A serious accident or personal injury is always devastating, and a catastrophic injury is a life-changing event for both a victim and their loved ones. Catastrophic injuries require years of treatment and rehabilitation, and cause long-term, permanent impairment.
What types of injuries are considered catastrophic
Catastrophic injuries usually involve damage to the central nervous system, resulting in loss of motor and cognitive functions. In addition to brain and spinal injuries, catastrophic impairment can result from amputation injuries, multiple fractures, severe burns, and other trauma. A combination of less serious injuries can result in catastrophic impairment if, as a whole, they create a permanent and severe disability.
The victims of catastrophic injuries usually require extensive medical treatment, as well as ongoing rehabilitation and therapy. Even after they reach a maximum level of recovery, victims often cannot return to work in the same capacity. They usually require regular housekeeping and other lifestyle assistance, and in the most severe cases will need support to complete the most basic daily tasks.
Personal injury damages for catastrophic injuries
Catastrophic injuries usually occur suddenly as the result of a motor vehicle accident, workplace accident, or a bad fall. If the accident was the result of negligence, victims can often seek compensation from the negligent party.
The potential damages for a catastrophic injury are sometimes very high; successful plaintiffs are entitled to receive compensation for all of the losses caused by a negligent defendant. A few common types of losses include:
- Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost income and working capacity in the future
- Past and future medical expenses, including medication and treatment
- The cost of housekeeping and other personal assistance
Calculating the damages necessary to compensate a personal injury victim is complicated, and requires a deep understanding of how similar cases have been treated in the past.
Experienced Toronto catastrophic injury lawyers
Victims of catastrophic injuries are often entitled to compensation for their losses. At Jasmine Daya & Co., we specialize in representing victims of serious and catastrophic personal injuries. Our skilled personal injury team will build the best possible case on your behalf, and advance all potential claims for compensation.
If you, or a member of your family, have been the victim of a catastrophic injury that may have been the result of negligence, you should speak to a lawyer that understands these very complicated claims. Our lawyers draw upon many years of cumulative court room experience to give you an advantage in your claim, and offer free consultations for new clients.
Contact us online or call our office to make an appointment at 416-967-9100.