Catastrophic injuries cause permanent damage that greatly affects the standard of living for accident victims. Many people commonly suffer catastrophic injuries in car accidents and work accidents. People who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that permanently affects their mental capabilities are victims of catastrophic injuries. And those injuries are not always readily apparent. Changes in personality thought processes, and physical condition all can be related directly to a catastrophic TBI injury. Other types of catastrophic injuries might cause partial or full paralysis or amputation of limbs or appendages. Whenever you suffer an injury that creates a permanently disabling condition, you have suffered a catastrophic injury.
Catastrophic injuries generally come with very high costs. Many require multiple surgeries and long stays in hospitals to treat them. Catastrophic injuries also often create a need for extensive physical therapy and mental health services. And they often cause accident victims to need in-home services from medical professionals and caretakers. A catastrophic injury can make it impossible for you to care for yourself and require assistance with even the most basic of bodily functions – like using the restroom. The lifetime cost of surviving a catastrophic injury usually is very high. And a liability lawsuit might be the only way to get full compensation.