Catastrophic Injuries vs. Personal Injuries: How is My Case Different?
After an accident, the injuries you have sustained can greatly vary. The severity of your injuries, types of injuries you have, and the impact your injuries have on your day-to-day life are important factors in any injury claim. Depending on how seriously you were injured, you may find that you are facing permanent or temporary disability. If you are planning to file a personal injury claim, you should understand the differences between catastrophic injury claims and personal injury claims.
Injuries that lead to personal injury claims may be very serious, but they often are temporary. Often, the victims of these injuries are able to make a full and complete recovery, or recover nearly completely. Victims should be able to return to their daily lives and work after their recovery, and should experience few or no lingering effects from their injuries. Personal injuries can also include emotional and psychological injuries, such as depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, insomnia, and panic attacks.
In the most severe accidents, it is possible that the victim will be injured in ways that will affect them for many years to come. Catastrophic injuries are debilitating. Many sufferers will never return to their usual function and will experience significant life changes. These injuries will often require extensive treatment, including multiple surgeries, lengthy hospital stays, in-home nursing or assistance service. If the injury is disabling, the victim may also require accessibility equipment and other changes made in their home and workplace.
Catastrophic injuries include:
- Burn injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Hearing loss
- Vision loss
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Orthopedic injuries
Because of the disabling nature of many catastrophic injuries, it is highly likely that injured victims will be unable to return to work, or work in their previous capacity. It is possible that they may require accommodations in every part of their lives. This can lead to significant expense, singe retrofitting a home and other areas of their life can be costly. If it is impossible to make their home or vehicle accessible, there may be additional costs involved with moving or purchasing a new vehicle. If they are unable to return to their position at work, serious financial harm may be yet another damage of the accident.
If you’ve been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact our Toledo personal injury attorneys. You deserve compensation that fully covers all damages, including your wages, medical expenses, future income, and pain and suffering. Let our team at Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A. fight on your behalf to ensure that your rights are protected.
Discuss your case with our legal team by scheduling a free consultation. Call (419) 318-0772 or contact our team online to get started.