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What Is Considered to Be a Serious Injury?

by | Aug 31, 2018 | Catastrophic Injuries

As a firm that has seen countless injuries, we know that any kind of injury can be difficult to endure. However, in personal injury law, some are considered to be more serious than others and they often receive the term of a catastrophic injury.

These are some of the most damaging injuries and often leave victims dealing with the long-term effects and sometimes lifelong needs for medical treatment. However, while legal action can’t remove the pain, it can help with many of the expenses associated with a catastrophic injury.

Knowing what is considered a catastrophic or serious injury is important when understanding how the legal process works and what to expect. Here are some of the most serious injuries and how they’re viewed in claims.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

These are some of the most serious types of injuries someone can sustain because in the most severe cases, injured individuals may suffer long-term effects, headaches, hemorrhaging, and problems with cognitive abilities and motor function.

Traumatic brain injuries require numerous procedures and medical treatment, making it important for those injured to seek legal action to help cover some of the expenses. This can help with the lifelong costs, as well as any changes that the individual must make in their everyday life.

Spinal Cord Injuries

When someone suffers a severe spinal cord injury, it can lead to paralysis. This limits the ability for the victim to use a number of limbs depending on the location of the injury and how severe it is. The most common categorizations are paraplegia and quadriplegia: one impacting the lower limbs, the latter impacting all four limbs (arms and legs).

Paralysis and other serious spinal cord injuries can impact a person’s entire life, requiring change in living quarters or vehicles, medical procedures, and more. Seeking compensation can help the victim cover the long-term expenses associated with this type of injury.

Paralysis is not the only result of a severe spinal cord injury, however. There are many situations in which fusion or other surgery is required as a result of a neck or back injury. These are also very severe cases and require medical attention for a duration of time.

Burn Injuries

Sustaining a serious burn injury can be daunting, especially when you consider the various degrees of which they are categorized, as well as the signs. Here are some of the effects:

  • First degree burns cause mild pain and reddening. Typically, this level of burn injury causes damage to the epidermis, or the outer layer of the skin.
  • Second degree burns are more damaging to both the epidermis and the dermis. The victim may experience redness of the skin impacted, pain, swelling, and blistering in the area affected.
  • Third degree burns are typically the worst, damaging below the dermis and potentially causing tissue damage. The skin may turn a white or charred and the area may be numb.


There are a number of situations where someone can sustain an injury so significant—or an infection of a various body part—in which amputation is necessary to prevent other body parts to be affected. This means removal of a certain part of the body.

When this happens, it may be a result of negligence on behalf of a number of individuals. For instance, if a car crash causes the victim to have a body part crushed, it may need to be amputated. If a medical professional is negligent in preventing the spread of infection, it may result in amputation.

Holding Negligent Parties Accountable

Unfortunately, a number of situations in which catastrophic injuries occur are the result of negligence on behalf of another party. These are often preventable actions and the individual responsible for the injury should be held accountable for their actions.

At The King Firm, our South Georgia catastrophic injury attorneys work hard to represent individuals harmed by negligence. If you’ve suffered a serious injury at the hands of someone else’s actions, our team is here to guide you through the complex process that lies ahead.

You shouldn’t have to deal with the legal battle when focusing on your own health, recovery, and well-being. We’ll carry the burden and seek the justice—and compensation—you need and deserve during this difficult time in your life.

Contact us at (229) 515-8585 to discuss your potential case.

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