When might an injury be considered "catastrophic"?
In general, the term is reserved for severe damage stemming from an accident or a disease.
What are typical causes of catastrophic injuries?
- Vehicle collisions
- Construction site injuries
- Slip and falls
- Anything that causes Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), such as exposure to harsh chemicals, a gunfight, or a whiplash injury
- Medical malpractice (such as failure to diagnose and medication errors)
- Natural disasters, such as tornados or floods
Chaos in the wake of the injury
Serious injuries have multiple repercussions.
- Foremost, injury victims must seek medical attention to avoid further injury (or re-injury) and begin on the road to recovery.
- Second, victims and families must deal with logistical and financial issues (such as how to pay for care, what doctor(s) to see, what rehabilitation program to enroll in, etc.), and start thinking about life care plans and insurance issues
- Third, emotional issues must be dealt with. These include how to cope with the loss of function and, in some cases, a loved one.
- Lastly, victims must attend to any legal issues, such as how to recover damages from a person or party responsible for the catastrophic injury.
With so many moving parts and so much confusion and uncertainty, recent victims of catastrophic injuries and their families often find themselves anxious and flailing for advice.
Why it's important to keep your head
The decisions you make in the wake of a catastrophic injury can have lifelong consequences. For instance, let's say a drunk driver crashed into your daughter on her way to prom and caused internal bleeding. You want to see that she gets the best possible care and also see the drunken driver brought to justice. Without a good trial verdict or settlement offer, you may be saddled with having to pay for healthcare costs for her for the rest of her life.
Calm, compassionate guidance
If someone you love has been profoundly hurt in an accident, contact Randy Sevenish, an Indianapolis catastrophic injury attorney. Attorney Randy Sevenish has 21 years of experience and excellent references. For a free consultation, call (800) 278-9200, or contact us online.