At the Law Offices of Jon Friedman, our Oregon personal injury attorneys know when negligence impacts our clients’ lives, it turns their worlds upside down. While they struggle with physical, emotional, and financial damages, their recovery may feel insurmountable.
Sometimes, our clients suffer injuries that take months or years to reach maximum medical improvement. Others may suffer from catastrophic injuries that will not allow them to return to the quality of life they enjoyed before their accident.
Here, we discuss the difference between personal and catastrophic injuries and how they impact our client’s claims for damages.
What Types of Injuries are Considered Catastrophic Injuries?
The American Medical Association defines a catastrophic injury as “a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, spinal fractures, or to the skull or brain.”
More literally, catastrophic is a sudden and large-scale alteration in state. From an injury standpoint, catastrophic injuries can include devastating burns, scarring and disfigurement, amputations, paralysis, and organ damage.
Catastrophic Injuries Often Require Claims for Extensive Damages
Catastrophic injuries are nothing short of life changing. This will become evident as medical bills and expenses for specialty care mount during the recovery process, which will quickly become overwhelming when the injured party cannot work.
Additional expenses those with catastrophic injuries may incur, that other personal injury victims may not, can include but are not limited to the loss of future earning capacity and emotional damages that must be appropriately calculated to ensure they can pursue their total compensation needs — now and for future, potentially life-long expenses.
We can help ensure no detail is left to chance when pursuing the negligent party that caused your catastrophic injuries so you can confidently rebuild your life.
Contact Our Experienced Catastrophic Injury Lawyers in Oregon for Help Today
If you or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic injury because of another person, party, or entity’s negligence in Oregon, contact our Multnomah County personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman at (503)-242-1440 or online today to schedule a free consultation and get the help you need to make informed decisions about the direction of your case.