What Types of Injuries Qualify as Catastrophic Injuries?
In some cases, the injuries sustained in an accident are classified as “catastrophic.” A catastrophic injury is defined as an ailment that permanently affects the victim’s life.
Catastrophic injury is a broad umbrella term, because the effect an injury will have on a person’s life cannot truly be defined until an accident actually happens. An injury could be considered catastrophic because it permanently interrupts the functionality of the affected body part, because the condition requires lifelong treatment to maintain, or because the victim is no longer able to perform their job duties as they previously could.
What Causes Catastrophic Injuries?
Catastrophic injuries are defined by the effect of an injury, not the cause — even a seemingly minor accident can cause a catastrophic injury.
A catastrophic injury can result from any accident that causes trauma to the body. This may include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
Common Examples of Catastrophic Injuries
Any injury can be considered catastrophic if it permanently disrupts the victim’s life in some way. This means an injury on any part of the body can be a catastrophic injury.
Brain injuries and spinal cord injuries are the most common examples of catastrophic injuries. Even a mild traumatic brain injury or a spinal cord injury that is on the less severe side can cause a victim to suffer from lifelong consequences such as impaired mobile or cognitive ability. Severe injuries to the brain and spinal cord can almost always be classified as catastrophic injuries.
Catastrophic injuries, by definition, cause irreparable damage to a victim’s life. Often, the damage caused by a catastrophic injury will include significant financial consequences resulting from medical expenses and lost wages. To recover the compensation you are entitled to following a catastrophic injury, contact Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC. We provide effective representation for injury victims throughout New Mexico and Texas.Send us a message or call (915) 206-5154 for a free consultation with our team of attorneys.