Catastrophic injuries impact hundreds of thousands of people each year in the United States. Victims may experience long-term health effects, including temporary or permanent disability, scarring or disfigurement, pain and suffering, and more. The impact of a catastrophic injury can be devastating for both the victim and his or her family – often leading to an inability to work, a loss of independence, and reduced quality of life.
The medical care costs required to achieve recovery can be significant – hospitalizations, surgeries, therapy and rehabilitation, and long-term care can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses. When negligence is involved in a catastrophic injury case, an experienced and proven attorney can help ensure that you secure justice and collect the maximum financial compensation you both need and deserve to make a recovery. While catastrophic injuries can result in lifelong damage, the top-rated lawyers at McKenzie Scott are dedicated to helping victims get the care and assistance they need to continue living with dignity.
Why Choose McKenzie Scott Catastrophic Injury Attorneys?
McKenzie Scott PC is a full-service catastrophic injury law firm with a team of experienced trial lawyers who have successfully handled a variety of case types on behalf of injured victims. Whether it’s a catastrophic injury caused by a government or corporate injustice, defective consumer product, unsafe pharmaceutical, or serious accident (car, train, helicopter, etc.), our team of attorneys is available to aggressively fight for justice on your behalf. We hold negligent parties responsible – regardless of how powerful they may seem. When regular people have been wronged and suffered catastrophic injuries as a result, we don’t back down and will fight for justice – even against negligent government or corporate entities.
What is Classified as a Catastrophic Injury?
Unlike a traditional personal injury, a catastrophic injury is defined in legalese as one that is severe enough to permanently impact a victim. Catastrophic injuries often lead to lifelong disabilities which may prevent a victim from being able to continue working. Permanent scarring or disfigurement as well as long-term pain and suffering can also commonly occur in catastrophic injury cases. The effects can be traumatic, often impacting a victim’s quality and enjoyment of life.
Additionally, the emotional and psychological impact of a catastrophic injury can be profound. Depression, anxiety, mental anguish, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are just some examples of the types of emotional distress that can occur after a catastrophic injury. Furthermore, the impact on the victim’s family and friends can be overwhelming.
Families may need to alter their routines to include regular caregiving for a catastrophic injury victim. When a tragic wrongful death occurs, the family may experience loss of affection, loss of consortium, loss of care, and more.
Due to the extensive impact of these types of injuries, civil claims can help victims secure justice through damages awards which are a means of holding the responsible party or parties accountable.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries cause severe damage. When an injury leads to a chance of not making a full recovery (e.g. paralysis or permanent disfigurement) it can be classified as catastrophic.
Some of the common types of catastrophic injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Paralysis, quadriplegia, or paraplegia
- Head or skull injuries
- Third-degree burns
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Temporary disability
- Permanent disability
- Long-term vision or hearing damage
- Organ damage
- Birth injuries
- Loss of limb/amputation
- Broken bones