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What Does 'Catastrophic Injury' Mean?

At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., we focus our legal work upon helping clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries. In Colorado, if you or a loved one has been injured you may hear the term "catastrophic injury" used to describe the injuries sustained from another person's negligence.

We know how these types of injuries affect not only the victim, but also friends and family members. The costs associated with catastrophic injuries can easily amount to millions of dollars over the course of one's lifetime. You need an attorney with the experience to help you pursue full compensation for all current and future damages.

Even if there is no disagreement regarding liability, insurance companies fight hard to minimize their compensation to those injured by the negligence of others. It takes experience and knowhow to fight for what is right, and to seek the maximum compensation. Massive medical bills, lost careers, lost wages, lost earning potential, and a lifetime of pain and suffering are all aspects of a catastrophic injury. Our Colorado Springs accident lawyers will do everything possible to help you to seek justice and full compensation.

Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries

While Colorado statutes do not specifically define catastrophic injury, 42 U.S.C. § 3796 defines catastrophic injury as "an injury, the direct and proximate consequences of which permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work". Typical catastrophic injuries include, but are not limited to, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), amputations, serious burns, and disfigurement.

  • Spinal Cord Injuries: These can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia with permanent paralysis. Beyond the initial medical care required to treat these injuries, special equipment may be necessary to assist the victim eat, drink and/or breathe. Frequently, these injuries produce the inability to control bowel and bladder functions, a loss of sexual function, low or no mobility, and the need for a caretaker to help with personal hygiene.
  • Traumatic Brain Trauma: A hard blow to the head can cause serious injuries to the brain, resulting in loss of speech, hearing, vision, motor skills, and memory. Many victims have to spend months, even years, in rehabilitation relearning basic functions when possible. In some cases, a full recovery is not possible and the victim may have to turn to an in home health professional to assist in daily routines.
  • Burn Injuries: These devastating injuries, when not fatal, can result in a lifetime of continuous pain coupled with a permanently disfigured appearance. Deep scars can affect more than just a person's skin. Bones and joints can be seriously affected to the point that, in some cases, they may be pulled permanently out of alignment. A serious burn victim often faces a series of surgeries and skin grafts, all of which are painful, and can continue for several years.
  • Disfiguring Injuries: These types of injuries can limit a person both physically and mentally. Even small scars from injuries can cause deep embarrassment and emotional anguish. When disfigurement is prominent, it can markedly limit the person's ability to have relationships, hold a job, and lead a normal, happy life.

An Example of the Effects of a Devastating, Catastrophic Accident

The following scenario illustrates the devastating impact of a catastrophic injury.

Beth was on her way to pick up her daughter from school when a truck ran a red light and broadsided her car. The force of impact resulted in multiple injuries of a very serious nature. While she survived the serious impact, Beth suffered several broken bones, deep lacerations, and a spinal cord injury. Unfortunately the most serious injury, the spinal cord injury, left her paralyzed and facing a future fraught with challenges, difficulties, and ongoing medical issues.

Beth's life was drastically changed after the accident. As the medical bills continued to accrue, she could no longer afford the care necessary for her to rebuild her life. She needed quality legal help to ensure that she would be fairly compensated for her horrific injuries, which she incurred through no fault of her own.

Our Colorado Springs Legal Team Will Fight for Your Right to Fair Compensation

Contact the Colorado Springs catastrophic injury attorney at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. at (719) 475-2555, or email us today for a free consultation. We will review the facts in your case, answer your questions, and discuss your options for pursuing the compensation you need and greatly deserve. Call today.

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