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What is a Catastrophic Injury?

By Kelly Balamuth on January 4, 2013

Northern California Catastrophic Injury AccidentAny type of injury has the potential to have a devastating effect on a person’s life and well-being, but a catastrophic injury in particular can permanently impact the life of the injury victim. A catastrophic injury is any injury that has serious, long-term effects on the victim and can result in permanent disabilities. As the injury is often life-altering, the financial, emotional, and physical strains of the injury can be significant, and the victim as well as the family and friends supporting the person through recovery will be negatively impacted.

The effects of a catastrophic injury can be felt for months or even years, and the following are some of the more common catastrophic injuries that accident victims may suffer:

  • Traumatic brain injury;
  • Paralysis, quadriplegia (paralysis of all four limbs), or paraplegia (paralysis of the legs and lower body);
  • Back injuries, such as a spinal cord injury;
  • Neck injuries; and
  • Severe burn injuries.

As a catastrophic injury can result in permanent disabilities and leave a person to cope with new physical limitations, he or she may be unable to return to work and to the activities enjoyed prior to the injury. Depending on the exact injury and the severity, a person may have to relearn everyday activities and have continued medical care and assistance to recuperate to and live daily life.

The Walnut Creek catastrophic injury attorneys of Balamuth Law know that medical treatment and rehabilitation are essential in order for a person to recover to the best of their abilities. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury caused by the negligent actions of another party, you are legally able to pursue compensation from the at-fault person and hold them accountable through a personal injury claim.

Our legal team has the knowledge and experience needed to get you favorable results in your case and will work tirelessly to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Call (888) 254-1234 to discuss your situation with us.

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