What is a Catastrophic Injury?
Some personal injury cases are more devastating to the victim than others. Catastrophic injuries are the most serious of all and result in long-term or permanent impairment, disability, and / or disfigurement. The most common catastrophic injures include broken bones, severe burns, brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Broken bones can take weeks or months to heal enough for a victim to return to work, resulting in lost wages. Severe burns can require surgery and skin grafting and can cause permanent scars that affect the victim’s self-esteem. Brain and spinal cord injuries are by far the worst cases, however, because they can have such a catastrophic effect on a person’s life.
Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries
Bruises, puncture wounds, or lacerations of the brain can cause serious impairment to a victim. Severe concussions – also known as traumatic brain injuries – can cause bruising and swelling of the brain that restricts blood flow to the area, resulting in the death of brain cells. Common symptoms of such catastrophic injury include dizziness, nausea, unconsciousness, memory loss, reduced mental capacity, or a coma. Spinal cord injuries occur when the spinal cord is bruised, ruptured, or completely severed. Such injuries can result in temporary or permanent paralysis below the area of injury, restricting the mobility and lifestyle of the victim.
Contact Our El Paso Catastrophic Injury Lawyers Today
In cases that involve such serious injury, the damages can be ongoing. Many catastrophic injuries require regular treatment or continuing medical assistance for weeks, months, years, or permanently after the accident. Chavez Law Firm can provide an El Paso personal injury lawyer who will ensure that your damages are evaluated to their full extent, including all future or ongoing damages. Contact a lawyer right away to take part in a case evaluation and find out what we can do for you.