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How the Severity of an Injury Can Be Considered Catastrophic

How the Severity of an Injury Can Be Considered Catastrophic

Man in a wheelchairInjuries come in all forms. Many times, they can be minimal injuries likes cuts and bruises. Other times, they can be so severe that they are considered catastrophic under personal injury law. These are the most serious injuries that a person can sustain.

While any individual who suffers an injury may consider it serious, there are a select few that the law considers worse than others because of the long-lasting impact that it can have on the individual who suffered the injury.

These are the common injuries that are considered catastrophic under personal injury law:

It’s important to understand which injuries are considered to be most catastrophic and how they occur. This allows injured individuals to properly pursue legal action through a catastrophic injury lawsuit to seek compensation associated with the damages sustained.

Looking to pursue legal action after a catastrophic injury caused by negligence? Call us today at (727) 877-1212.

The Injuries That Are Considered Catastrophic

Unfortunately, catastrophic injuries can stem from a number of different negligence-related situations. This includes car accidents, truck collisions, slip and falls, workplace accidents, motorcycle accidents, and more. Even worse, they can result in the need for long-term care and medical attention.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can come in a number of different severity levels depending on the amount of damage done to the brain. Even the simplest of collisions can result in a mild TBI such as a concussion in which consciousness is lost temporarily.

However, in the most severe cases, traumatic brain injuries can cause individuals to fall into comas or a vegetative state. Their memory may be severely impacted and their cognitive and behavioral functions may be damaged, impacting their development and ability to complete everyday tasks.

Traumatic brain injuries can include those caused by physical impact or acquired through another condition or loss of oxygen to the brain.

Spinal Cord Injuries & Paralysis

Spinal cord injuries are common in motor vehicle accidents and workplace accidents such as trip and falls. It often involves significant damage to a portion of the spinal cord which can result in the injured individual experiencing paralysis at varying levels.

Depending on the specific injury sustained, the individual may be diagnosed with paraplegia or quadriplegia, as well as complete or incomplete paralysis. Paraplegia refers to a situation in which the lower limbs are primarily paralyzed as a result of the injury.

With quadriplegia, all four limbs may be paralyzed and the individual may lose their ability to use these limbs. Complete paralysis is similar in that there are no messages being sent from the spinal cord to the brain, thus resulting in complete immobility of the limbs. Incomplete paralysis may mean that the individual is still able to use one side of their body below the injured part of the spinal cord.


We hear about amputations quite a bit when it comes to soldiers returning home from war or individuals in serious combat situations. However, amputations can also occur due to an act of negligence such as a car accident or even medical malpractice.

Accidents can be so severe that it results in the individual losing the limb completely, or an infection may be so severe that the doctor decides to remove part of a limb to prevent it from spreading. In any case, an amputation can be very impactful on the injured person’s life, thus making it a catastrophic injury.

Significant Burn Injuries

While there are many burn injuries that occur naturally—such as sunburns—there are some that can occur as a result of negligence. For instance, this can be the case when a plate or liquid is served to someone at a temperature that is too hot. If the scalding hot liquid or hot plate comes into contact with the skin because the patron didn’t know, it could cause a serious burn.

Burns are categorized based on their severity as first, second, or third degree. First degree burns are these least damaging with the skin turning red, peeling, and some pain. However, third degree burns can impact multiple layers of skin, as well as the fat beneath the skin, tissue, nerves, bone, and even internal organs.

When negligence is involved in burn injuries, the causing factor can include arson, uncontrollable flames, hot coffee, electrical wiring defects, and more. These may be acts of negligence and may be subject to legal action.

Loss of Eyesight & Hearing

Some injuries are so serious they can cause significant damage to a person’s hearing or eyesight. Burns, trauma, assault, and more can directly result in individuals losing their abilities to hear or see permanently.

When this happens, the individual’s entire life can be impacted. As such, the injured party may be able to seek damages for the long-term losses associated with the injury, as well as compensation for the emotional damages associated with the loss of invaluable senses.

What a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Can Do for You

At Roman & Gaynor, we recognize how difficult it can be to move forward with a catastrophic injury. As such, we’re focused on helping our clients navigate the legal matters in an effort to obtain compensation and justice they deserve.

With our catastrophic injury attorneys on your side, you can feel confident in your matter being handled by professionals with your best interests in mind. We always aim to hold negligent parties accountable so you can focus on your health while we handle everything else.

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