When Does An Injury Qualify As Catastrophic?
In the world of civil suits, there are minor injury cases and major injury cases. Minor injuries are the kinds that you readily recover from, though you may miss work and incur medical costs. Soft-tissue injuries — bruises, strains, sprains and easily healed fractures — account for many of these cases.
Major injuries — often described as catastrophic — are the injuries one does not readily recover from. Serious injuries change your life permanently, wrecking your ability to return to work and often requiring medical assistance as long as you live. Since the damages are so much worse, the dollar amount recovered is much greater.
These are examples of catastrophic injuries we have obtained compensation for:
- Severe burns, arising from a motor vehicle crash, a building fire, a water heater failure, an exploding product or some other source
- Spinal cord injuries, including severed and disrupted spinal cords, resulting in paraplegia or quadriplegia
- Brain injuries, occurring when the brain is jarred within the skull — a frequent result of car collisions, falls, falling objects and explosions; this category also includes severe concussion and serious injury resulting in coma
- Lung injuries, including COPD, often caused by breathing bad air or toxic fumes
- Broken and crushed bones, from which full recovery does not occur
- Asbestos exposure, often from work sites, often resulting in cancer or mesothelioma
- Amputations, particularly of the limbs
The level of disability for all these catastrophic conditions varies from case to case. Most broken bone cases eventually heal, but may result in chronic pain for life. The worst injuries, short of fatal injuries, are those like traumatic brain injury that alter both physical and mental functioning, and may require a personal attendant for the rest of one’s life.
At Bashein & Bashein Company, L.P.A., our attorneys represent both major and minor injury cases. Our reputation for large settlements comes mainly from the successes we have had for clients and their families, who must deal for the rest of their lives with the effects of catastrophic injury,