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What Are Considered Catastrophic Injuries?

Catastrophic injuries are life-altering illnesses or ailments that place a high degree of physical and financial burden on the individual affected by them. These include bodily injuries such as spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injury, severe burns, and amputations. Catastrophic injuries can have an immense effect on individuals, preventing them from working and performing everyday tasks.

Furthermore, they can have a long-lasting psychological impact; patients often suffer extreme anguish especially during recovery. With proper care and access to health resources, those afflicted with these debilitating injuries can live meaningful lives. However, it requires substantial investments in resources to enable those affected by catastrophic injuries to get the best help available.

Catastrophic injuries include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spine injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Severe fractures
  • Amputations
  • Wrongful death

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Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are an incredibly serious issue that affects thousands of people every year. TBIs are usually caused by a severe external force and can result in physical, cognitive, and emotional impairments ranging from mild to severe. It is critical for medical professionals, family members, and affected individuals to be aware of the long-term implications of a TBI, including risks such as depression and dementia.

Although TBIs cannot be cured or reversed, proper medical treatment and supportive care can help manage or lessen the effects of a traumatic brain injury. Because this type of injury is complex and has short-term and long-term impacts on quality of life, it is important that all individuals have access to comprehensive, up-to-date information about traumatic brain injuries in order to get the most effective help possible.

Spine Injuries

Spine injuries can have a devastating impact on an individual's quality of life. Not only can they cause chronic pain and disability, but the long-term prognosis sometimes includes depression and anxiety. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the spine and restore function.

Nevertheless, there are many ways to help those working towards recovery from a spine injury, such as physical therapy and other forms of rehabilitation therapies. With the right guidance, it is possible for individuals living with spinal injuries to cope and learn how to manage their condition so that they can go back to leading a normal life.

Burn Injuries

People suffer burn injuries due to a wide range of causes and this can have an extremely difficult and detrimental impact on the sufferer. In some cases these injuries can be so severe that they require extensive medical treatment, which can come with a hefty price tag.

Though it may seem like an inconvenience at first, safety measures should always be taken to prevent people from suffering burn injuries and are essential for reducing the toll that this condition takes not merely on the victims of burns but also on our collective resources.

We should all strive to practice safe use when around items that could cause significant damage, as well as encouraging others in our community to do the same.

Severe Fractures

Severe fractures can be a debilitating and life-threatening experience. Broken bones are one of the most common types of injuries, but severe fractures can be especially challenging to recover from. Severe fracture victims deserve access to high-quality medical attention and rehabilitation services in order to have the best chance of making a successful recovery.

Proper monitoring, diagnosis and treatment are incredibly important for dealing with severe fractures, as well as ongoing physical therapy, if prescribed. Building strength slowly and consistently is essential, both physically and mentally. With the right care and support, those who endure severe fractures can take back control of their lives and reach full recovery – a cause worth championing!


Amputations can cause a great deal of physical and emotional pain for those affected. This can be especially true when amputations are required to be performed in the midst of an unexpected health crisis. Unfortunately, medical advancements have made it so that amputations are becoming increasingly common as a way to help individuals afflicted with serious medical conditions, such as cancer or diabetes.

Those who require amputations must take immense courage and strength to confront the uncertainties and fears associated with their new reality. Amplifying this reality is the fact that full recovery from such an injury cannot always be guaranteed even after the procedure has been completed.

Regardless of the risks and challenges, those who endure an amputation still often display inspiring determination in their fight for improving mobility and quality of life for themselves and others like them.

Wrongful Death

A wrongful death can be one of the most devastating losses a person can experience. It occurs when the death is caused by another person’s negligence or misconduct, resulting in a wrongful and preventable death. Although nothing can replace the life that is lost due to a wrongful death, loved ones are sometimes able to recoup financial losses from the responsible parties such as funeral costs and medical expenses.

When someone has died wrongfully, it is important for those left behind to seek justice in court as a way to honor their memory and bring closure. By educating ourselves on laws mandated by state legislatures and working with an experienced attorney during such times of grief, we can ensure justice is properly served.

Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP is here to help you with the legal aftermath of a catastrophic injury. Our Cleveland personal injury lawyers go above and beyond to help you when you need it the most. From start to finish, we got your back.

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