As their name implies, a catastrophic injury is an injury that has particularly
devastating consequences. When you suffer a catastrophic injury, it’s
highly likely that your life may never return to normal, since you’ll
probably have suffered permanent, debilitating damage. But what exactly
makes an injury “catastrophic?” Let’s take a closer
look at this designation and determine what exactly it means.
Catastrophic Injury Definition
One of the most widely-accepted definitions for a “catastrophic injury”
is an injury that permanently prevents someone from being able to perform
any gainful work ever again. In other words, this is an injury that is
so severe and so impactful, that the person who sustains it cannot work
in any way that they could reasonably expect to make a living ever again.
This is particularly devastating because those who suffer these injuries
also usually sustain heavy losses in the form of medical treatments, lost
income, and more.
There is also often heavy emotional damage as well. Those who suffer catastrophic
injuries often lose their sense of purpose that they got from their job
and completing gainful work. Others suffer painful physical or even cognitive
damage that can not only result in emotional damage but can sometimes
prevent them from performing even basic functions. Those who have suffered
traumatic brain damage may find it difficult to remember things they once
loved or even the faces of their loved ones.
In most cases, injuries like this that are suffered while on the job usually
result in permanent total disability awards since the injured individual
won’t be able to gainfully work ever again. Non-work injuries can
also lead to major awards, but in both cases you need an attorney on your
side since the party responsible for paying will likely do everything
in their power to try to disprove your condition and reduce or eliminate
their liability for your injuries.
What Can You Do?
If you or a loved one have suffered a catastrophic injury, there are options
available to you. When you suffer damages, particularly damages to the
immense degree that catastrophic injuries can carry, you have the ability
to pursue compensation for them. However, because justice isn’t
always given, it’s strongly advised you speak with an Austin personal
injury lawyer about your case before proceeding. An attorney can make
sure your rights are preserved while you also receive the proper compensation
for the value of your case.
For more information or to speak to an attorney about your situation,
call The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC today at (512) 271-5112!