Every single day, people get in car accidents with commercial trucks. These crashes can be so devastating that it is truly a miracle that some of these people make it out alive. If a person is fortunate enough to survive a crash with a commercial truck, they are oftentimes left with life-altering injuries, and with these injuries comes a fear of what happens next.
After a catastrophic injury, it is important to know that you do have options moving forward. We want to talk to you a bit about what makes an injury “catastrophic,” and what you can do to help protect yourself and your loved ones in case it happens to you.
What is a catastrophic injury?
Let’s say you break your leg. It’s a clean break, and there’s no reason to suspect it won’t heal. This broken leg is a “regular” injury. It hurts, and it needs medical attention, but you should be able to live the same kind of life you had before you broke it. A catastrophic injury however, is one from which you never fully recover. Here are some examples of those kinds of injuries:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury with paralysis
- Crushed bones
- Loss of limb
- Severe burns resulting in disfigurement and disability
- Loss of sight or hearing
After a terrible accident, a person can be left with severe and permanent injuries that will alter the rest of their lives. The injury victim will probably not be able to work again and will need ongoing medical care. He or she might be left in a wheelchair or in need of prosthetics to be mobile and might spend the rest of his or her life in pain. Catastrophic injuries are the ones that change your life and the lives of the people around you forever.
Examples of accidents that may cause catastrophic injuries
So what causes these kinds of life-altering injuries? Here are a few examples of scenarios that can lead to catastrophic injuries:
- Auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Swimming pool accidents
- Plane crashes
- Elevator accidents
- Construction equipment accidents
- Falls from great heights
- Animal attacks
One of the things that these kinds of accidents have in common is that they can be caused by the negligent actions (or inactions) of another person. Our civil justice system provides a remedy for those people who have been injured because of another person’s recklessness. It gives people the opportunity to recover financial compensation for their medical care, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, and many other types of damages.
Whether you emerge with recurring flashbacks, persistent headaches, a pronounced limp, or end up relying on a breathing machine for your next breath, a catastrophic injury robs you of your normal life and makes sure that you will never be the same again. While our experienced and compassionate personal injury attorneys can’t turn back the clock and restore your former health and vitality, we can pursue the financial compensation that would ensure you never have to worry about medical bills or lost income ever again.
Catastrophic injuries have a lasting impact on your life in many ways. You will likely not be able to do the same work, be as active as you used to be, or even maintain the same relationships you once had. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury that was caused by another person’s negligent actions, you are encouraged to call our experienced personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Bailey & Greer, PLLC. Please call us at 901-680-9777 today or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case in either our Memphis or Jackson office. We will always give honest feedback, and we will do everything within our power to make sure that you get fair compensation for your injuries.
Since graduating magna cum laude in 2005 from the University of Memphis School of Law, Thomas has helped make a difference in the lives of victims of serious personal injury, wrongful death, and professional negligence. Thomas has extensive trial experience in both state and federal court. Among other victories in the courtroom, Thomas obtained several impressive jury verdicts and settlements
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