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Recovery for Catastrophic Injury: Why the Stakes Are So High

Any time you sustain a personal injury due to an avoidable accident it can seem catastrophic, especially when you are dealing high medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other fallout from the accident.

Recovery from an accident can be lengthy and it can seem like life will never get back on track. In some ways, you will never be the same after any traumatic event like an accident caused by another’s negligence. But there is an added aspect to some injuries that turn them in to what is commonly referred to as catastrophic injuries in the field of personal injury law.

Catastrophic injuries are truly life changing because they are severe and permanent.

Types of Catastrophic Injury

Common types of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries/paralysisSpinal cord injuries (SCI) can be complete or partial, and they can result in loss of motion and loss of nerve sensation below the area where the injury occurred.
  • Traumatic brain injury: Head injuries can range from concussion to coma and permanent brain damage. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) that results from trauma to the head can forever alter a victim’s cognitive abilities and mood. 
  • Amputations: Losing a limb results in impaired mobility and other significant complications, including phantom pain. Prosthetic limbs are expensive and the accident victim who undergoes amputation may need additional treatments and therapies.
  • Burns: Burns can be electrical, thermal, chemical, or the result of a fire, and sever burn injuries are often fatal. When a victim does recover from a burn injury, the recovery is often long and painful.
  • Internal injuries: Damage to internal organs and internal bleeding can cause significant complications. They can also be fatal.
  • Vision loss: Some accidents cause the victim to lose an eye or suffer eye damage that affects vision. Vision loss can be due to chemicals, dust particles or other external forces that result from an accident.
  • Hearing loss: Nerve damage and eardrum damage following an accident can result in hearing loss.

What Catastrophic Injuries Have in Common

The reason that these injuries fall under the catastrophic umbrella is that you never completely recover from the injuries and your damages are extreme.

When you suffer a catastrophic injury you may need medical care for the rest of your life. You may not be able to work again or your ability to earn a living could be markedly curtailed. In addition you may be in pain and suffer from emotional distress for long periods of time, or perhaps even for your entire life.

How a Colorado Springs Accident Law Firm Can Help

When you suffer catastrophic injuries following an accident that was caused by the negligent or intentional acts of another, you need an advocate who has experience in cases where damages are high and the stakes are higher. You need to recover enough to compensate you for the remainder of your life.

The experienced attorneys at Colorado Springs accident law firm Levine Law will sit down with you at no charge to discuss your case and how they can help you. Contact Levine Law online or call the firm at 719-471-3000 for a free consultation.

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