Although California has not statutorily defined what makes an injury “catastrophic,” some factors have been specified. These include long-term or permanent pain that is severe in nature, as well as the loss of a limb or organ. When an individual suffers a catastrophic injury, living life as normal is typically out of the question as their injury prevents them from working and having normal, healthy relationships.

If you’ve been injured, the personal injury attorneys at Pathway Law Firm, PC, can determine if your injury is catastrophic in nature and the amount of compensation you are entitled to receive.

Common Catastrophic Injuries

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is an injury that disrupts normal brain function and is usually caused by a violent blow, jolt, or bump to the head. TBIs are most commonly seen following a severe sports injury or car accident and can cause permanent disability.
  • Severe Burns: Severe third degree, or full-thickness, burns penetrate through tissue and muscle. They can appear waxy, white, or dark brown in color. They may even be raised and have a leathery texture. Treatment generally includes surgery to prevent severe scarring and contracture.
  • Paralysis: Paralysis is defined as the loss of control over, or strength in, a muscle or group of muscles. It causes a person to have a loss of feeling and movement in the affected area(s). Paralysis occurs when nerve signals to the brain, nerves, or spinal cord are interrupted due to some type of damage.
  • Accidental Amputations: Simply put, an accidental amputation is when a body part is accidentally cut off. It can refer to a whole body part, such as a leg, or a digit, such as a toe. Accidental amputations can result in a lifetime of disability and disfigurement.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries are generally caused by a traumatic blow to the spine. Symptoms depend on the amount of damage caused to the spine and can vary from paralysis from the neck down (tetraplegia), to weakness in the extremities.

Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

There are many ways in which a catastrophic injury can occur. Some of the most common include:

Contact Our California Catastrophic Injury Firm Today

If you or your loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, contact Pathway Law Firm, PC, today. We understand the pain and suffering associated with these types of injuries and provide the assertive representation you need to recover the compensation you deserve. Our clients are our priority, and we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And, as always, we don’t collect any money from you until your case successfully concludes in either a settlement or verdict through the courts.