What are Some Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries?
Author: James McKiernan Lawyers
July 3rd, 2013
Santa Maria catastrophic injury lawyers work with families whose loved ones suffer serious injury because of someone else’s wrongdoing or negligence. When others are at fault,California law allows injury victims to recover compensation to deal with medical costs and other expenses related to the injury.
An injury rises to the level of catastrophic when it permanently prevents the individual from doing any gainful work. Some common severe injuries that fall into the catastrophic injury category include:
- Traumatic brain injury. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA), every year about 300,000 people who suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) require hospitalization and 99,000 experience permanent disability.
- Spinal cord injury. The Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care & Cure reports that there are approximately 12,000 new SCI cases every year. The number of individuals living with SCI in 2008 was about 259,000 persons.
- Amputation. TheNationalLimbLossInformationCenter indicated that approximately one out of every 200 people in theUnited States experiences amputation, totaling an estimated 1.7 million people with limb loss. Males are at a higher risk for amputations than women and amputations can occur as a result of accidents that cause serious injury, infection or disease.
- Extensive or deep burns. The American Burn Association reports that approximately 3,000 burn deaths occur every year from residential fires and 500 occur from causes such as occupational hazards, traffic accidents and other reasons. Overall, medical practitioners treat around 450,000 burn injuries a year.
Santa Maria injury attorneys can investigate the circumstances of your loved one’s or your catastrophic injury and determine the prospects of recovering compensation.
James McKiernan Lawyers provides excellent representation and has a successful track record for obtaining fair compensation for clients.