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The Severity of Catastrophic Injuries in Massachusetts

Have you suffered a severe injury as a result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligent behavior? Catastrophic injuries are the very worst kind and occur too often in Massachusetts. When they do, there’s help for victims seeking compensation.

Our Burlington personal injury lawyers have more than a decade of experience in acquiring compensation for our clients with head, neck, and spine injuries and are not afraid to fight for your rights and best interest. Contact DiBella Law Offices, P.C. online to discuss your case.

What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

Catastrophic injuries are different from other types of injuries sustained from accidents because they have consequences that will remain with the person for the rest of his or her life. Because catastrophic injuries can involve the loss of a limb, paraplegia, or severe head injuries, victims of catastrophic injuries often cannot return to work, or even care for themselves.

Causes of Catastrophic Injury

The most common causes of catastrophic injuries are motor vehicle accidents including car, truck, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents. However, there are others, including:

Any time an injury is caused due to the negligent, violent, or reckless acts of others, the injured individual may have a valid catastrophic injury claim.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries, which can have overwhelming treatment costs
  • Paralysis; either paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • Nerve damage

In some cases injuries may not be life-threatening but they are life-altering, and so they can still be considered catastrophic. A common example of this is when muscles, tendons, or ligaments that are attached to the bone are torn, stretched, or bruised.

Some common situations with muscle, tendon, or ligament injury include:

  • Whiplash sustained during car and truck collisions
  • Compression injuries caused by falling object at a store or construction site
  • Bruising of muscles and tears to connective tissues of joints after a slip and fall accident
  • Contusions, lacerations, and scarring from an assault in a public place
  • Dislocated and damaged joints from a hard impact sustained in a motorcycle crash

When these injuries occur, victims may be able to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for both financial losses and emotional trauma.

Compensation for Catastrophic Injury

As the most severe types of injuries, catastrophic injuries are also the most costly to treat. Those costs can be ongoing for the rest of a victim’s life. While cases do vary, the compensation that is typically sought for catastrophic injury covers:

  • Medical expenses: Spinal cord injuries, head injuries, and TBIs can all require extensive hospital stays and costly treatments.
  • Long-term medical expenses: Victims suffering severe injuries often need constant care and long-term support after their accident.
  • Lost wages: Victims won’t be able to return to work immediately following the accident, and they often can’t return to work for several years (if ever) after their accident.
  • Home alterations: Victims are sometimes rendered unable to perform the tasks they once did at home without some help in the form of additional railings, chair lifts, wheelchairs, and ramps.
  • Pain and suffering: Recovery can be lengthy and painful after a catastrophic injury, and victims are often left with pain and emotional scarring for a long time afterward.

While financial compensation can never fully make up for trauma, it can help victims cope.

Catastrophic injuries greatly impact a victim and family, and the consequences can last a lifetime. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, contact DiBella Law Offices, P.C., today at (781) 262-3338. We are prepared to set up a free consultation at our Burlington office in Massachusetts to discuss your options for recovering costs associated with your injuries.