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What Injuries are Considered Catastrophic?

In the United States, several injuries are considered catastrophic. That means that the injured person will likely experience long-term or permanent disability. In some cases, the injury may even be fatal. If you have been injured and are unsure if your injury is catastrophic, here is a list of some common examples.

  1. Spinal Cord Injuries

The spinal cord is a vital part of the nervous system, and an injury to it can cause paralysis below the point of injury. In some cases, a spinal cord injury can even be fatal. There are many causes of spinal cord injuries, but they typically occur due to car accidents, falls, or sports-related injuries. Treatment for a spinal cord injury is often lengthy and expensive, and many patients never regain full use of their bodies. As a result, spinal cord injuries can have a profound and lasting impact on the injured person and their family.

  1. Traumatic Brain Injuries

A TBI can occur when the head is suddenly and violently jarred, causing the brain to collide with the skull. That can result in bruising, bleeding, or swelling of the brain, leading to lasting cognitive impairments, paralysis, and even death. Because of the potentially severe consequences of a TBI, they are considered catastrophic injuries. You may get compensation if you or a loved one has suffered a TBI because of negligence. The catastrophic injury attorneys at Finkelstein & Partners have extensive experience handling these complex cases and can fight for the compensation you deserve.

  1. Burns

Severe burns can be extremely painful and can cause disfiguration and permanent disability. They are often the result of car accidents, fires, or chemical explosions. Depending on the severity of the burns, they may require extensive medical treatment, including skin grafts and surgery. A severe burn leaves emotional and physical scars that last a lifetime, which is why they are considered catastrophic injuries.

  1. Amputations

The loss of a limb is a devastating injury that profoundly affects every aspect of the person’s life. An amputation can result from a car accident, work-related injury, or medical condition. Many amputees require extensive rehabilitation and may never be able to return to their previous level of function. As a result, amputations are often considered catastrophic injuries. 

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  1. Organ Damage

Organ damage is one of the most serious forms of injury that a person can suffer. While an accident could damage any organ, some organs are more vulnerable than others. The brain, lungs, and heart are all vital organs that require immediate medical attention if they are injured. Organ damage can be hard to recover from and may require extensive medical treatment. In addition, organ damage can lead to permanent disability or even death. As a result, insurance companies often consider organ damage to be a catastrophic injury.


These are just a few examples of injuries that are considered catastrophic. If you have been injured in an accident, it is important to get immediate medical attention. You should also contact a seasoned personal injury attorney to discuss your case and help you pursue compensation.

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Ritesh Kukreja

Ritesh Kukreja (Medical writer) Ritesh Kukreja (Medical writer) collaborates with health researchers, physicians, and other healthcare experts to create health blogs and online medical texts for instructional and informational reasons. He has a bachelor's degree in a medical discipline (B.Sc), MSc, and Ph.D. He has been writing extensively on various general and public health medical topics since 2015.

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