Catastrophic injuries are severe injuries that result in long-term, significant, and/or permanent harm. They can have a devasting impact on a person’s life. Catastrophic injuries can result from car accidents, workplace accidence, medical negligence, or from any number of events. These injuries can leave those we love with a permanent disability, persistent medical needs, and a lower quality of life. Some of the most frequent catastrophic injuries are traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, and amputations.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are brought on by a violent blow to the head, which can result in brain swelling, bleeding, and bruising and may result in, among other things, cognitive impairment, memory loss, and mood changes. Spinal cord injuries occur when the spinal cord is damaged, which often occurs as a result of a fall, car crash, or medical negligence. This type of injury can result in paralysis and have a profound impact on a person’s life, affecting their ability to move, breathe, and function independently.
Severe Burns: Burns are classified into different levels based on their severity. Severe burns are often the result of multiple layers of skin and tissue being burned. These burns can cause damage to the nerves, muscles, and sometimes even the bone. Depending upon the severity, burn patients may need skin grafts, continuing medical care, and rehabilitation services
Amputations: Amputations are when a limb is removed due to trauma or a surgical procedure. Amputations may be partial, where only a portion of the limb or digit is removed, or complete, where the entire limb or digit is removed. Amputations often cause both physical and emotional stress. Physical effects can include loss of mobility, changes in body image, and phantom limb pain. Emotional effects can include depression, anxiety, and a sess of loss or grief.
What to Do if You Experience a Catastrophic Injury
It might be difficult to go on after a catastrophic injury, but there are resources available to help you cope and get used to your new situation. You can restore your freedom and enhance your quality of life with the aid of rehabilitation services, support networks, and assistive technology.
If you or a loved one experience a catastrophic injury, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Early medical intervention can help prevent further complications and improve the outcome of the injury. Additionally, you may want to consider reaching out to a catastrophic injury attorney.
The attorneys at Dollar, Burns, Becker & Hershewe specialize in helping victims of catastrophic injuries obtain compensation for their losses, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.