As we age, we hope we can avoid major tragedies. But sometimes we’re dealt a hand that changes our lives forever- a catastrophic injury. In some cases, wounds heal, bodies and minds mend, and the once devastating event becomes something that made you stronger.
In other situations, however, there is no healing, no cure, and no opportunity to resume life as it was before. These situations are usually caused by catastrophic injuries and can result in mobility loss that may require round the clock medical care and the need to supplement lost income.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
In legal terms, a catastrophic injury permanently disables an individual, preventing them from supporting themselves and their family by means of regular gainful employment. The range of catastrophic injuries can be quite broad and can include illnesses or injuries incurred while on the job or injuries from an accident.
Here are some of the injuries that could be catastrophic given their circumstances:
- Amputation or loss of limb
- Vision/eye loss
- Hearing loss
- Bone, tissue, or joint injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Psychological disorders resulting from trauma
- Neck and back injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Fatal Injuries
Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
A catastrophic injury could be the result of an accident, mistake, or violent incident. Common causes of catastrophic injuries are:
- Accidents caused by sports
- Vehicular accidents caused by cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians.
- Firearm or knife wounds
- Exposure to toxic chemicals or the elements
- Medical malpractice or negligence
- Violent acts (abuse, assault, etc.)
- Unsafe structures or properties
- Defective products
- Blunt force trauma
Preventing Catastrophic Injuries
There’s a saying that goes “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Common sense and awareness of your surroundings can go a long way toward preventing catastrophic injuries that occur from falls, unsafe properties and some sporting accidents.
This means taking simple precautions like:
- Knowing and trusting who you’re with
- Researching or inspecting the place you’re visiting for any hazards like unsafe construction or poor maintenance
- Inspecting machinery before use and using it only as the manufacturer recommends
- Being aware of equipment, terrain, and other players when playing sports
- Knowing and practicing good gun safety
- Practicing defensive driving
- Using vehicles where they’re meant to be used and being aware of weather conditions and terrain
Even if you take every precaution, there’s still a chance to be injured because of someone else’s negligence. Unfortunately, there’s no way you can predict or prevent what another person will do. It’s important to note that negligence can be both intentional and unintentional. Emotions can cause people to act erratically and commit an intentional act of violence or negligence, even if they wouldn’t normally behave that way.
Contact Our Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
So what happens when you or a loved on lose your ability to support yourself due to a catastrophic injury or illness? You may not have all of the answers right away, but one of the best ways you can prepared for the worst is to have a good relationship with an experienced personal injury attorney.
The catastrophic injury attorneys at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson are here to fight for your financial compensation. We won’t stop until you have what you need and we won’t ask for payment until you’ve received the maximum amount of compensation you’re entitled to. Learn how we can help, call us today at 337-436-6611.