What kinds of injuries could be classified as catastrophic?
While all injuries can bring severe physical and emotional pain, some are so severe that they are categorized as catastrophic. For some common catastrophic injuries, please see the following:
Amputations: Limbs that are extremely damaged may require removal in order to save the victim’s life. In rare cases, a limb may be severed by an accident with heavy machinery, a motor vehicle, or a burn. Amputees usually take a long time to heal, and an even longer time getting used to a new way of life, without the use of their limb.
Back Injury: Often stemming from a workplace injury or a car accident, back injuries can limit an individual’s motion to the point of bed rest. These could include a herniated disc, strain, sprain, or a fracture.
Birth Injury: During a child’s delivery, there may be complications from how a baby is positioned or the speed of its delivery. A baby that is facing the wrong way or coming out too slowly or quickly could be at risk for injury. Doctors who do not handle the situation reasonably or are inadequately trained can fail to respond properly should be held responsible for injury sustained by the mother or child.
Broken Bones: Bones that are crushed or fractured by the impact of a crash could cause serious complications like the multiple surgeries or even the puncturing of an organ. Those who are elderly may never recover from a broken bone, even after surgery.
Burn Injury: A person’s skin can be severely damaged by extreme heat. This primarily comes from a fire, but chemicals, x-rays, and other substances can also cause burns. Burn injuries range from superficial burns, known as first-degree burns, to deep burns, known as fourth-degree burns. Long-lasting damages could include scarring and amputation.
Internal Organ Damage: Blunt force to a person’s organs cause sometimes cause internal bleeding, aches, loss consciousness, and visceral pain. This is especially true in the case of exposed organs such as the brain and the stomach. Organs that are protected by the rib cage and vertebra, however, have a greater chance of getting punctured by a broken bone.
Spinal Cord Injury: The spinal cord is a nerve that is in charge of sending information to all parts of the body. If it is severed or damaged from trauma, then it could cause paralysis in different areas. The closer an injury is to the neck, the more parts of the body will be paralyzed or severely immobilized.
Traumatic Brain Injury: Known as TBI, brain injuries usually occur when the brain tissue is severely jolted or the skull experiences great force. Brain injuries can cause permanent disability, as well as severely limit the social, mental, and physical behaviors of a person.
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Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.