Personal Injury vs. Catastrophic Injury Claims: What is the Difference?

Personal injury cases can involve all types of accidents, injuries, and repercussions for victims and their families, which is why many lawyers who practice personal injury law choose to differentiate the most serious cases from others. Often, they’re referred to as catastrophic injury cases.

A few examples of injuries that would be classified as catastrophic may include: 

  • Brain Injuries
  • Amputation
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Severe Burn Injuries
  • Major Nerve and/or ligament damage
  • Major scarring and disfigurement

What makes an Injury a Catastrophic Personal Injury?

A personal injury generally is classified as a catastrophic injury due to the nature and scope of damages suffered by the victim(s) and their loved ones, as well as an elevated potential for complications, and a greater need to secure full financial compensation.

Here are a few things that make a personal injury catastrophic:

  1. Damages – Catastrophic injuries, by their very nature, are when a severe injury occurs. These serious injuries pose a greater potential for lasting or life-long repercussions – whether it be slow and painful recoveries, permanent deficits, or life-altering impairments and disabilities.

    Though damages suffered by the victim vary, all catastrophic injuries result in extensive physical, financial, and emotional losses.

  2. Reduction of quality of life for a long period of time including life – With sever injures causes the life of the victim to be altered often for life. 

While the recovery is often larger for a catastrophic injury they often take much more time, proof and energy than a personal injury case. 

If you or a loved one has been hurt due to the negligence of someone else Idiart Law Group can help you evaluate your case free of charge and map out the next steps for you. 

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