A catastrophic injury is defined as forever preventing a victim from returning to their life prior to the injury. Catastrophic injuries are life-changing in a very literal way. More often than not, catastrophic injuries affect the central nervous system including the brain and/or the spinal cord. As such, catastrophic injuries can be particularly devastating given the critical nature of the central nervous system.
Since catastrophic injuries are permanent, those who suffer from them can often no longer care for themselves or return to work, not only resulting in medical costs but loss of wages as well. This can be particularly devastating if the victim is the sole-provider for his or her family. Additionally, catastrophic injury victims often face extensive treatment and care they require, which takes time away from living and enjoying many moments in life.
This is why it’s so important for any catastrophic injury victim that sustained injuries by another party and/or entity’s negligence, to work closely with an experienced personal injury attorney at Kemp, Ruge and Green Law Group so victims can recover the compensation they need to care for themselves and their families, without falling into financial ruin, and extreme emotional turmoil.
Examples of Catastrophic Injuries
As defined above, injuries considered “catastrophic” often affect the central nervous system. In these cases it is very likely that these injuries will be permanent. There are, however, several types of injuries that are considered catastrophic, including:
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are the result of a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. These injuries are particularly significant, as the victim may develop more symptoms with age, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia prematurely. TBIs are serious public health issues in Florida, and contribute to a significant number of deaths and cases of permanent disability, or future disability.
The affects that TBI victims may experience from their injury include, but are not limited to:
- Problems thinking clearly
- Difficulty forming new memories
- Chronic headaches
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to noise or light
Approximately 17,000 reported spinal cord injuries occur each year in Florida. These tragic injuries can have serious consequences, sadly with many diagnoses of partial to total paralysis. Unfortunately, many, with use of mobility assistance devices, and non stop medical check-ups. Spinal cord injuries also run the risk of other future medical events:
- Impaired blood flow and heart rate
- Blood clots
- Brain Aneurysms
- Respiratory disability
- Skin injury (bed sores)
- Difficulty speaking or communication
- Issues swallowing food
A severe burn injury is quite possibly one of the most painful injuries to endure. Depending on the severity of the burn injury, victims may experience nerve loss and mobility. These injuries can destroy careers of the victims and cause intense psychological problems, including depression and anxiety and treatment for such.
Devastating burn injuries often require long-term hospitalization, surgery, and inpatient care with specialized treatment, including the treatment for psychological turmoil.
Amputation surgeries performed as a result of a catastrophic injury are known as “traumatic amputations.” These are unexpected and painful for all victims. As imagined, these injuries can cause extreme psychological pain and suffering for the rest of the victim’s life in addition to life-long physical pain, nerve damages, rehabilitation treatment, bionic device costs, and even with the best possible care, victims will never be able to return to life before this type of injury.
Since some traumatic amputations do not take place in safe environments, serious complications may occur and result in long-term problems, including severe bleeding and infections, and possibly death from complications.
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Catastrophic injuries can result from a variety of traumatic circumstances. Such situations may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Auto and truck accidents
- Boating/water sport accidents
- Pedestrian-Vehicular accidents
- Bicycle and motorcycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sports accidents
- Commercial/Industrial accidents
Recovering Compensation After a Catastrophic Injury
As mentioned above, Catastrophic injury victims can quickly fall into financial ruin, and extreme emotional turmoil due to ongoing medical costs, and time consuming rehabilitation and frustration with a severe change of life-long planning. By working with a qualified attorney specializing in personal injury litigation and negotiation, catastrophic injury victims are guaranteed to increase their likelihood of recovering the compensation they deserve to receive high-quality medical care and long-term treatment, and compensation for life-long pain and suffering.
The damages able to be recovered through a catastrophic personal injury lawsuit include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
At Kemp, Ruge and Green Law Group our highly skilled team will work with you to recover the maximum compensation, and assist in establishing a life care plan to ensure you, and your support system of loved ones, are set for future stability. Our team is dedicated to obtaining compensation to reduce the undeserved stress of a life altering injury in planning:
- Rehabilitation therapies
- Assistive technologies
- Adaptive and prosthetic devices
- Transportation costs
- Home accessibility modifications
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