Catastrophic Bodily Injury

Catastrophic bodily injuries go beyond the general type of injury that people commonly receive as a result of an accident. These injuries can leave you permanently disabled, living in excruciating pain, and unable to live your life independently. In addition to the physical and emotional loss that comes with a catastrophic injury, there is often significant financial loss associated with medical costs and lost wages. The sad truth is that many people suffer from catastrophic bodily injuries as a result of an accident caused by another party’s negligence.

At Live Oak Injury Law Group, we are dedicated to serving you to resolve your personal injury claim with a maximum recovery at a reasonable cost. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic bodily injury as the result of an accident, speak with a skilled personal injury attorney today. To learn more, read below, and schedule a free consultation.

What is a Catastrophic Bodily Injury?

A catastrophic bodily injury is a term used to describe an injury that is so severe that it impacts the individual for the rest of their life. This could be due to permanent disfigurement, a lifelong disability, or other consequences that result in the inability to live happily and independently. Catastrophic injuries often leave individuals incapable of working and creates a negative impact on their income for the rest of their lives.

Additionally, a catastrophic bodily injury is more likely to impact the victim’s family and close circle who may have to take time off work to be caregivers. It could also result in costs to the family such as physical therapy, special education for their children, live-in care, etc. Lastly, catastrophic bodily injuries often have a severe emotional impact on the victim. They could suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and other forms of emotional distress as a result of their injury.

What Are Examples of Catastrophic Bodily Injuries?

As mentioned above, catastrophic bodily injuries are permanent, lifelong injuries that impact victims.  Below, we’ve listed some examples of these injuries:

 

  • Skull injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Third or fourth degree burns
  • Loss of a limb
  • Loss of significant bodily function
  • Severe disfigurement
  • Injuries that require intense, long term care

How Do I Prove My Catastrophic Bodily Injury Case?

In order to prove your catastrophic personal injury claim, you often have to consider something called negligence. So, what is negligence? Negligence is when a party (usually an individual or some kind of entity) has a responsibility to care for the safety and wellbeing of others that they fail to carry out. When proving negligence, there are several factors that you must prove. Below, we’ve described these factors:

  1. A person’s legal obligation is called a Duty of Care. This means that you must prove that the other involved party had a legal obligation to you to act (or not act) in a way that would not cause harm to you or your property.
  2. Generally, a breach of duty is the type of negligence that occurs when a person or entity fails to take reasonable measures to preserve a standard of care. This means that the other party had a Duty of Care, and they breached this duty by failing to act in a way that preserved your safety.
  3. Causation is critical to linking the breach of duty to your injury and the negligent conduct of the other party. Generally, in California, a plaintiff must show that the negligent party caused, or was a significant factor in causing, the injury.
  4. Finally, the amount of damages that can be claimed by an injured person depends on the nature of the accident and its effects on the victim. You must be able to prove that your damages were a direct result or consequence of the other party failing to act

In the case of catastrophic bodily injuries, they are often the result of an accident due to another party’s negligence. Because of the severity of the consequences of these injuries, you should prioritize filing a personal injury claim so that you do not suffer alone.

If You Suffered a Catastrophic Bodily Injury as the Result of an Accident, Speak With a Personal Injury Attorney Today.

If you’ve suffered a catastrophic bodily injury, the at fault party should be held accountable for their negligent behavior. At Live Oak Injury Law Group, we know how stressful and scary it can be to suffer a severe personal injury. We are committed to getting you the maximum recovery you are entitled to under the law. Don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule a consultation with a skilled personal injury attorney from Live Oak Injury Law Group.