Catastrophic injuries are injuries that cause severe damage to the brain, spinal cord or spinal column. The term can include spinal fractures and skull fractures as well because of their potential to causer serious consequences for victims.
These kinds of injuries are possible in traffic accidents. The force of two fast-moving vehicles can be exponentially stronger than the human body can handle, leading to injuries that could lead to death without immediate treatment.
Can people recover from catastrophic injuries?
Recovery varies from person to person, but people absolutely can survive. Their quality of life after a serious injury like this may be less than it was before, though. Some of the issues they may deal with now and for the rest of their lives include:
- Chronic pain
- Dysfunction of part of the body, like in the case of paralysis with organ involvement
- Trouble walking or speaking due to a brain injury
- Memory loss
- A loss of enjoyment in life
It’s impossible to imagine how much your life would change with such a severe injury, but one thing that those around a victim can do is help them seek the compensation that they will need throughout their recovery and to support them later in life. Some of the financial impacts of serious injuries include:
- The loss of a job and income
- High expenses from medical care
- Expenses related to making a home handicap accessible
- Caregiver expenses
If you suffer an injury like this, you deserve support. A catastrophic injury is life-changing, but good financial support will help you cover the medical care and other financial needs you have. Our website has more on what to expect if you want to start a personal injury claim.