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What Are Catastrophic Injuries?

Any injury that you suffer can be difficult to endure. Some injuries, however, are worse than others. In personal injury law, the worst injuries are referred to as catastrophic because they can have such a significant impact on someone’s life. If you suffer a catastrophic injury, you may require ongoing care, specialized medical equipment, and several procedures.

Whenever someone’s negligence causes you to suffer a catastrophic injury, you should know your rights to pursue compensation. Because these are some of the most damaging injuries, you can seek maximum compensation for the physical and emotional trauma you sustain.

These are the most common catastrophic injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Severely broken bones

Call our firm today at (800) 504-0281 if you suffer catastrophic injuries because of someone else’s negligence.

Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can create some of the worst damages. Most brain injuries stem from mild to severe. Mild injuries can include concussions. However, the most severe injuries can lead to lifelong seizures and other problems. While mild brain injuries can often heal over time, the most severe may have no treatment options available.

Brain injuries can occur because of car crashes, slip and falls, motorcycle collisions, acts of violence, and more. In any case, if you suffer a brain injury, you should seek compensation for the damages you sustain.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can often occur once you suffer trauma to your back or neck. The nerves in the spinal cord are vital to motor function and movement. When damage occurs, it can disable your motor function completely, leaving you paralyzed.

Two of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include slip and fall accidents, crashes, and assaults. These are some of the most severe injuries and cause lifelong trauma.

Burn Injuries

There are several reasons a burn injury may occur. For instance, you may be sitting in a restaurant when a waiter carrying hot coffee passes by and spills it on you. In another situation, you may suffer a burn injury because of a large fire caused by arson or a car crash. If you’re in a motorcycle accident, you may suffer road rash (which is actually a friction burn).

These are the different degrees of burn injuries:

  • First-degree burns: First-degree burns cause redness and pain, but you typically won’t experience long-term damage.
  • Second-degree burns: Second-degree burns impact your epidermis and dermis (first and lower layer of skin). When this burn occurs, your skin may blister and swell, becoming very painful.
  • Third-degree burns: These burns destroy your layers of skin and can even impact your tissue. The area where you suffer the burn can change colors, either looking charred or white.
  • Fourth-degree burns: These are the worst of the worst. They can damage deeper tissues, bones, and muscles. These types of burns can burn and destroy nerve endings, causing complete numbness in the burn area.

Severely Broken Bones

The most severe fractures can significantly impact your life. Open fractures are some of the most catastrophic because the bone breaks and protrudes out of your skin. It’s much more difficult to surgically repair this injury, and there’s a risk of infection and other problems that can lead to amputation. Car accidents are some of the leading causes of severely broken bones.

If you suffer a catastrophic injury because of negligence, you deserve the right to pursue maximum compensation and hold the responsible party accountable. Our goal is to safeguard your rights and protect you from insurance adjusters who try to take advantage of your vulnerable situation.

At GoldenbergLaw, PLLC, our Minneapolis personal injury attorneys commit to you and your goals. Let us give you a voice and put your best interests first when it matters most. We’re here for you every step of the way and will stand in your corner.

Call our firm at (800) 504-0281 today.

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