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What is Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is an injury that causes serious interruption to a person’s normal, everyday life, or interrupts normal bodily functions. These are very serious injuries, often resulting from serious accidents. Some examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Severe head, neck, or spine injury (often resulting in partial or full paralysis)
- Major scarring or disfigurement
- Compound bone fractures
- Loss of sight or other senses
- Toxic exposure or other poisoning-like symptoms
- Neurological disorders
- Damage to internal organs
- Various other serious injuries
- chainsaw injury
Catastrophic injuries are sometimes called by other names, such as “serious bodily harm” or “serious bodily injury”. However, catastrophic injuries usually refer to events or incidents that occur without warning or onset, or that occur unexpectedly.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Catastrophic Injury?
Catastrophic injuries can result from many different types of incidents, such as car accidents, sporting injuries, extreme activities like sports bike riding, or other situations. Legal liability for such injuries will thus vary widely according to the circumstances, the parties involved, and state laws. Some legal theories associated with catastrophic injuries include:
- Gross negligence or recklessness
- Product liability, such as a defective product
- Intentional acts, such as with a battery claim
Are There Any Legal Consequences Associated with Catastrophic Injuries?
In most cases, catastrophic injuries may result in a lawsuit where the injured party receives damages for their losses. These damages are often proportionate to their injury and may be limited by state laws. The damages typically cover costs directly related to the injuries, such as medical costs and other bills. In cases involving intentional catastrophic injury, other consequences may result, such as punitive damages or criminal consequences. Medical expert witnesses may sometimes be needed for a catastrophic injury case.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Assistance with a Catastrophic Injury Claim?
Catastrophic injuries can occur suddenly and can be life-threatening. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area, as injury laws can sometimes be complex for serious injury cases. Your attorney can provide you with legal assistance and guidance in filing and processing your claim. Also, if you need to appear in court for a hearing, your attorney can provide you with legal representation during those important times as well.
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Last Modified: 08-02-2016 10:53 PM PDT
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