Catastrophic Injury Law



Catastrophic Injuries - Catastrophic injury means “consequences of an injury that permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.” A catastrophic injury or illness usually occurs suddenly and without warning and can leave a person suffering from permanent disabilities for the rest of his/her life. Catastrophic injuries are any injuries that have serious, long-term effects on the victim. Catastrophic injuries can often put serious stress on the victim's family because they may need constant supervision or assistance for the rest of their lives, as well as a lifetime of rehabilitation and medical bills.

Catastrophic injuries can be caused by any number of different circumstances, and are considered catastrophic, due to the enormous impact they have on the lives of the individuals who experience them. A catastrophic injury or illness very often causes severe disruption to the central nervous system, such as spinal cord injuries or severe burn injuries, which in turn affects many other systems of the body. Some of the most common catastrophic injuries include: serious head trauma; accidental amputation; multiple bone fracture; eye injury; shoulder injury; foot injury; back injury; neck injury; brain injury; severe burns; organ damage; spinal cord and neurological disorders, which can result in paralysis; paraplegia; and quadriplegia. Catastrophic injury settlements seek to compensate victims for these lifelong disabilities.

What is Catastrophic Injury Law? If a catastrophic injury was caused by the negligent or intentional act of another, or by a dangerous or defective product, a personal injury claim by the victim will be an integral factor in determining his/her future quality of life, including the quality of the medical care and other support he/she will receive. Because of the huge financial implications a catastrophic injury has, one of the most important aspects of bringing a personal injury claim is the determination of the value of such a claim.

Legislatures throughout the country have imposed caps on "non-economic" damages, which can be quite low. A catastrophic injury lawyer can help recover compensation for the damages that the victim or his/her loved one has experienced, including: lost wages; loss of enjoyment of life; mental anguish; pain and suffering; lost future wages; permanent disability; and medical bills.

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Articles About Catastrophic Injury Law

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    When two cars are involved in an accident, the occupants of the vehicle are protected by the physical structure of the car, as well as the airbags and seatbelts inside the car.
  • When a Construction Accident Results in a Caught-In Injury
    “Caught-in” and “caught-between” construction accidents are among the most dangerous and frightening in the construction industry. That’s why they have been named as part of OSHA’s “Focus Four” initiative.
  • Protecting Your Family after a Workplace Injury
    The fallout from a workplace injury can lead to disastrous consequences. Someone who is making a healthy income can suddenly experience lost wages and unexpected medical expenses, plunging a family into a downward spiral that can lead to fractured relationships, financial ruin, and – in some cases – even homelessness.
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    Head injuries can be dangerous, in particular because serious issues may not present for some time.
  • Legislating Opioid Prescriptions for Workers’ Compensation Recipients
    Opioids like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone can be very effective painkillers. Often, doctors prescribe them to patients recovering from surgery, and patients who have suffered injuries in work accidents.
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    Insurance companies exist to make money, not make you happy. Surprised? Don’t be. Insurance companies exist to make a profit for their shareholders (or policyholders, in the case of a mutual insurance company). Their income is normally in the form of premiums and returns on investments. Costs include the overhead that comes with their operation and payment of claims.
  • The Dangers of Trench and Excavation Operations
    Between 2011 and 2015, more than 800 construction workers died in the United States in “struck by” incidents. That’s a number not seen in other industries. Many of those deaths occurred on construction sites in excavation or trench-related operations.
  • Health Care Workplace Violence Prevention Needs OSHA Standard
    Doctors, nurses, and other medical industry personnel dedicate their skills to providing health care, tireless service, and compassion toward patients.
  • When Is the Best Time to Talk to an Attorney after a Car Accident?
    The best time to talk to a personal injury attorney after a car accident is as soon as possible. It is important not to wait too long to speak to an attorney because there may be important steps that you need to take to make sure that you will get compensated fairly for your car and your bodily injury claim.
  • Wrongful Death and Nursing Home Abuse
    Modern nursing homes house 1.4 million individuals, many of whom require round-the-clock care. Research suggests that over one-third of seniors will eventually reside in these facilities. This can be a pleasant experience for some, who enjoy camaraderie with fellow residents and quality care that they might not receive at home. Others, however, face horrific abuse or neglect.
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Catastrophic Injury Law – US

  • Catastrophic Injury Litigation - Wikipedia

    Catastrophic injuries can be physically, emotionally and financially devastating. Victims and their families may be able to obtain compensation through a personal injury claim. This legal guide offers information on defining catastrophic injuries, types, causes, and how an attorney can help.

  • CDC - Injury, Violence and Safety

    Welcome to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For over 60 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people.

  • United States Department of Labor - State Occupational Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities

    State data presenting the number and frequency of work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities are available from two BLS programs: nonfatal cases of work-related injuries and illnesses that are recorded by employers under the Occupational safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) recordkeeping guidelines are available for 46 States and Territories from the BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII); fatal cases of work-related injuries are available for all States, Territories, and New York City under a separate program, the BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).

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