Catastrophic Personal Injury Defense

A catastrophic injury is a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain, and may also include skull or spinal fractures.

The most common causes of catastrophic injuries are motor vehicle accidents, construction site falls, medical malpractice, and intentional acts of violence. However, catastrophic injuries can arise in many different situations, including medical malpractice and premises liability.

As with other kinds of lawsuits, they are likely to include medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, and property damage. However, they also may include significant non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, permanent disability, disfigurement, and loss of consortium. The value of the non-economic damages may be higher because the injuries are catastrophic.


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