Severe accidents commonly lead to catastrophic injuries, but what constitutes a catastrophic injury? There is no formal legal definition, but the injuries often involve long-term disability or disfigurement. These injuries can be the result of an auto or boat accident, medical malpractice, slip and falls and chemical exposure. They can turn your entire life upside down and significantly lower your quality of life.
Catastrophic injuries are decided on a case-by-case basis and can include these forms:
- Spinal Cord injuries—Damage to your spinal cord is long-lasting or permanent and can lead to partial or full paralysis. You’ll need years of physical therapy, and medical expenses will continue to accumulate throughout your life.
- Brain injuries—Traumatic brain injuries can happen while playing a sport or during an accident. They can cause permanent damage and disability, which includes difficulty with speech, confusion, headaches, aggressive behavior and many other symptoms.
- Burn injuries—There are four categories of burns. Third and fourth degree burns are the most severe and require medical treatment. They can arise from chemical exposure, scalding water and electricity. The long-term symptoms involve disfigurement and damage to your skin tissue, muscles and bones.
Catastrophic injury claims seek higher settlements to cover medical expenses, future medical costs, loss of income and other effects the accident has on your health and quality of life. You may also receive compensation for the emotional and physical pain you’ve endured due to the injury. These cases are extremely complex. It’s important to speak with our experienced attorney about your case before agreeing to any settlement amount.
If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury, please call our attorneys in Chicago today at (800) LAW-0300 to schedule your free consultation. Sklare Law Group serves clients in Chicago, Illinois and surrounding Northern Illinois areas.