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What is a catastrophic injury?

On Behalf of | May 3, 2023 | Personal Injury |

The aftermath of an accident can change the course of your life. While an accident only takes a second to occur, it can leave you with a lifetime of serious injuries and other complications. These events can be particularly devastating if you have suffered a serious injury in an accident. It is difficult to pick up the pieces and move forward, especially if you need continued support and assistance during your recovery.

Injuries affect people in different ways. Catastrophic injuries, regardless of the location of the injury or your health at the time of the accident, can impact you in unique and unexpected ways. If the injuries you suffered are the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another motorist, you may have grounds to pursue recovery through a civil claim. You do not have to suffer through the aftermath of your accident alone.

The nature of catastrophic injuries

A catastrophic injury will happen unexpectedly, and the far-reaching implications of these types of events can catch victims off-guard. Motor vehicle accidents are a leading source of catastrophic injuries, resulting from accidents that happen due to distraction, drunk driving, reckless driving, speeding and more. Some of the most common types of serious and potentially catastrophic injuries after a car accident include the following:

  • Severe burns
  • Nerve damage
  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries and brain injuries
  • Neck injuries and spinal damage
  • Facial injury leading to deformity
  • Loss of sight or hearing
  • Amputation
  • Severe organ damage

These types of injuries have the potential to impact you for the rest of your life. You may find that you never fully recover, and you may need long-term medical care. Rehabilitation, physical therapy, mental health care, medical equipment and future surgeries are only some of the costs you could experience as the victim of a catastrophic injury. This is in addition to your lost wages, your emotional trauma and other needs you have as a result of the crash.

How can you seek recovery?

The specific things you need for recovery after your accident depend on the nature of your injuries and other factors unique to your situation. An assessment of your accident, your injuries and other details can help you understand the financial recovery that may be available to you through a civil claim. The Texas civil justice system can be complex, and you may benefit from seeking a professional opinion regarding your options.