Some injuries are so severe as to be termed “catastrophic.” In the context of personal injury law, the term “catastrophic injury” typically refers to an injury that results in long-term functional disability. In many instances, these injuries have a profound effect on a person’s day-to-day life and even keep them from being able to live without 24-hour medical care. As a result, people who sustain catastrophic injuries in accidents caused by the negligence of others are often legally entitled to significant compensation under Connecticut law.
Virtually any type of accident that can result in physical injury can also result in a catastrophic injury – even those that initially seem minor. For example, even a basic slip and fall incident could result in a traumatic brain injury if the victim hits his or her head on a sharp object or with sufficient force. That being said, there are certain types of accidents that tend to cause catastrophic injuries much more often than others. These include the following:
There are a number of injuries that could be considered catastrophic. In many of these cases, these injuries are only catastrophic if they are of sufficient severity. For example, while a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, they typically resolve within a matter of weeks and do not result in significant long-term complications. Severe TBIs, on the other hand, have the potential to leave victims with long-term physical or cognitive problems, firmly putting them into the “catastrophic injury” category. Some other examples of the kinds of injuries that can be catastrophic include the following:
In Connecticut, people who are injured in accidents caused by the negligence of others are legally entitled to compensation for their losses. Importantly, they can seek compensation for their current and future economic and non-economic damages. In a catastrophic injury case, this usually means that victims are seeking compensation for a lifetime of losses, including loss of quality of life, ongoing medical care, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. It should come as no surprise, then, that catastrophic injury cases often involve tremendous sums of money and are highly contested by insurance companies who are liable for the negligence of their policyholders. Consequently, it is important for anyone that has sustained a catastrophic injury to contact an attorney as soon as they can to protect their legal rights.
A catastrophic injury will affect you for the rest of your life. For this reason, if your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you will likely be able to recover significant financial compensation. To schedule a free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney in Stamford, call our office today at 203-348-2465 or send us an email through our online contact form.