What is the Difference Between a Catastrophic Injury and Personal Injury?

On Behalf of | Jan 1, 2018 | Firm News |

Not all injuries are the same. Some are more severe than others, causing permanent disabilities that require lifelong treatment or round-the-clock care. Not only do these types of injuries adversely impact the quality of one’s life, but it can also burden the injured individual with a mountain of medical expenses as well as the inability to return to work or have any kind of gainful employment.

While catastrophic injuries are under the general umbrella of personal injury law, these types of injuries are treated differently in the eyes of the law due to the irreparable damage it inflicts on those who live with the effects of them.

What is a Personal Injury?

To understand the difference between these two categories, it is important to define a personal injury first. Personal injuries can absolutely be serious and no doubt traumatic to those who suffer them, but are typically temporary. Victims of personal injuries are often able to make a complete or, at least, a near-complete recovery. They are also usually able to return to work and other routine activities after achieving a full recovery and experience little to no lingering effects caused by the accident they survived.

What is a Catastrophic Injury?

One of the key major differences between a catastrophic injury and a personal injury is that victims of catastrophic injuries continue to be affected by the injury for the rest of their lives. They are debilitating and survivors might never fully recover from them or return to life as they knew prior to the accident. Examples of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputations
  • Loss of hearing or vision
  • Disfigurement
  • Severe burn injuries

Catastrophic injuries disable victims to a point where they often require accommodations for various aspects of their lives. They might be faced with the expense of having to retrofit their home, vehicle, and other areas to accommodate their new needs. If unable to return to work, other members of their family might also suffer. For these reasons, compensation for catastrophic injuries is often substantial. It is not only meant to address a person’s present expenses, but any foreseeable future expenses and hardships as well.

Trusted Catastrophic Injury Attorney in Atlanta

At Pratt Clay, LLC, we are committed to representing injured individuals in Atlanta and the surrounding areas. If you or someone you love sustained a catastrophic injury in a negligence-related accident, our firm will assist you in filing a claim. We understand that this is a difficult time and will work diligently to fight for the compensation you need and deserve to recover.

Contact us today at 404-566-9460 to schedule a complimentary consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team.