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Catastrophic Injury

Let’s review some commonly asked legal questions regarding catastrophic injuries.

What injuries might be defined as Catastrophic?

There’s no hard and fast rule for sorting injuries between “catastrophic” and “non-catastrophic.” Some permanent injuries may not be considered catastrophic, while some catastrophic injuries may not be permanent. In general, an injury is considered “catastrophic” if it requires long-term treatment, causes a lot of pain and suffering, and takes years to recover from.

What are some examples of catastrophic injuries?

Common catastrophic injuries can run the gamut from damage to internal organs to bone fractures to paralysis. Here’s a more thorough (but not complete) list:

  • The acquisition of a chronic disease or condition.
  • Loss of a limb.
  • Loss of sight or hearing.
  • Third degree burns over a significant area of the skin.
  • Injuries to the spinal cord or nervous system.
  • Injuries to the brachial plexus (which often occur during birth).
  • Injuries due to exposure to toxic chemicals, allergens, or other noxious substances.

What are common causes of catastrophic accidents?

Truck crashes and car accidents on America’s roadways cause trauma to thousands of people every year. In addition, concussion injuries sustained while playing sports; toxic inhalation injuries sustained while working or playing in certain environments; defective product related injuries; and injuries/infections sustained while at treatment in a hospital might all be classified under the “catastrophic” umbrella.

If and when you sue for liability for a catastrophic injury, what might you expect to recover?

In personal injury cases, damages are awarded in two classes – compensatory and punitive. Compensatory damages are meant to literally compensate victims for lost wages, lost potential future earnings, pain and suffering, medical costs, and the like. Punitive damages are imposed to punish the liable party/parties above and on top of compensatory damages.

For help with a Missouri injury claim, contact Page Law ASAP. Our St. Louis accident law firm has won wide prase from legal peers and clients alike. Find out more on our website, or set a time to speak with us at (314) 322-8515.

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