Personal Injury vs. Catastrophic Injury: What’s the Difference?

A personal injury can range anywhere from a dog bite due to the negligence of a stranger to a broken arm from a slip and fall accident. While they can still be overwhelming and traumatic, these injuries usually heal relatively quickly and don’t require lifelong treatment. Catastrophic injuries, on the other hand, are different from your normal personal injuries because they are quite severe and have repercussions that can last your entire life. As a result, survivors of catastrophic injuries require at-home assistance, expensive medical operations and treatments and are often unable to return to work.

Below is a list of some of the most common catastrophic injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputations
  • Blindness or deafness
  • Disfigurement
  • Severe burn injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Multiple bone fractures
  • Exposure to toxic or hazardous chemicals and substances

These types of injuries typically occur in motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, swimming pool accidents, medical malpractice and defective consumer products. Since catastrophic injury cases tend to involve much higher damages than a typical personal injury case, compensation is meant to not only cover current expenses, but also future medical bills, emotional and physical pain and lost earnings.

If you have been seriously injured in an accident, you deserve compensation that will fully cover your expenses now and in the future. At Habbas & Associates, our San Jose catastrophic injury attorneys are prepared to help you fight for just treatment and the damages you are owed. Our dedicated team is familiar with the difficulties you are facing, and we will work tirelessly for your claim.

To see what our team of attorneys can do for you, please call (888) 387-4053 or contact us online for a free consultation. We represent clients in San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, Modesto, Rocklin and other parts of California. Do not hesitate to reach out!

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