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Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries are defined as those which prohibit a victim from maintaining gainful employment. This means, if you suffer a catastrophic injury, you will be unable to work. Car accidents, commercial truck wrecks, construction site incidents, and other accidents can cause a catastrophic injury. Our firm has represented hundreds of injured clients, and are passionate about holding negligent parties liable in court.

There are several types of catastrophic injuries. These include:

  1. Accidental amputations
  2. Severe burn injuries
  3. Blindness
  4. Multiple bone fractures
  5. Traumatic or hypoxic brain injuries
  6. Partial or full paralysis
  7. Organ damage
  8. Spinal cord injuries

Severe Burn Injuries

While first and second-degree burns only affect the outer layers of skin and heal fairly quickly, more serious types of burns may result in permanent scarring and disfigurement. Third-degree burns affect both layers of skin, as well as the layer of fat underneath the skin. Fourth-degree burns affect not only the layers of skin and fat, but also the bones, muscles, and underlying tissues. Because these burns destroy the tissue and nerves, the victim may feel no pain. The burnt area may appear black or charred. Emergency medical treatment is necessary to treat these burns.

Severe burns over large portions of the body are counted as catastrophic injuries because of their long-term treatment process and permanent negative effects. Victims who survive may be permanently scarred or disfigured, and they may be numb in parts of their body. Furthermore, severe burns could lead to organ damage and the loss of a limb.

Traumatic or Hypoxic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when a sudden force is applied to a victim’s head, causing trauma to the brain. These injuries are very severe, and could lead to a host of permanent side effects, such as chronic pain, memory loss, depression, personality changes, and blurred vision.

Mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) could heal completely with adequate rest and anti-inflammatory medication. However, severe TBIs could cause permanent brain damage and alter the victim’s quality of life.

Hypoxic brain injuries occur when the oxygen supply to the brain is cut off. If your brain does not receive oxygen, it will begin to suffer permanent damage after just a few minutes. Victims may experience similar symptoms to those with a traumatic brain injury, depending on the extent of the brain damage.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries affect a victim’s nervous system, which controls the various signals that travel between the body and the brain. When this pathway is injured, the victim may suffer severe and permanent side effects. Paralysis of the lower limbs, known as paraplegia, and paralysis of all four limbs, known as quadriplegia, may occur. In addition, victims may suffer numbness or tingling in the arms and legs, as well as incontinence, chronic pain, and spasms, and reduced sensation.

These symptoms are often permanent, causing long-term pain and suffering. Furthermore, medical bills and the cost of making your home wheelchair accessible, on top of lost wages, could put you in a tough financial situation. It is important to file a claim to pursue justice from those responsible. Depending on the situation, you may be entitled to a settlement for medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, out-of-pocket expenses, and other damages.

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At Sico Hoelscher Harris & Braugh LLP, we represent clients who have been hurt by someone else’s negligent or reckless actions. Our Corpus Christi catastrophic injury attorneys has guided numerous clients to successful legal solutions. If you or a loved one have suffered a catastrophic injury, or another type of injury, we can help you seek justice from negligent parties. We will investigate the incident to gather evidence, and tenaciously represent you every step of the way.

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