By legal definition, catastrophic injuries are those that render you unable to maintain gainful employment. These injuries are severe, and often have permanent symptoms that hinder your ability to enjoy life. If your catastrophic injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you have the right to file a lawsuit to seek compensation.
The 3 most common types of catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries occur when a concussive force causes your brain to hit the inside of your skull. Swelling, bruising, and bleeding of the brain may result. Victims of traumatic brain injuries may suffer a variety of symptoms, including pain, dizziness, blurred vision, and nausea. More severe traumatic brain injuries may result in permanent symptoms, including emotional and behavioral changes, moodiness, lost sense of taste, smell, hearing, and vision, and personality changes.
- Severe burn injuries. Burns over large sections of your body, as well as third and fourth-degree burns, count as catastrophic injuries. Third-degree burns affect both layers of skin, known as the epidermis and dermis, as well as the layer of fat beneath the skin. Fourth-degree burns penetrate down to the soft tissues and bones. These burns are very serious, and require emergency medical attention. Victims may suffer permanent scarring and disfigurement, and the lost sense of touch because of nerve damage.
- Spinal cord injuries. The spinal cord controls the central nervous system, which transmits signals from your body to your brain. If this cord is compressed, torn, or injured, it may interrupt the flow of signals throughout your body. This means you could be partially or completely paralyzed. You could also suffer gastrointestinal and urinary tract complications, sexual dysfunction, and breathing difficulties. Symptoms of a spinal cord injury are often permanent, leading to a decreased quality of life.
What Types of Compensation Are Available for a Catastrophic Injury?
Since catastrophic injuries lead to serious and long-term symptoms, there are a variety of damages that may be available to you.
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages (under certain circumstances)
- Other injury-related costs
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At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, we know you are going through a stressful and emotionally difficult time. Our Honolulu catastrophic injury attorneys are sympathetic, and will work hard for your case as you seek the best possible outcome. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s actions, we will fight on your behalf as you pursue justice from those responsible.
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