Serious catastrophic injuries sustained in a car accident can be debilitating and even life-changing. Some injuries may require years of medical aid, multiple surgeries, and an inability to return to work. Let’s look at some of the different types of catastrophic injury.
Types of Serious or Catastrophic Injuries
- Brain injuries – The brain is delicate and important. There are many different levels of brain injury. These include mild to severe concussions, post traumatic amnesia, hematoma, and edema. After some brain injuries a person may never be the same again.
- Spinal cord injuries – These injuries may stem from a sudden, traumatic blow to your spine fracturing, dislocating, crushing, or compressing one or more of your vertebrae. Additional damage usually occurs over days or weeks due to bleeding, swelling, and fluid accumulation of fluid in and around your spinal cord. These injuries can lead to paralysis.
- Disfigurement and Scarring – Lacerations and/or burns sustained during a car accident will most likely lead to some level of scarring or disfigurement. These injuries can severely effect the victim physically and emotionally, and require extensive medical treatment including surgeries.
- Severe Fractures – Fractured or broken bones can be severe and debilitating. Compound fractures (when the bones pierces the skin) and comminuted fractures (when the bones breaks in several places) can be life-changing, leaving the victim crippled.
Many of these catastrophic injuries will require ongoing medical treatment at significant costs. The recovery times vary, and will most likely have a long-term impact on the victim’s capacity to work or live a normal life.
If you or a loved one have a severe or catastrophic injury from a car accident due to somebody else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact us to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.
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