The types of catastrophic injuries and their severity

The types of catastrophic injuries and their severity

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2022 | Car Accidents

Residents of southern New York don’t expect anything out of the ordinary to happen on any given day. However, life is uncertain and accidents can happen. Some result in catastrophic injuries that can range in severity.

What can cause catastrophic injuries?

Many factors can cause catastrophic injuries. Car accidents rank as one of the leading ones. However, they can also be caused by a serious fire or explosion and certain types of sports such as those that are high-contact. Other causes of serious catastrophic injuries are workplace accidents and defective products.

Victims might find that the injuries are mild or severe. They may be able to file a claim for damages depending on the factors of the case.

What are common types of catastrophic injuries?

Traumatic brain injuries are one of the most common types of catastrophic injuries. They can occur when a person experiences a sharp blow to the head or when an object penetrates the skull. These are often serious injuries that require immediate medical attention and ongoing treatment.

Spinal cord injuries can result in disability such as paralysis from the waist down or even the neck down. They are suffered when a person’s body experiences harsh impact such as from a car crash or fall from a great height. People with these injuries often need continuous care for the rest of their lives.

Burn injuries can be severe if they involve third- or fourth-degree burning. Some second-degree burns can even adversely affect a person’s life. The more severe the injury, the more likely it is that the individual will suffer problems like permanent scarring, nerve damage, disfigurement, chronic pain and loss of range of motion. Burn victims normally need multiple surgeries, continuous physical therapy and medication.

Catastrophic injuries can be life-changing and run into serious dollars to treat. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence or deliberate actions, hold them liable.