What Is a Catastrophic Personal Injury?

In the context of personal injury law, there are certain types of bodily harm that are much more severe than others — leaving victims with life-altering consequences. Injuries that are so serious as to render victims with permanent damage are known as “catastrophic.”  In legalese, a catastrophic injury is one whose effects mean that the victim can no longer work, or maintain gainful employment.

Catastrophic injuries can also be characterized as those that cause extreme debilitation or disfigurement, preventing the victim from living a normal life or earning wages to support their family.

Vehicle collisions, falls from heights, and workplace accidents are common causes of catastrophic injuries that can have far-reaching physical, emotional, and financial impacts.

Defining catastrophic injuries

Individuals who are disabled and out of work because of the negligence of another deserve appropriate compensation for their losses, which is where Chaffin Luhana can help. Since catastrophic injuries will often require ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, and result in loss of earning capacity, victims need a qualified lawyer to advocate on their behalf.

At Chaffin Luhana, our talented attorneys have procured $1 billion for clients over the years, and we are eager to put our expertise and knowledge of the law to work for you. We know how medical bills can quickly pile up, especially in cases involving traumatic brain injury, paralysis, or spinal cord injury.

That’s why it’s crucial to partner with an experienced personal injury attorney in Pittsburgh who can maximize your legal recovery.

Examples of catastrophic injuries

Pennsylvania offers legal remedies to victims of personal injury resulting from negligence. If you have suffered debilitating, long-term physical or cognitive injury because of another’s wrongdoing, you may be entitled to significant money damages.

The following are examples of some of the more common catastrophic injuries that form the basis of a personal injury claim.

  • Spinal cord injuries resulting in partial or complete paralysis
  • Loss of limb (amputation) following a vehicle or worksite accident
  • Traumatic brain injury caused by motorcycle or auto collisions, or falls
  • Severe burns resulting from defective products, car accidents, and fires
  • Organ damage
  • Multiple bone fractures
  • Serious eye injuries resulting in blindness
  • Neurological injuries stemming from severe falls, motor vehicle accidents and malpractice

Every catastrophic injury is unique in the way it affects a victim and their loved ones. Family members may be tasked with becoming full-time caretakers of a loved one who is disabled – physically or cognitively. In situations where a spouse or family member isn’t able to perform this function, they may have to turn to in-home nursing care – an incredibly costly proposition.

These are exorbitant costs that negligence victims should not have to cover on their own.

Statute of limitations in PA

Pennsylvania allows victims of personal injury two years from the date the accident happened to take their legal claims to court. If a minor suffers a catastrophic injury, they have until the age of 20 to bring their claim to court. Once this statute of limitations expires, victims are essentially barred from seeking monetary reparations against negligent parties.

Chaffin Luhana offers expert legal support

Whether you were gravely hurt in a construction accident, car crash, or because of a defective consumer product, our in-depth experience will increase your chances of achieving a successful outcome. Our Pittsburgh-based legal team includes court-appointed leaders in national litigation, as well as state and federal prosecutors who know how to win complex injury cases against defendants with deep pockets.

Our lawyers work with experts across a variety of fields who can help assess the true value of your injury claim. This allows us to seek a settlement or verdict that accounts for your past, current, and anticipated financial needs.

To learn more about how our attorneys can help you after suffering a catastrophic personal injury, don’t hesitate to reach out for a free consultation. We offer aggressive legal representation on a contingency basis, so there is never any fee until we secure compensation in your case.