A catastrophic injury as defined by the American Medical Association involves a serious and debilitating injury to the spine, spinal cord or brain. Skull or spinal fractures might also fall under that definition as might loss of a limb, loss of an organ or severe burns. Rarely does a victim of a catastrophic injury return to full health. Given the nature and extent of the injury, they only reach maximum medical improvement. A catastrophic auto accident lawyer in Louisville will be needed to obtain maximized compensation in any auto accident.
Severe traumatic injuries are potentially fatal. They’re life changing events that call for long-term care and treatment and years of rehabilitation. Simple tasks that we take for granted like buttoning or even putting on a shirt become physical endeavors. Along with what the victim faces physically, his or her family must also survive financially. Here are a few types of catastrophic injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Those include motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents. Falls are the second leading cause, particularly with victims over 65 years of age. Sports injuries follow falls, and violent physical attacks follow sports injuries. Even a concussion can be characterized as a traumatic brain injury.
Spinal cord injuries
Most spinal cord injuries also occur as a result of a motor vehicle, bicycle or pedestrian accident. A small minority of victims are able to make a complete recovery, but that’s only if the spinal cord is bruised. A partially torn or completely severed spinal cord will leave a person with partial paralysis below the spinal level of the injury or quadriplegia with the inability to use any of the body’s limbs. Spinal fractures and dislocations resulting from accidents are common causes of spinal cord injuries. Some victims even need help breathing.
Flames or acids can penetrate a person’s skin and damage nerves, muscles and bones. Damage from third degree burns is unlikely to heal with time. A series of surgeries for third degree burns are usually necessary. Although nerves have been destroyed, burn victims are often sensitive to heat or cold. Scarred skin often restricts motion and the ability to sweat. Extensive rehabilitation is often required along with counseling for the psychological effects of severe burns.
Loss of an organ
High velocity impacts can cause organs to crash into each other, into body structures or both. Sometimes they’re penetrated by bones or foreign objects. Surgical errors are also known to cause the loss of an organ. Traumatic organ damage means surgery, therapy and lengthy rehabilitation.
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