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Catastrophic Injury Guide: What They Are and Your Rights

Personal injury law encompasses a number of specific negligence-related incidents, such as car crashes, truck collisions, premises liability, and more. However, the law also categorizes the injuries that parties may sustain depending on how severe they are. The most severe injuries are considered catastrophic because they can significantly alter someone’s quality of life.

If you suffer a catastrophic injury, you deserve to have a lawyer on your side to safeguard your options. Your case may change, and our team at BD&J, PC will be here to help you understand what to expect moving forward. Below, we’ll explain what catastrophic injuries are and your options if someone causes you severe harm.

The most common catastrophic injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs
  • Spine and spinal cord injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Severe bone fractures

Traumatic Brain Injuries, or TBIs

Your brain is susceptible to damage in several different negligence-related incidents. Even the smallest impact can cause your brain to move around in your skull and cause a concussion. However, in the most severe situations, you can experience traumatic brain injuries that significantly impact your physical, mental, developmental, and sensory abilities.

When a TBI occurs, it can significantly impact your life. You might need to receive ongoing medical care, use specialized medical equipment, and undergo numerous procedures. Seeking compensation can help you following such a severe and traumatic experience.

Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries

A spine injury can involve broken vertebrae along your back. However, it can also involve damage to the nerves within the spinal cord that help control bodily function. As a result, many people who suffer spinal cord injuries experience some form of paralysis. Paralysis can significantly limit bodily function from the point of the injury and below.

A spine injury may never fully heal, and you might need multiple surgical procedures to improve your quality of life. Even then, you might require the use of a wheelchair to get around, making it imperative to seek compensation and hold the negligent party accountable.

Burn Injuries

Minor burns are very common. In fact, nearly everyone has experienced a first-degree burn from touching a hot item or because of sun exposure. However, there are other situations that can arise that cause more significant burns. Negligence or violence, such as distractions or arson, can result in people sustaining third- and fourth-degree burns.

The most severe burns can result in damage beneath the skin. For instance, a fourth-degree burn can completely char the impacted area, damaging nerves and causing numbness. Third-degree burns can be very painful and result in long-term problems. Burn injuries often impact a person’s mental state because of the cosmetic impact following a severe burn.

Severe Bone Fractures

The most severe broken bones can cause fragments to stick through the skin. This is an open fracture, leaving you susceptible to infection and other problems. Severe fractures require medical help as quickly as possible to prevent further damage. If not treated correctly, severe fractures can lead to further medical problems, pain, and more.

If someone else’s actions cause you to sustain a catastrophic injury, you deserve to seek compensation. Our team at BD&J, PC will be there to help you every step of the way. Trust that we’ll seek maximum compensation on your behalf and safeguard you through the complex legal process.

Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers have a long history of success. We put your best interests first and go above and beyond to hold negligence accountable. We’ll be your advocates and seek the most favorable outcome possible after you suffer severe harm because of someone else’s actions.