Friday, September 5, 2014

Defining Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries are defined as severe physical or mental injuries that prevent victims from being able to support themselves financially. 

Sometimes these injuries are short-lived, and other times the effects of catastrophic injuries impact the victims for the rest of their lives.

Common types of catastrophic injuries include:
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Severe burns
  • Internal organ damage
  • Dismemberment
  • Paralysis
Catastrophic injuries can be caused by vehicle or workplace accidents, violent crimes, medical malpractice, defective products, and other acts of negligence.

Seeking Justice for Catastrophic Injuries

Those that sustain catastrophic injuries typically require financial assistance during the process of recovery and rehabilitation, as well as to help with everyday life expenses. Victims and their families can seek compensation from the responsible parties under personal injury law.

The amount of compensation a victim receives will be based upon such factors as:
  • Ability to work after the accident
  • How the accident affected independent living
  • If physical therapy can improve the condition
  • Disability coverage that will be provided
  • Current medical bills
  • Cost of rehabilitation
  • Need for life care planning
For severe and permanent injuries, life care planning may be necessary. Life care planning will analyze what goods and services will be needed over the person’s lifetime as a direct result of a catastrophic injury. Various factors, including the unique challenges faced by the victim and their family, are considered when determining what medical, emotional, psychological, and rehabilitation needs will be covered in the settlement.

If you or a loved one has sustained a catastrophic injury in the Las Vegas area, our team at De Castroverde Law Group can help you determine your rights and legal options. We are dedicated to helping victims and their families recover the full compensation they deserve. Contact our experienced personal injury lawyers to find out how you can seek justice for your suffering and losses.