On many personal injury lawyers’ websites (including ours), you will see several references to the term “catastrophic injury.” Over the years, we have come to learn that, while people are generally familiar with the terms “catastrophic” and “injury” when used separately, they are confused what exactly they mean when they are put together. When is an injury considered catastrophic? Is my injury catastrophic enough to seek a financial recovery? These are common questions, and you are not alone if you are unsure of your rights after being involved in a traumatic accident.
Defining the Term “Catastrophic Injury”
In general terms, a catastrophic injury is any injury that has the potential to result in serious long-term or permanent effects. Cuts, bruises, and minor sprains – injuries that can heal within a week or so without medical intervention – would not be considered catastrophic. However, if a severe laceration requires stitches and leaves a permanent scar, or if a sprain is bad enough to require surgery (usually referred to as a “tear”), then it may fall into the category of a catastrophic injury.
While there is no precise definition of what constitutes a catastrophic injury, the following types of injuries are all generally considered catastrophic:
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries resulting in scarring or disfigurement
- Lacerations requiring many sutures or stitches
- Organ damage and other internal injuries requiring surgery
- Spinal cord injuries
- Sprains, strains, and tears that require surgery
- Traumatic brain injuries (including concussions)
- Other disabling injuries and injuries requiring surgical repair
Have You Been Diagnosed with a Catastrophic Injury?
If you have been injured in an accident, you do not need to be concerned with trying to categorize your injuries. All you need to know is this: If you were injured and someone else was to blame, under Florida law you may be entitled to financial compensation. You should seek a medical diagnosis right away (if you have not done so already), you should carefully follow your doctor’s advice, and you should speak with an attorney who can help you understand the full extent of your injury-related losses.
Personal Injury Law 101
We appreciate that you are seeking answers your accident, and we want to help you make informed decisions protecting your legal rights. For more information, we encourage you to read:
- Common Plaintiff Mistakes Made Immediately After a Serious Accident
- Essential Components of an Injury and Symptom Diary for Your Case
- Five Important Questions to Ask When Choosing a Personal Injury Attorney
- Seven Key Parts of Your Personal Injury Claim
- Tips for Working Effectively with Your Personal Injury Attorney
You can find even more answers in our Video FAQs, and of course you can 24/7 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Now
To schedule your free initial consultation at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, call our Palm Beach County Law Offices at 561.202.MORE(6673). We work side-by-side with our clients to help then Demand More® for their injuries, and when you choose you can expect to receive the VIP treatment you deserve. Delays can jeopardize your legal rights, put our team on your side today.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is not intended, and must not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. If you need advice on specific legal issues, please consult with a licensed Personal Injury attorney.