Although many personal injury claims involve serious injuries, “catastrophic injury”refers to injuries which leave the victim with lifelong damage or severe, long-term consequences. If a personal injury is considered catastrophic, a victim may recover significantly more compensation to cover these lifelong changes.
Most people think of spinal cord injuries or severe burns as catastrophic injuries, but the term can refer to many other types of injury. Read on for an overview of what catastrophic injuries entail.
When is an injury considered catastrophic?
Catastrophic injuries are typically defined by their severity. It’s the difference between breaking an arm and losing one: the injury is permanent and significantly impacts the victim’s way of life. Common catastrophic injuries include:
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
- Severe burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Facial injury
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neurological damage
- Crush injuries
- Severe birth injuries
- Internal organ damage
Typically, the type of accident does not define whether an injury is catastrophic. However, the victim’s potential negligence may factor into whether they bear any legal responsibility for their injuries. For example, car accidents can result in catastrophic injuries. If the victim was speeding at the time of the accident, they may bear some fault—even if the other driver was the primary cause.
Compensation for catastrophic injuries
Because the damage from a catastrophic injury is so severe, the expenses and suffering associated with them are significantly higher. Successful claimants may recover damages, including:
- Past, current and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental health treatment and counseling
- Home healthcare or personal care attendants
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Lost wages
Unlike regular personal injury cases, Ohio does not put a cap on noneconomic damages like pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life. Plaintiffs may recover more in damages because their injuries have such severe, lifelong effects.
What to do if you suffer a catastrophic injury
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, it’s crucial you contact an experienced personal injury firm like the Law Offices of Tim Misny. Don’t rely on an insurance payout, since insurance companies have a vested interest in paying as little as possible. Furthermore, Ohio has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims. That time can pass quickly, especially when you’re focused on recovery. Call us as soon as your medical condition is stable, so we can fight to get the compensation you deserve.
Discuss your claim with an Ohio catastrophic injury lawyer today
The Law Offices of Tim Misny can help you with your catastrophic injury case. When you’re the victim of negligence or recklessness, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at (877) 944-4373 so that I can evaluate your case right away.