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Types of Catastrophic Injuries

For individuals who have survived a devastating accident that resulted in a catastrophic injury, dealing with the ramifications can feel like an unknown and lonely journey.

If you, a friend, or a family member have experienced such an injury, our attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP are here to help. Below, we explore the different types of catastrophic injuries so that you can better navigate this situation.

Examples of Catastrophic Injuries

Injuries are categorized as catastrophic when an injury is so severe that its effects leave the victim with permanent damage. Examples of different types of catastrophic injuries caused by the negligence or recklessness of another entity include the following:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries. These are often among the most costly and emotionally taxing catastrophic injuries. With brain damage, cognitive issues arise that take away from a person’s ability to work, speak, or form new memories. These can include severe concussions, skull fractures, contusions, intracranial hematomas, and more.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries. These injuries occur when there is a fracture, compression, or any other damage to or around the spinal cord. It can lead to partial or complete paralysis, respiratory issues, chronic pain, and other mobility problems.
  • Multiple Bone Fractures. These injuries occur when the bone breaks into several pieces, often caused by blunt force trauma, such as in an auto accident, pedestrian accident, or something similar.
  • Burn Injuries. These injuries can cause limb loss, disfigurement, and permanent disability depending on the extent of the burns. Oftentimes, skin grafts are required, which can be painful, lengthy, and costly.
  • Amputations. In some accidents, the damage can be so tremendous that the best option is amputation. This can be both an emotional and physical challenge for individuals.
  • Internal Organ Damage. Accidents with extreme force, such as a car crash, can lead to internal bleeding, which can be life-threatening.
  • Vision Impairment or Loss of Vision. Several accidents, such as auto accidents or workplace accidents, may result in exposure to broken glass or toxic chemicals, which may cause partial or total vision loss.
  • Other Damage Related to Orthopedic Function or Tissue. Many serious accidents result in catastrophic damage to the bones, muscles, and tissues, which may lead to partial or total immobility.

After sustaining a severe injury as a result of the negligence of someone else’s actions or inactions, you may pursue a personal injury lawsuit. These injuries may allow for the maximum possible compensation for your human losses and for the pain and suffering associated with these types of injuries, as well as compensation for the costly medical expenses, loss of wages, and associated extreme costs.

Contact our San Jose catastrophic injury attorneys at (800) 900-0863 for a free case evaluation.