What to Know About Catastrophic Injuries in Virginia
After an accident, injuries can range from relatively minor to life-threatening. When injuries are severe enough they are often classified as catastrophic. But understanding exactly what is considered a catastrophic injury can be challenging without the help of an experienced lawyer.
At Coletrane & Messersmith, we represent individuals who have sustained serious injuries after an accident caused by another person’s negligence. We work hard to ensure that our clients receive the largest possible recovery based on their injuries and the circumstances of their cases. If you have suffered harm due to someone else’s wrongdoing, contact our office at (757) 744-6315 to schedule a free consultation.
What Is the Definition of a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is one that has a long-term impact on the person. Many times catastrophic injuries are permanent, having lifelong health consequences. They often affect critical parts of the body such as the spinal cord and brain.
One of the most difficult things about catastrophic injuries is that they can cause debilitating pain and suffering. People with these kinds of injuries are often unable to return to work or carry on with their normal activities. They may need 24/7 care or have to undergo treatment throughout their life.
What Are Common Examples of Catastrophic Injuries?
Any injury that results in a permanent disability or the loss of function of a body part or system will likely be classified as catastrophic. However, it is important to seek and continue medical treatment to ensure that you receive an accurate diagnosis of your injuries.
Common examples of catastrophic injuries:
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Damage to the nervous system
- Loss of a fetus
- Burn injuries
- Injuries resulting in disfigurement
- Damage to internal organs
- Injuries causing paralysis
If you have experienced these or any other potentially fatal injuries, you need to speak to an attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for all of your injury-related expenses including medical bills, lost wages, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
What Causes Catastrophic Injuries?
Catastrophic injuries can be caused by nearly any sudden impact. Many times they are the result of an unexpected collision or fall. Without warning the body is unable to properly brace itself resulting in more severe harm.
Causes of catastrophic injuries may include:
- Car accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Truck accidents
It is in your best interest to consult with a catastrophic injury lawyer as early in the process as possible. An attorney can help you understand your rights including whether you should file a claim for damages. It is important to act quickly as you only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit. Most personal injury lawsuits must be filed within two years of the accident.
Did You Sustain a Catastrophic Injury?
If you or a loved one sustained a catastrophic injury, contact our office at (757) 744-6315 to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys will work with you to get the best possible outcome in your case. We fight to ensure that all liable parties are held accountable for their wrongdoing. Call now to get started.