All personal injury attorneys know that injuries vary widely in severity. Some cases are so minimal that even the most professional lawyer will roll their eyes, whereas others involve truly catastrophic injuries. An injury is considered to be “catastrophic” if it has significant long-term effects. Motor vehicle accidents are generally the most common cause of these injuries, and they typically include extreme scarring or disfigurement, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), paralysis, and loss of limb(s).
No matter how they are caused, catastrophic injuries have an immense impact not only on the victim’s life, but also the lives of those around them, such as family and friends. These ailments are usually chronic and require constant care, which puts an immense strain on any relationship. Luckily for accident victims, Van Law Firm is always accepting new cases, especially those involving permanent injuries. Call our office nearest you today to learn more.
The Numbers Behind Catastrophic Injuries
Unfortunately, severe car accident injuries are more common than most think, especially when compared to the overall number of crash victims. According to data from the National Safety Council, in 2019 there were over 4.5 million reported car crash injuries around the country. Of those, over half (more than 2 million) of victims had injuries that were categorized as “severe.”
If a claimant’s injuries came as a result of another’s negligence, then he or she is certainly eligible to recover compensation after retaining an attorney. In fact, it is probably the best decision someone in that position can make, as the only number more shocking than the injury count is the collective treatment bill, which totals a cool $463 billion–with a B.
Beyond Car Accidents: Alternative Causes of Severe Injuries
Don’t be fooled–there are many other ways to sustain brutal injuries besides common car accidents. In fact, some might say that there are too many possibilities. Either way, a more complete list of potential injury causes will include:
Trucking accidents: Commercial trucks are huge and heavy, meaning that the accidents they cause are inherently more severe. Additionally, professional drivers work long hours on the roads, and can get dangerously exhausted. Or, even worse, they are under the influence of some substance in an effort to become more alert.
Motorcycle accidents: Motorbike riders are extremely vulnerable to injury given their utter lack of protection as well as the tendency for drivers not to see them.
Bus and transit accidents: Buses and other forms of transportation often cram dozens of passengers into a small area with little to no safety restraints. In addition, anybody on the receiving end of a bus or transit crash is likely not having a good day either.
Bicycle crashes: Similar to motorcycle riders, bike riders also have no protection and limited visibility. Furthermore, they are also frequently stuck having to navigate in and out of bike lanes, which is always a risk while on the road with actual motor vehicles.
Pedestrian and bystander accidents: If two-wheeled riders are at increased risk, then pedestrians and bystanders are certainly just as exposed–probably more so given the fact that they can’t roll away.
Athletic accidents: The popularity of contact sports, especially with children under 12, is increasingly becoming a leading cause of head and neck ailments such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Water accidents: Boats and jet skis travel at speeds that are higher than most may think, and when an accident occurs, riders are often flung into the water unexpectedly. Booze is a common lubricator for water activities, which never helps an accident scenario.
Fires and Blast accidents: Fires escalate extremely quickly and can engulf a home within minutes. Burns, smoke damage, and falling objects can all inflict life-changing injuries.
Different Types of Catastrophic Injuries
When most people envision extreme injuries, they picture the standard physical ones such as TBI, lost limbs, paralysis, etc. However, in personal injury, we constantly argue for internal or non-economic injuries, especially for head and brain injuries. Some severe internal injuries include:
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing
- Memory loss
- Severe mood swings
- Marked changes in personality
- General anger or irritability
Compensation Available to Accident Victims
When you make the decision to hire an attorney, you increase your chances of recovering maximum compensation. Victims can receive numerous kinds of reimbursement, including:
- Medical bills, both past and future
- Prescription costs
- Medical equipment such as ambulatory devices or hearing aides
- Long term care
- Loss of income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Contact Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
If you or someone you know has sustained a catastrophic injury due to the negligent behavior of another, don’t wait another minute in the hopes that things will just work themselves out. Instead, take charge of your rights and call the catastrophic injury attorneys from Van Law Firm today. With over 25 years of combined experience, there isn’t a case we can’t handle effectively. Call our office nearest you to hear more about how VLF can help.