Different Types and Causes of Catastrophic Injury

An injury is typically classified as “catastrophic” when it happens suddenly and without warning and leaves the victim with life-changing impacts and long-term consequences. Although most people usually think of spinal cord injuries involving paralysis as the most common type of catastrophic injury, there are a variety of different types of catastrophic injury and many potential causes.

Although many people think of paraplegia and quadriplegia as common catastrophic injuries, they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Losses of sight or hearing are also catastrophic injuries. Birth injuries can be catastrophic. By their very nature, catastrophic injuries often happen swiftly and without prior warning. One minute your life is fine, and the next, it’s upside down. Everything has changed, and you don’t know what your next move is. Listed below are just a few different types of catastrophic injury.

Different Types of Catastrophic Injury
  • Birth Injury
  • Amputation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Loss of hearing or sight
  • Eye injury
  • Facial injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Paralysis
  • Brain injury
  • Neurological damage
  • Crush injury

The causes for a variety of catastrophic injuries are also seemingly limitless. Frequently, car accidents can cause severe and catastrophic injuries. In particular, collisions with semi trucks and big rigs can be especially devastating. Boating accidents, backyard trampoline accidents and workplace accidents can also cause catastrophic injuries. Listed below are just a few potential causes for a variety of different catastrophic injuries.

Causes of Catastrophic Injury
  • Car accidents
  • Trucking accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Sports accidents
  • On-the-job accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Trampoline accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Fires and explosions
  • Defective products
  • Medical malpractice
  • Horseback riding accidents
  • Falls from heights
  • Violent crime
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Jet ski accidents
Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries

Injuries to the spinal cord are one of the most commonly seen types of catastrophic injury. Car accidents, falls from heights and trampoline accidents can all cause severe and catastrophic injury to the neck and spinal cord. Neck and spinal cord injuries are often debilitating. Paraplegia or quadriplegia can leave victims with partial or total loss of the use of their limbs and torso. Depending upon the severity of a spinal cord injury, lifelong specialized care is often a necessity. In addition to the initial physical injury, victims of severe spinal cord and neck injuries also face a tremendous uphill battle which can leave deep emotional scars. Victims of this type of catastrophic injury often need long-term medical care and physical therapy.

About Traumatic Brain Injury

No discussion of catastrophic injury causes and types would be complete without mentioning traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI can also be caused by a variety of different reasons. Bicyclists and pedestrians are at an increased risk for suffering from a brain injury during collisions with cars. Depending upon the severity of the brain injury, victims could be facing basic cognitive and emotional problems or severe and debilitating lifelong impacts to their daily lives. In incredibly devastating cases, victims are unable to recognize their loved ones. They have to be taught how to do ordinary tasks like brushing their teeth or feeding themselves over again. This type of injury can be especially difficult for families, because the victim may have memory loss and severe emotional issues which can be incredibly difficult to cope with.

Lifetime Impacts of Different Catastrophic Injuries

Although there are a variety of different types and causes of catastrophic injuries, the common theme is that survivors are left with long term, lifelong impacts. Whether you’ve lost a limb or suffered from some type of paralysis, your life is going to be different. You might not be able to go back to work. Most likely, you’re facing a lengthy rehabilitation program. Chronic pain, disfigurement and profound emotional impairments are common too.

Personal Injury Lawsuits and Settlements

Catastrophic injuries aren’t easy to overcome. You don’t just get progressively better. In most cases, victims and their families live with the impacts of a catastrophic injury, day in and day out for the rest of their lives. When somebody else’s negligence, carelessness or willful misconduct contributes to another person’s catastrophic injury, it’s time to speak with an experienced attorney. The skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is ready to help you get your life back.

Our skilled team can help you to determine exactly how much compensation you need to cover the lifelong expenses and damages involved with your catastrophic injury. Don’t trust the rest of your life to just anybody. We have over three decades of experience, and we’re ready to be your advocate as you put your life back together.

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