catastrophic injuries have impacts that are permanent in some capacity. People suffer adverse effects on their daily lives and employability. These injuries also cause numerous other long-term struggles.
Consequences Of Catastrophic Injuries
These injuries not only deprives victims of their ability to work but also have a lot of other consequences.
- Pain: most injuries hurt for a while before you move on with your life. However, with catastrophic injuries, victims have the risk of lifetime pain.
- Mental And Emotional Pain: most small accidents significantly impact people’s lives, so just imagine the emotional trauma caused by accidents resulting in catastrophic injury. It takes years of therapy and a lot of hard work to overcome that mental and emotional pain.
- Loss Of Enjoyment Of Life: you may not be able to enjoy the thing that bought you joy anymore because of the catastrophic injury. Maybe you enjoyed swimming, running or any other hobby. However, with the injury, you are often restricted from participating in those things.
Apart from this, there are many other things that may now be limited to you since your injury. You may not be able to fulfil your duty as a primary earner, spouse, father or mother.
In contrast, your family would be the one responsible for taking care of you.
Compensation For Catastrophic Injury
Optimistically, you will not be involved in an accident that results in catastrophic injuries, but you should be aware of your legal rights if you ever are.
With the help of a personal injury lawyer, you may be able to pursue an accident claim against the negligent party and gain compensation for your catastrophic injury, pain and other inconveniences in your life due to the accident.
Wallace Legal can help you make a personal injury claim in case of an accident. Our solicitors will review your case and determine the best way to proceed with the claim.