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What Makes an Injury

What Makes an Injury "Catastrophic"?

Preventable accidents can cause a range of injuries, all of which have the potential to create physical, financial, and emotional repercussions for victims. However, in personal injury law, more serious injuries are often deemed “catastrophic.” Not only are catastrophic injuries characterized by severe physical trauma and the need for serious and / or long term medical care and recoveries, they also deeply affect the financial and emotional wellbeing of victims and their loved ones.

At Roman & Gaynor, our Clearwater personal injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of victims harmed by negligence. These include victims who suffered a range of catastrophic injuries, such as:

In many cases where we have represented catastrophically injured victims, we have obtained significant sums in settlements and verdicts, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation and even multi-million dollar recoveries. These large figures not only speak to the experience and talent of our legal team, but also to the substantial damages suffered by victims who suffer the most profound harms and losses.

When injuries are catastrophic, both economic and non-economic damages increase dramatically. This is due to a number of factors:

  • Economic damages – Catastrophically injured victims face tremendous financial burdens following their accidents and injuries. These include extensive medical expenses associated with required treatment, and especially with serious surgeries, multiple procedures, and long-term treatment. Economic damages are also driven by victims’ lost income, which can be caused by missing considerable time from work, or from diminished earning potential when victims are unable to perform the type of work they did prior to an accident, or perform any work whatsoever.
  • Non-economic damages – Aside from financial costs associated with injuries and lost income, catastrophically injured victims also suffer profound non-economic damages. These include pain and suffering, and the emotional injuries that accompany a significant loss in enjoyment or quality of life. Life-altering injuries not only change the futures of victims – including those who suffer from permanent disabilities or impairment – but also the futures of their families. As such, damages may also be awarded to family members who suffer loss of consortium and support from their catastrophically injured loved ones.
  • Future damages – Future damages are a defining aspect of catastrophic injuries. This is because victims often have long-term if not life-long needs and losses. Among these are the need for future medical treatment, daily assistive care, and future pain and suffering. Additionally, victims can recover future lost wages associated with their inability to work or earn a substantial living due to their injuries.

In one recent case handled by our firm, we represented a victim who suffered catastrophic injuries when they were involved in a rear-end accident, including traumatic brain injury and other significant injuries. At trial, our medical expert witness testified as to the severity of those injuries, and that our client would likely never fully recover and have normal functioning of their brain. Due to permanent cognitive deficits and other serious injuries, a jury awarded $4.3 million in compensation, which included millions of dollars for future medical expenses and future pain and suffering.

Our legal team at Roman & Gaynor understands the profound impact of catastrophic injuries, as well as the elevated needs of victims and their families. As such, we fight aggressively to help victims with serious injuries and considerable future needs secure the full amount of compensation they need and deserve. To learn more about pursuing a personal injury claim following any type of serious injury, contact us for a free consultation.

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