Catastrophic is defined by such terms as life-altering, disastrous and conclusive. Catastrophic injuries are typically related to traumatic brain or bodily injury from which an individual never fully recovers. In the real world, catastrophic injury cases do not fall on some type of scale, and no one is equipped to judge the sacrifices and challenges an individual will subsequently have to endure. This is so true of catastrophic injuries to the senses such as sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste. The impact can be vast.
Catastrophic loss of senses can occur as a result of surgical mistakes, brain trauma, anesthesia errors, chemical exposure, explosions and more.
- Loss of eyesight
- Loss of hearing
- Loss of smell
- Loss of taste
- Loss of touch
Medical professionals and other negligent parties may lead a victim to believe that the loss of ones senses was an expected, and acceptable outcome, but in many scenarios that is simply not the case. While many of us are guilty of taking our very basic senses for granted, the damage or loss can be overwhelming. Think of all of the things we do and rely on by using our senses. Without them, life will be forever changed. The type of work we do, how we care for our families, driving, and other common aspects of daily life may all be effected.
If the damage or complete loss of senses is the direct result of an injury, accident or negligence, you may be entitled to receive monetary compensation. Current and future medical expenses, lost wages and pain should all be adequately compensated. The loss or damage to your senses will impact the rest of your life, and it is important that negligent parties be held accountable.