3 Kinds of Catastrophic Injuries

If you or someone you love has been involved in a personal injury, you know that many injuries can be minor. What about injuries that aren't? This article covers three kinds of catastrophic injuries and what you need to know about them.

Dealing with personal injuries can be a challenging experience even if your injuries are minor. It's common to experience bruises, cuts, or even fractures when you're involved in a personal injury or accident. In some cases, the injuries may be more extreme. Severe, long-term injuries are considered to be catastrophic. Typically, catastrophic injuries require surgery and long-term medical attention. Additionally, severe injuries may affect your ability to work, communicate, and participate in normal activities. This can make dealing with the injury both financially and emotionally draining. After you receive medical care, it's important to consult with a personal injury attorney who can talk with you about your options. No matter how you were injured, there are three common types of injuries that are always considered to be catastrophic.

1. Brain injuries

Automobile accidents frequently result in brain injuries for those involved. Brain injuries are incredibly serious and can have long-lasting damage. This type of injury can lead to memory loss, as well as the inability to form new memories. In some cases, brain injuries may impact your cognitive function. It may be difficult or even impossible to speak. You may find that controlling your arms and legs is challenging. This type of injury often requires surgery and in some cases, may require long-term physical therapy and medical care.

2. Spinal cord damage

Spinal cord damage is a serious type of injury that can occur in a variety of situations, but is especially prominent in accidents involving vehicles. Spinal cord damage can take away your ability to walk; however, that's not the only problem associated with spinal cord damage. Individuals suffering from spinal cord injuries may struggle to control their limbs or have severe chronic pain. They may also have respiratory problems that require constant medical care.

3. Severe burns

In some cases, a personal injury can result in severe burns that affect a person's appearance, mobility, and health. Burns carry a number of risks, including infection and permanent scarring. In addition to requiring constant medical care, victims who experience burns may struggle to deal with the emotional impact of the accident.

If you have been injured in a severe accident that has left you with catastrophic injuries, it's time to talk to an attorney who can assess your situation and discuss your options with you. You may be entitled to compensation to help cover your medical expenses. If you are unable to work because of the accident, you might receive compensation for lost wages. Call today to schedule a consultation and to discuss what your options are for moving forward after a catastrophic personal injury.