When Is an Injury Considered Catastrophic?
In law, the term "catastrophic injury" means that the consequences of an injury are so severe that they permanently prevent someone from performing gainful work. These types of injuries often occur without warning and have lasting effects on the victim. A catastrophic injury can also refer to a severe illness.
Examples of common catastrophic injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns
- Head trauma
- Eye injury
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Organ damage
- Neurological disorders
- Multiple bone fractures
Any injury which limits an individual's ability to support themselves economically and live a normal life may be considered catastrophic. A personal injury claim can help you collect the compensation you need to deal with the lasting effects of a catastrophic illness or injury.
Causes of Severe Injuries
When it comes to a catastrophic injury, the causes can range widely. Mr. Ramey and our team have represented victims of:
We can also help if you or a loved one was injured or exposed to a harmful substance at work. Mr. Ramey can investigate the cause and identify who is liable for the injury.
For many victims of a catastrophic injury, a personal injury claim can play a major role in ensuring they receive the level of medical care and support necessary for a decent quality of life. The key to a strong claim is determining who is at fault for the injury. For example, if a defective product causes a catastrophic injury, there are multiple parties who could be responsible, including the manufacturer, the designer, and the distributor.
The type of compensation you can receive will depend on the severity of the injury and how it affects other aspects of your life.
In many cases, Mr. Ramey can help victims of catastrophic injuries collect compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Initial medical expenses
- Long-term care
- Modifications to your home or vehicle
- Reduced earning capacity
- Permanent disability
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
The type of compensation you can receive will depend on the severity of the injury and how it affects other aspects of your life, such as your ability to work and care for your family.
Take Action Today
If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury due to another’s negligence, you may have the right to pursue compensation. In Texas, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is two years so it is important to take action quickly. For more information about how the team at Ramey Law Firm can help you, contact us online today. You can also reach us by phone at (972) 437-5577.