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What is a Catastrophic Injury?

January 4, 2018
Colson Hicks Eidson

Catastrophic injuries can have permanent, negative effects on your life and the lives of your loved ones. These injuries cause permanent disabilities as well as pain and suffering. They can make working and performing daily tasks impossible. Catastrophic injuries often require extensive medical and rehabilitation services. Unfortunately, receiving these services is only part of the battle. Many people with these injuries and their family members are forced to adjust to a reduced standard of living.

There are recent examples of catastrophic injuries that have been mentioned in the press. For example, some of the people harmed by General Motors’ (GM) ignition switch defect suffered these injuries. According to 17 claims filed against GM, these individuals suffered severe burn injuries, double amputations, brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries that led to paraplegia and quadriplegia.

In this case, these individuals were harmed by a product defect that was concealed by a major multinational automaker. Other causes of catastrophic injuries attributed to negligence include medical malpractice, truck accidents, car crashes, work accidents and unsafe premises. In such cases, it may be possible to hold the parties responsible for these injuries accountable for damages.

Do I Need a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer After an Accident?

An attorney can help you determine whether the negligent actions of one or more parties contributed to your or a loved one’s catastrophic injury.

Damages from a lawsuit may help pay for some of the costs caused by the injury. For example, damages may help pay for medical bills, lost income, home modifications, medical equipment and other hospice or health care services.

There are many cases where the parties responsible for causing catastrophic injuries have access to vast financial and legal resources. For this reason, it is important to hire a law firm that is equipped to handle complex catastrophic personal injury cases. The Florida personal injury attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson have an extensive history of helping victims of negligence. Our attorneys have experience taking on large corporations whose negligence has harmed other people.