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What’s the Difference Between a Catastrophic Injury Case & a Personal Injury Case?

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2017 | Catastrophic Injury

When it comes to injuries claims, the level of severity determines what type of claim can be filed. Although some injuries are only minor, more severe injuries can sometimes result in a person becoming permanently or temporarily disabled. Injury claims generally fall under 2 categories: personal injuries and catastrophic injuries. In this blog, we explain some of the differences between these two claims.

Common Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries occur fairly frequently. In fact, these types of injuries happen far more often than most people are aware of. Catastrophic injuries tend to require round-the-clock care and often prevent a person from performing or enjoying the activities they like most. Because catastrophic injuries typically require special accommodations, the financial payouts awarded in these cases is usually more substantial than a personal injury case award.

Examples of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Amputations
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of Hearing or Vision
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Severe Burns
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

Compensation for catastrophic injuries is meant to cover more than just medical expenses. Damage awards are supposed to make up for a lifetime of lost earnings, future medical bills, ongoing treatment or therapy, and emotional/ physical pain and suffering.

As discussed above, the consequences of a catastrophic injury can impact a person’s entire life. Survivors of these injuries tend to need in-home assistance, as well as expensive medical operations or treatment plans. In many cases, a person who has suffered a catastrophic injury is unable to return to work because of how debilitating their injuries are. Without being able to partake in meaningful work, many people with catastrophic injuries begin to lose their sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Have you or a loved one experienced a catastrophic injury? At Langer & Langer, we have 100+ years of combined legal experience and we know what to expect in these kind of cases. Let us put our skills to work for you today.

Contact our Indiana team of catastrophic injury attorneys to get started on your case.