Catastrophic Injuries

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A catastrophic injury usually refers to a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain, but such an injury can also include injuries to the extremities. Catastrophic injuries are generally classified based on three outcomes that are associated with them: fatality, injuries causing permanent or severe functional disability, and those injuries that cause severe head or neck trauma.

A fatal injury can be caused by direct trauma sustained in an accident such as a head-on collision or a fall during a construction accident, or it may occur indirectly. For example, someone can die as a result of a complication from a nonfatal catastrophic injury.

Aside from participation in athletics on the high school and collegiate levels, the most common causes of catastrophic injuries involving negligence include:

Whether the victim sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or a spinal cord injury in an accident, unfortunately, there are usually numerous secondary medical problems. Some of the cardiovascular complications associated with spinal cord injuries include deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and changes in cardiac function that injure the sympathetic nervous system.

With a traumatic brain injury, the effects can be profound. Severe TBIs can cause long-term unresponsive states, and even with a mild TBI the consequences on a person's life can be dramatic. Changes in brain function after a brain injury can have a major impact on a victim's family, job, social and community interactions for the rest of their life.

Life after a Catastrophic Injury

Life after a catastrophic injury can be very difficult.

The patient may require:

  • Architectural renovations to their home
  • The utilization of an adaptive van
  • Assistive technology and equipment including wheelchairs
  • Supervisory and nursing care
  • Medication and medical supplies such as catheters
  • Home care services
  • Surgical intervention
  • Rehabilitation services

If you or a loved one has sustained a catastrophic injury after being involved in an accident, we urge you to contact a Walla Walla personal injury attorney from Hess Law Office, PLLC. With over 45 years of combined experience, we are committed to helping you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible.

Contact our office today to arrange a free case evaluation by calling (509) 396-6598.

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