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What is Considered a Catastrophic Injury?

What is Considered a Catastrophic Injury?

Accidental injuries can range from cuts and bruises to fatal organ damage and everything in between. Just because an injury is non-fatal, however, does not mean that it will not have life-altering effects. Many accidental injuries are categorized as “catastrophic,” which means the injury causes permanent loss and/or of function of a body part, or it affects the victim’s brain or spinal cord - the core parts of the body that regulate everyday functioning.

Catastrophic injuries can happen in many ways, and they can result in a lifetime of medical costs and losses for victims. It is always important for injury victims to discuss their rights with attorney David C. Chavez, an experienced trial lawyer in catastrophic injury.

Common Catastrophic Injuries

While many injuries are severe enough to be considered catastrophic, the following are some common examples.

Traumatic Brain Injury

When someone suffers a head trauma, they may sustain damage to the brain tissue, which is called a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These are common in traffic accidents, falls, and other types of accidents. Severe TBIs often cause a victim to be unconscious for days or weeks and, when they wake up, they will likely have permanent cognitive, physical, and/or behavioral impairments as a result of the brain damage.

Spinal Cord Injury

Any trauma to the spinal cord can cause serious damage to this vital part of the body. When someone sustains a complete spinal cord injury, it permanently cuts off the signals from the brain to the body below the injury, leaving the victim permanently paralyzed. This includes loss of movement, loss of sensory abilities, and sometimes loss of organ function.

Amputations/Loss of Limb

Some accidents can cause traumatic loss of a body part, while others result in injuries that require surgical amputation. Some commonly amputated body parts include finger digits, extremities, limbs, ears, eyes, and more. Losing any body part can permanently change your abilities and the way you live your life.


Third and fourth-degree burns are some of the most painful and damaging injuries possible. Victims of serious burns often sustain permanent disfigurement, and they may require surgical amputations or lose the use of the parts of their body most inflicted. Not only can the burn recovery process be excruciatingly painful, but victims often live with lifelong impairments.

After a Catastrophic Injury

The losses from a catastrophic injury can keep adding up for the rest of your life. If you think that someone else was at fault for your injuries, you may have the right to seek full compensation for your past and future losses. Such losses can include:

● Past and future medical expenses

● Past and future lost income

● Physical and mental pain and suffering

● Permanent injuries

● Permanent disfigurement

● Loss of household services

● Loss of enjoyment of life

● Hedonic damages

● Loss of consortium

Contact David C. Chavez Law Firm, an experienced Catastrophic Injury Law Firm with a proven record of success for our clients.

We have represented clients who have had 3 million plus in medical treatment costs with over 11 million in future medical costs as developed by a Life Care Planner Expert. We have the experience, personnel, expertise and knowledge to maximize your recovery.

At David C. Chavez Law Firm, we are not hesitant to take on the tough cases involving catastrophic injuries and permanent disabilities against multibillion dollar corporations. We know how to fight for the compensation you deserve, so call 505-865-9696 or contact us online for a free consultation today.

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