What Is Considered A Catastrophic Injury?

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The last thing you want when going about your day is to experience an injury from an accident that could have been avoided. What’s more? Learning that the extent of the injury is so severe that your life will forever be altered can be a particularly difficult thing to wrap one’s brain around, and in the worst of cases, it can even cost a person their life. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX catastrophic injury attorneys discuss the impacts of catastrophic injuries, how they affect individuals and families, and where you should turn in the event of a catastrophic injury accident to ensure your best interests are represented.

Lifelong Implications

To understand what a catastrophic injury might look like, it is important to understand what personal injury law means. Personal injury is an area of the law intended to protect individuals if they become injured due to another person or company’s negligence, carelessness, or willful act. An example might include a slip and fall at a grocery store, being bitten by someone’s dog, or even injuries resulting from a defective product.

When another party’s carelessness results in injuries that are so severe they not only change a person’s life, but impact their loved one’s lives forever, it may be considered to be a catastrophic injury. In the worst of cases, it may even result in the wrongful death of a loved one. These injuries can be accompanied by a need for long-term medical care, permanent disability, or even disfigurement. To learn more about the lifelong implications of catastrophic injuries, reach out to our team today.

Damage to Motor and/or Cognitive Ability

Another factor that may qualify the damage as catastrophic is if the injured individual experienced damage to the brain, spine, or spinal column. The brain is arguably the most important organ in the human body, since it drives the entire body system. When certain areas of the brain become damaged, it can cause a host of complications. These range anywhere from disruptions in cognitive or motor function, permanent disability with little to no hope of restoration, and even paralysis. 

What is Not a Catastrophic Injury?

While subjectively traumatic, soft tissue injuries, minor lacerations, or bruising that are expected to heal over time would generally not be considered catastrophic injuries. At Crain Brogdon LLP, we have decades of experience in catastrophic injury claims and helping our clients achieve the best possible outcomes for their situations. Accidents contributing to catastrophic-level injuries are our specialty, and we are here to help you through and beyond your case. We recommend seeking the advice of an experienced and compassionate lawyer to help you understand if you have a case and what your legal options might look like.

Representing Your Best Interests

If you or a loved one has experienced a catastrophic injury as the result of a major accident, contact Crain Brogdon LLP in Dallas, TX by calling (214) 522-9404 to learn about your options with our team. We proudly serve the Dallas and surrounding areas.


Attorney Quentin Brogdon

Quentin Brogdon has over thirty years of experience and expertise in the field of personal injury trial law. He is board certified in both personal injury trial law and civil trial advocacy. Quentin has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating. This rating reflects an attorney’s ethics and abilities according to reviews from fellow attorneys. [ Attorney Bio ]

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