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When is an Injury Considered a Catastrophic Injury?

Have you recently been injured in an accident? While any type of injury is severe, it is important to differentiate between catastrophic and non-catastrophic injuries in a legal context. A personal injury lawyer can assist in understanding the difference and obtaining compensation for those who have sustained a devastating injury.

The law defines a catastrophic injury as an injury with “direct and proximate consequences … which permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.” To put it simply, a catastrophic injury is an injury that causes severe and significant damage.

Typically, a catastrophic injury is related to the skull, neck, or spinal cord. Fatal injuries most commonly result from motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, medical malpractice, sports accidents, and assaults but can result from accidents of all types.

A victim of a catastrophic injury will likely have to make significant changes to their lifestyle. Lifelong medical care may be required. Often, the victim will suffer from a permanent loss of income. If you have suffered from a catastrophic injury, a personal injury lawyer can assist you in obtaining compensation for this life-altering event.

The precise details of what is and is not considered a catastrophic injury are very complex. Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can assist you in navigating through this challenging legal area is in your best interests. While nothing can adequately compensate a victim of a catastrophic injury for the physical and emotional damage done by a severe accident, pursuing legal action can help obtain compensation for medical expenses, pain, suffering, loss of income, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.

If you have been injured and need assistance getting the compensation you deserve, contact a personal injury lawyer at Robert J. DeBry & Associates today for help with your injury claim.


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