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What Makes an Injury Catastrophic?

Suffering an accident injury creates both financial and emotional hardships for the injured victim as well as their family. Suffering a catastrophic injury as the result of an accident magnifies these hardships. Though it does not have an official definition, catastrophic injury refers to severe injuries that require extensive treatment, cause much pain and suffering, and require long-term recovery. A catastrophic injury can be devastating to a victim’s lifestyle, job, family, and even independence. Though the severity of catastrophic injuries can vary, they are all life-altering.

Catastrophic injuries are caused by car accidents, truck accidents, defective products or equipment, sports accidents, toxic inhalation or exposure, airplane accidents, construction or other workplace accidents, train accidents, serious falls, and dangerous drugs. The actual injuries that may result from any of the aforementioned events can vary, but some examples of catastrophic injury include:

  • Loss of hearing or sight;
  • Loss of limb, or amputation injuries;
  • Brain injuries;
  • Head injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • 3rd degree burns;
  • Chronic illness; and
  • Multiple bone fractures.

Because catastrophic injuries are serious by definition, they are accompanied by a multitude of medical costs associated with surgeries, prescription medication, rehabilitation and other services. To top it off, a catastrophic injury victim, in most cases, is unable to work. If the victim’s health coverage does not cover all their medical expenses, then they can be left with mounting debt and emotional distress. A victim’s emotional and psychological well-being may also be jeopardized.

In order to make a full recovery, a catastrophic injury victim must be able to get the treatment they need. The dedicated Las Vegas catastrophic injury attorneys at Shook & Stone understand this, which is why we are committed to obtaining the compensation injured victims are entitled to. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury as the result of another’s negligence or wrongdoing in Nevada, our lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and options. Call us today at 702-570-0000 for a free consultation.


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