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Types of Catastrophic Injuries


Suffering an accident of any kind can have serious implications. Catastrophic injuries, however, are viewed as being especially devastating and can leave a singular mark on your life. 

After a catastrophic injury, you may not be able to return to the life you had before. Although this is bleak, the good news is that you may be entitled to life-changing financial compensation for your injuries. Read on to learn about the types of catastrophic injuries out there and some possible civil remedies. Contact a Baton Rouge personal injury lawyer for help filing a claim. 

Common Forms of Catastrophic Injuries

A major accident can deprive you or a loved one of the ability to live your life the way you did before. When injuries are severe enough to compromise your standard of living or lead to death, the impacts aren’t just felt by the victims—their family and loved ones also suffer. 

Fortunately, taking civil action against the person or organization responsible for you or your loved one’s injuries could help. Some common types of catastrophic injuries often cited in these types of claims include: 

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury 
  • Disfigurement
  • Death

One of the leading causes of catastrophic injuries is motor vehicle accidents, but people can also suffer severe injuries in sporting accidents, work-place accidents, or from deliberate acts of violence. 

Recovering Damages Related to Your Accident

Although criminal law seeks to impose criminal penalties on people accused of breaking the law, civil lawsuits allow the impacted parties in an accident involving negligent or deliberate conduct a chance to recover financial compensation from the responsible parties. 

When you file a personal injury claim for catastrophic injuries, the damages available to you can be both economic and non-economic in nature. One example of economic damages is medical expenses, which can involve the cost of any past, present, or future treatment related to your injuries. Examples include ambulance fees, surgery costs, and bills for physical rehabilitation. 

Some other examples of damages available to personal injury litigants include: 

  • Lost income
  • Emotional trauma
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium 
  • Exemplary damages

Consulting an attorney with experience working on catastrophic injury claims, in particular, will help you get a more complete picture of the range of damages available to you in your case. 

Timeline for Filing a Claim

Generally, the deadline for filing a personal injury claim in Louisiana is one year from the date of your accident. Only in rare cases will this deadline be extended, and failing to submit your claim with the legal timeline will likely result in your claim being dismissed. Speaking to an attorney sooner than later will allow you to manage the deadline restrictions for personal injury litigation in Louisiana. 

Contact a Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Today 

When you’ve suffered catastrophic injuries, you deserve compensation for the economic and non-economic damages you’ve sustained. Spencer Callahan Injury Lawyers will work diligently to secure you the maximum compensation available. 

Call 225-387-2323 or fill out the form below to set up a free case evaluation with a lawyer from our firm today.