Are Catastrophic Injury Claims & Personal Injury Claims the Same?

A personal injury can be serious, but for the most part, they’re temporary and allow you to get back to your normal life after a few weeks or months, such as a broken arm from a car accident or a sprained ankle from a slip and fall. But what happens when the injury is severe enough that it will change the rest of your life? Here’s what you need to know about catastrophic injury claims.

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A catastrophic injury claim falls under the personal injury umbrella, so they are related. However, catastrophic injury claims are reserved for survivors of horrendous injuries that require expensive medical operations and treatments and constant at-home assistance. A few examples of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
  • Amputations
  • Hearing or vision loss
  • Back injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Organ damage
  • Neurological disorders
  • Serious burn injuries

Catastrophic injuries can often put serious stress on the victim's family because they may need constant supervision or assistance for the rest of their lives, as well as a lifetime of rehabilitation and medical bills. For this reason, catastrophic injury settlements typically seek to compensate victims for these lifelong disabilities, which end up being pricier than your regular personal injury settlement. In addition, many people who suffer catastrophic injuries can never go back to work, so they require compensation for wages for the rest of their life, as opposed to a personal injury claim, which seeks money for a limited amount of time.

If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in an accident, you deserve compensation that will cover all of your losses, including medical bills, wages, and pain and suffering. Contact our experienced Tulsa catastrophic injury lawyers at Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC today.

Call our office at (918) 347-6456 or contact us online.

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