Types of Catastrophic Injuries
In general terms, catastrophic injuries are injuries that impact the brain, spinal function, or the ability to use one or more body parts. Catastrophic injuries come in many varieties, but there are certain types that are most common. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should not wait to consult with a dedicated Cumming catastrophic injury attorney about your rights.
Injuries that reach the level of catastrophic tend to include the following types:
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Blunt abdominal trauma
- Severe burn injuries, including disfigurement
These types of injuries can all be debilitating and life-changing, and they might prevent you from working and require ongoing care. Let’s take a more in-depth look at common types of catastrophic injuries.
Head and Brain Injuries
Injuries to the head and brain are often referred to as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and they tend to be just as unpredictable as they are serious. A TBI can leave its victim with lasting or permanent cognitive, physical, and/or behavioral impairments, which can impact their personal and professional lives. Serious TBIs are frequently classified as catastrophic.
Spinal Cord Injuries, Including Paralysis
Spinal cord injuries are often the result of impact to the back, neck, and/or shoulders, and they can be extremely serious. Even a relatively minor spinal cord injury can lead to a permanent decrease in range of motion and to chronic pain. When the injury severs the spinal cord completely, it translates to permanent paralysis below the site of the injury, which often means a lifetime of serious secondary health concerns and overarching physical limitations.
Blunt Abdominal Trauma
Blunt abdominal trauma is an extremely serious category of injury that can cause a wide range of internal injuries. Some of these injuries might not be readily apparent, especially if there are no external wounds, which can increase the risk of complications and permanent issues. Blunt abdominal trauma can occur in many types of accidents, including falls, traffic crashes, and more.
Burn Injuries and Disfigurement
Serious burn injuries are some of the most painful and lasting injuries a person can endure, and they come with the risk of life-threatening secondary health concerns and complications. Burns can also result in permanent disfigurement, including amputations or scarring.
Losing a limb, hand, or foot to an amputation caused by someone else’s negligence presents tremendous physical, financial, and emotional hurdles. It can alter your life in many ways, including possibly preventing you from working and/or requiring you to relearn how to complete basic everyday tasks.
Seek Assistance from an Experienced Forsyth County Catastrophic Injury Attorney
A catastrophic injury can alter the course of your life in ways that can be difficult to comprehend from the outset. The compassionate and committed Cumming catastrophic injury attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland have the experience, resources, and legal insight to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 770-887-1209 for more information today.