Three things to consider when impacted by a catastrophic personal injury

Rachel N. Woloshin

Author: Rachel N. Woloshin

POST DATE: 6.29.21
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An accident resulting in personal injuries can be overwhelming, and there can be even more to handle when you or a loved one has experienced a catastrophic personal injury. Catastrophic personal injuries are generally those that are life-altering and result in long-term disability or debilitation; or an injury that permanently prevents an individual from maintaining gainful employment.

CCHA is here to review three things to consider when you or someone you love is impacted by a catastrophic personal injury.

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Common types + causes of catastrophic personal injuries

Generally, a catastrophic injury involves a deformity or loss of capacity (physical or mental). Common types can include a traumatic brain injury, loss of limb (amputation), spinal cord injury (paralysis), loss of sight or hearing, internal bleeding and organ damage, and burns. While there are infinite ways a catastrophic injury can occur — and many are unusual, “freak” accidents — there are some common causes of catastrophic injuries, including:

  • Motor vehicle accidents (including car, motorcycle, and truck accidents)
  • Construction or hazardous worksite accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Product defects
  • Unsafe premises
  • Medical malpractice
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
  • Fires and explosions
  • On-the-job accidents
  • Falls from height
  • Sports and recreational activities

Types of damages that may be compensated as a result of catastrophic personal injury

If you or a loved one has recently suffered a catastrophic injury, you may still be trying to maneuver what your financial future looks like.

If you are in pursuit of a personal injury claim, you should consider recovering compensation for your damages including but not limited to:

  • Medical care, treatment, and services
  • Prosthetics and other assistive devices (wheelchair, walker, etc.)
  • Lost wages and loss of future future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Your inability to function as a whole person
  • Permanent disfigurement or deformity
  • Loss of consortium (generally involving the loss of affection, companionship, comfort, society, sexual relations and the need for counseling for emotional distress, ongoing physical or occupational and other therapies and assistance from home health aides or caregivers).

Immediate, first steps to take after experiencing a catastrophic personal injury

  • Find a personal injury lawyer - If the personal injury accident was caused by an accident or someone’s negligence, you can explore your legal options with the help of a personal injury lawyer, like the team at CCHA. In most catastrophic personal injury cases, you may be managing extensive medical costs and financial losses. A skilled personal injury lawyer can help you recover the funds you need to move forward.
  • Maintain records - If you are physically unable to maintain records of your own, ask a trusted friend or family member to help do so. Documentation will be extremely important during the recovery process, as you or your loved one seek treatment or additional care. CCHA recommends and can help you track all expenses incurred, as they relate to the accident. These records will assist in calculating potential damages to explore.

Contact CCHA for personal injury attorneys you can trust

It is important that you have a qualified personal injury lawyer representing you from the outset, when you or someone you love is injured in a personal injury accident. Our experienced team is here and available to help you move forward during one of life’s most confusing and difficult times. The Personal Injury attorneys at CCHA are dedicated to helping injury victims and their families move forward after a loss. Contact us for a partner you can trust. CCHA is here to serve injury victims and their families.