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What Is Considered a Catastrophic Injury?

Not all accidents are the same, and the consequences of an accident aren’t always the same. Some accidents, sadly, cause the sort of life-changing damages no one plans for. 

In the aftermath of a severe accident, you may be considering the possibility of pursuing civil remedies from the at-fault party. Having an idea of the true value of your claim may be difficult to calculate on your own, especially when catastrophic injuries mean potentially lifelong consequences. If you’re wondering what is considered a lifelong injury, check out some considerations below. 

Injuries Generally Considered Catastrophic

When a severe accident occurs, the injuries can be debilitating or even deadly. Filing a claim against the people or parties responsible for your losses could help you receive financial compensation. Some elements of a successful personal injury claim include establishing duty of care, negligence, and that actual damages occurred. 

The stakes in a personal injury case are raised when your injuries are considered catastrophic. Although there’s a set definition of what exactly constitutes a catastrophic injury, some injuries that might be considered as such include:

  • Spinal cord injuries, especially those that lead to paralysis or nervous system consequences
  • Severe brain damage or traumatic brain injury
  • Amputation of limbs
  • Severe burns
  • Death

When a catastrophic accident leads to a debilitating injury, this reality could be reflected in the types of damages awarded to the victim. For example, when an injury leads to the realistic expectation that there will be a lifelong loss of income, this fact will likely lead to a greater settlement. 

Similarly, personal injury or wrongful death cases involving extreme pain and suffering or gross negligence may also lead to higher than usual settlement figures or jury awards.

Accidents Often Leading to Catastrophic Injury

Many different types of accidents can cause catastrophic injury. Some of the more common could include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slips-and-falls, either at work or in other circumstances
  • Sports accidents, such as those that can be suffered by skiers, divers, or football players
  • Medical malpractice accidents

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim for Catastrophic Injury?

In California, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims is generally two years from the date of the accident. Filing a claim after the two-year window has closed may have the unfortunate consequence of a judge barring your claim.

If you’ve been injured in a catastrophic accident, an experienced San Diego lawyer can help you get your life back. 

Contact a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer in San Diego

Accidents happen, but when the carelessness of another causes profound consequences in your life, it’s your right to file a claim for damages. At The Kindley Law Firm, APC, we’re backed by the results and experience necessary to tackle your personal injury claim, and we will work diligently in pursuit of a maximum settlement for you and your family.

We offer free consultations. Call 619-550-1313 or fill out the form below to get in touch with a San Diego catastrophic injury lawyer from our firm today. 

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