On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2023 | Personal Injury |

Any time an accident leads to injuries, it can upend the injured person’s life. However, only some injuries are considered “catastrophic.” Catastrophic injuries involve significant physical damage, often leaving a person unable to recover fully. These life-altering injuries often result in high medical costs and disability.

5 types of catastrophic injuries

Many different injuries, if severe enough, could qualify as catastrophic. Some life-changing injuries include:

  • Amputations — Losing a limb can significantly impact a person’s life and ability to support themselves.
  • Burn injuries—Serious burns can lead to nerve damage or muscle damage. Burns can also lead to scarring that disfigures a person’s appearance or limit their range of motion. These injuries often require long-term treatment.
  • Injuries to the nerves or spinal cord— When a person’s nerves are damaged, those injuries can have a wide-ranging impact on their life. Weakness, pain, balance issues and paralysis can all result from injuries to the nervous system.
  • Injuries that damage a person’s eyes or ears —The ears and eyes are parts of the body that we rely on to interact with the world, perform our work and keep ourselves safe. If an injury impacts these body parts, a person could become blind or deaf.
  • Brain injuries— When an accident involves a sudden impact on the person’s head, it can injure the brain. Depending on the severity of the damage and the injured area of the brain, a person may experience seizures, fatigue, paralysis, difficulty with language and changes to their senses.

Catastrophic injuries like these can permanently alter a person’s ability to pursue the activities they enjoy, engage with their family or earn a living. Thankfully, compensation may be available for injured people and their families that can address the cost of these injuries and provide the necessary support.