catastrophic injuries

What is the Definition of a Catastrophic Injury?

Spinal cord injuries, numerous amputations, acute blindness, traumatic brain injuries, persistent disabilities, and severe burns are all examples of catastrophic injuries. And these are the kinds of injuries that frequently occur as a result of car accidents.

Catastrophic injuries are the most serious injuries a person may sustain. They have terrible consequences for both the injured and their families and loved ones. A catastrophic injury usually results in long-term disability, as well as extensive medical treatment and personal care.

It can be incredibly tough to negotiate a catastrophic injury claim. The injuries have a long-term impact on the lives and well-being of the victims. It’s vital that the damages sought be enough to recompense the injured party for the rest of their lives.

Catastrophic injuries can take many forms

Injury to the brain and head

Damage to the brain can have devastating repercussions. While the specifics vary depending on the circumstances and the extent of the damage, the following are some of the possible outcomes of a brain injury:

Affectation of the senses. (With regard to the senses of sight, smell, taste, and touch)
Health issues and disorders (such as tremors, weakness)
mental health issues (Examples include poor learning, poor thinking, memory loss, and inattention.)
Changes in personality and behaviour (fatigue, irritability, depression, post-traumatic behaviour changes)
Communication difficulties (speaking differently than before, slurred, or slow speech, trouble finding words or following speech)
Injuries to the spine

Image of a car accident
Car Accident; image courtesy of valtercirillo via Pixabay,
A spinal cord injury is defined as damage to the spinal cord that results in temporary or permanent changes in function (SCI). Possible symptoms include loss of muscle function, sensation, or autonomic function in areas of the body serviced by the spinal cord below the level of injury.

Nerve damage and irreversible paralysis can result from spinal cord injuries.


Amputation of a limb has a long-term and significant impact on a person’s life. It is one of the hardest, physically and mentally traumatic experiences a victim can have.

Severe burns and scars on the body

Body burns and scars are horrific incidents that can drastically

X-ray of a feet-on-dash car crash victim

Feet on Dashboard Accidents

Here is an excellent reminder why it is ALWAYS a terrible idea to ride in a car, or allow anyone to ride in a car with you, with feet on the dash.

Feet on dashboard accident injuries are ALWAYS horrific, ALWAYS life-changing, and ALWAYS end badly…even when everyone else in the accident walks away unscathed.

An X-Ray shared by police in Wales in the U.K. tells the devastating story of what can happen to passengers who ride with their feet up on the dashboard in the event of a crash.

The graphic image shows a broken femur and hip and a drastically dislocated other hip, likely caused by airbags going off during a collision, driving the passenger’s own legs back at her at speeds up to 350 km/h.

Authorities call the injuries “life-changing.”

So is the photo…

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