What Is a Catastrophic Personal Injury?

Catastrophic injuries are personal injuries that are life-changing and usually occur suddenly and without warning. They have long-term implications, which may not be apparent until years later. 

Attorney Rocky Walton can help you receive the compensation you deserve after a catastrophic personal injury. Contact our Arlington, TX, office today to find out more about what Rocky Walton can do for you.

What Are Catastrophic Injuries?

Many personal injuries are resolved quickly without long-term consequences to the injured person. For example, a broken ankle at a workplace would be an injury that resolves relatively fast.

Victims of catastrophic injuries usually need long-term care and may never be able to return to work. A catastrophic injury can place a severe strain on the victim and the victim’s family, emotionally and financially. The victim usually needs extensive medical treatment and may require care for the remainder of his or her life. Victims may be confined to a wheelchair or require assistance walking.

A catastrophic injury can place a severe strain on the victim and the victim’s family, emotionally and financially.

Common causes of catastrophic injuries are falls, motor vehicle accidents, and industrial and construction accidents. Other causes can include acts of medical malpractice or violence, sporting accidents, defective products, and falling objects.

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TYPES OF CATASTROPHIC INJURIES

Man in wheelchair holding chin in handsCommon examples of catastrophic injuries include: 

Amputations

Amputation is the loss of all or part of a limb. This may be recommended after an industrial accident or car accident, for instance. The loss of a limb is a traumatic experience and can affect the injured person’s earning capacity and ability to care for him or herself.

Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the head that affects the normal function of the brain. TBIs can range widely in severity and effects. A concussion is one type of TBI and the effects can range from mild to devastating. TBIs can lead to permanent injury and death.

Bone Fractures

Multiple bone fractures can cause long-term effects such as the inability to use a limb or limbs. Depending on the type of fractures, the injured person may need long-term care.

Burns

Severe burns are burns that have long-term effects for the victim. Burns can be caused by electrical current, radiation, chemicals, and heat. Burn victims can suffer extensive injuries which can result in physical and psychological damage.

Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury is a traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae in the spine, which in turn damages the spinal cord. These injuries often have devastating consequences for the injured person, including paraplegia or quadriplegia. Victims often need extensive rehabilitation and lifelong medical care.

DAMAGES FOR CATASTROPHIC INJURIES

If you have suffered a catastrophic injury due to the negligence of someone else or their reckless actions, Rocky Walton can help you to recover compensation for the following:

  • Lost wages or earnings already lost due to the injury
  • Loss of earning capacity or projected earnings that will not be received due to the injury
  • Past and future medical expenses 
  • Household services, including the cost of hiring someone to maintain the house during recovery from the injury
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium or the loss of benefits of a relationship due to the injury
  • Mental anguish
  • Permanent disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Punitive damages

Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic personal injury, reach out to our firm today. With his extensive experience in this area, Rocky Walton can help you receive the compensation you deserve so you can focus on healing and a full recovery.

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