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What is a Catastrophic Injury?

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on August 1, 2011

One of the main contributing factors in determining the value of an injury claim is the extent of the injuries suffered. In general, a catastrophic injury will result in a larger settlement than a moderate or even a serious injury. So, what makes an injury catastrophic?

A catastrophic injury is life changing and permanent in nature. Catastrophic injuries suffered in Arizona car accidents, for example, may result in a permanent loss of mental or physical ability. Perhaps the most serious types of catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries and substantial burn injuries. There are, however, a number of other serious injuries that may be classified as catastrophic.

Accidents that result in permanent eye injuries or injuries that cause loss of hearing are considered catastrophic because they can seriously affect the quality of an individual’s life. Similarly, multiple bone fractures and amputations in Arizona are considered catastrophic because the victim’s life rarely returns “back to normal” or to the pre-accident state.

Receiving compensation for a catastrophic injury is not easy and it often requires help and guidance from a skilled Arizona personal injury attorney. Because a settlement for a catastrophic injury claim is typically substantial, insurance companies often deny such claims or offer an inadequate settlement to make the case go away. It is also tricky to determine the value of a claim involving catastrophic injuries because one must take into account loss of future income, loss of ability to earn a livelihood, loss of life’s enjoyment and cost of future care and treatment. These values can be rather challenging to calculate.

The Arizona catastrophic injury attorneys at The Breyer Law Offices P.C help injured victims pursue damages such as medical bills, past and future suffering, prescription drug costs, lost wages, disability and rehabilitation fees. Our reputed Arizona personal injury attorneys know how to hold at-fault parties accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic or permanent injury, please call our offices at 602-457-6222 for a no-cost consultation and comprehensive case assessment.

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