There is a difference between an injury that takes someone out for a certain amount of time and an injury that takes a person out permanently. Some injuries like bruises and lacerations can take a specific time to heal, even though they are painful. Some injuries like spinal cord injuries and burn injuries are permanently life-changing, and victims may never recover from the trauma these injuries cause. Even worse, the injuries can cause additional pain to victims in the future. Victims of these catastrophic injuries are entitled to compensation if a negligent party causes their injuries. Contact a Delaware County catastrophic injury attorney today.
What Can be Classified as a Catastrophic Injury?
Many courts consider a catastrophic injury to produce significant harm and disfigurement to a person. A person’s ability to function independently must be seriously penetrated due to the nature of the catastrophic injury. Some examples of a catastrophic injury include the following:
Amputations. The loss of a limb would make it extremely difficult for a person to function without some form of medical assistance. Victims who suffer from this type of injury would require prosthetics or medical devices to help perform simple tasks like walking or picking up items.
Burn injuries. Even a first-degree burn can be painful for a victim. Third-degree and fourth-degree burns can cause victims to experience serious symptoms like physical disfigurement and scarring. Victims who suffer from these types of injuries are at risk of losing their skin around the burned areas and may require skin grafting surgeries in the future.
Spinal cord injuries. This type of injury affects the spinal cord’s ability to relay messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Victims who experience this type of injury will require rehabilitation services for the rest of their lives. Their ability to control nearly every aspect of their body – from the heart rate to the bladder – will be impacted by their spinal cord injury.
Traumatic brain injuries. When the brain experiences a particular amount of force, a person’s ability to think is extremely affected. Victims of traumatic brain injuries are at risk of suffering from a loss of consciousness, concentration problems, cognitive problems, and mood swings. Depending on the nature of the brain injury, victims may require long-term care for the rest of their lives.
What Separates Catastrophic Injuries From Other Injuries?
For an injury to be considered catastrophic, it has to reduce a person’s ability to work significantly. Although many states have different definitions for catastrophic injuries, the consensus is that a person’s ability to work must be affected for an injury to be considered catastrophic. A person’s career must be substantially disrupted from the injury to be considered catastrophic.
Contact a Delaware County Catastrophic Injury Attorney Today
Don’t suffer alone. When you’ve experienced a catastrophic injury due to another’s negligence, get the legal help you need from Solomon, Sherman & Gabay. We have successfully managed thousands of personal injury claims throughout Pennsylvania. Let us assert your rights and recover your losses. You can contact us by calling our office at 215-665-1100 or filling out our contact form.