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Life unfolds differently for everyone. Some will have a relatively easy life, with few tragedies and little chaos, while others may face a life riffled with hardship.
In many cases, hardships help us strengthen ourselves and show us that, even when things are bad, they could usually be worse.
But in some cases, there is no “getting through it” and there is no happy ending. In a situation where you or a loved one experience a catastrophic injury, you may not be able to live your life as you did before.
In the worst cases, you or your family member may lose the ability to work and/or require full-time medical care.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
A catastrophic injury can be defined as a permanently disabling event that prevents an individual from being gainfully employed going forward.
There are many things that can be categorized as catastrophic injuries, depending on the circumstances. Illnesses caused by working conditions, job-site injuries, and accidents could all be potentially classified as catastrophic.
Common catastrophic injuries can include, but are not limited to:
- Vision/eye loss
- Hearing loss
- Bone, ligament, or disc injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Psychological disorders resulting from trauma
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Amputation or loss of limb
- Internal organ damage
- Fatal Injuries
Commons Causes of Catastrophic Injuries
A catastrophic injury can be the result of negligence or an accident. It depends largely on the details of the situation, how, when, where, and why the injury occurred, among other factors. It stands to reason then, that any injury has the potential to be labeled as catastrophic, whether it was the result of violence or a simple mistake.
Some of the common causes of catastrophic injuries are:
- Firearm or knife wounds
- Unsafe structures or properties
- Defective products
- Sport Accidents
- Auto accidents caused by cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians
- Exposure to toxic chemicals or the elements
- Medical malpractice or negligence
- Blunt force trauma
- Violent acts (abuse, assault, etc.)
Taking Precautions Against Catastrophic Injuries
While you cannot be prepared for every situation, you can use common sense awareness to your advantage. Being aware of the people and things around you can help prevent some injuries, like slips, falls, and even certain sports accidents.
You can take some small precautions, like:
- Trusting your companions
- Being on the lookout for unsafe structures, bad construction, or poor maintenance that could result in an injury
- Inspecting machines and vehicle before use
- Using equipment per the manufacturer’s instructions
- Observing your surroundings and other players wile playing sports
- Employing good gun safety practices
- Practicing defensive driving
- Using any kind of vehicle how, when, and where it was designed to be used
These things are all good and well, but unfortunately they cannot prevent an accident from being caused by another person. Humans are unpredictable creatures and there is no sure way of knowing whether or not another person could cause you harm. The thing is, negligence is something that can be intentional or unintentional.
Even though a catastrophic injury could be caused intentionally, in most cases they are unintentional and accidental.
While there is no excuse for negligence, everyone does something thoughtless from time to time. Being prepared for the worst can be your best line of defense when a catastrophic injury or illness happens to you or your loved one.
How Hagelgans and Veronis Can Help
A catastrophic injury can cause emotional, physical, and mental pain for any family. You may not be able to support yourself or your family, and then what happens?
Dealing with this kind of situation can become overwhelming very quickly, and it can be hard to see which is the right path to take. Having the help of a seasoned catastrophic injury lawyer can ease some of the burden you may feel after a tragedy.
You may be dealing with hospital bills and loss of income, or you may be dealing with funeral expenses and the loss of a loved one.
No matter what your situation, you don’t deserve to suffer financially on top of everything else. Money will never fill the hole left by loss, but it can help you put yourself in a better place to move forward.