To victims, almost any serious personal injury feels catastrophic. Not only do they suffer the immediate effects of the injury, they must also cope with the aftermath and any continuing medical issues. In legal terms, it is difficult to find a widely accepted answer on what makes an injury catastrophic.

This is perhaps because injuries pose differing hardships to victims based on individual cases. As responsible personal injury lawyers, we cannot say if your injuries are catastrophic, but we can tell you that the following injuries often qualify as such in California courts.

  • Serious damage to the spinal cord
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and head injuries
  • Severe internal injuries
  • Amputations, disfigurements and scarring injuries (e.g. burns)
  • Injuries resulting in loss of senses like sight and hearing
  • Injuries that lead to neurological disorders
  • Damage to the central nervous system

If you are seeking financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, it is ultimately up to a court or a judge to decide whether your injuries are catastrophic. If you are pursuing an insurance settlement as a means of compensation, you are at the mercy of your insurance provider. In either case, guidance from an attorney can improve your odds of receiving enough compensation to cover your needs.

Our San Jose attorneys want you to know that it is your right as a victim of negligence on another person’s part to pursue a legal solution. Sometimes, this solution comes by way of an injury lawsuit. Other times, you may simply need someone to deal with your insurance provider on your behalf.

Please, continue reviewing our firm’s website to learn more about your options in the wake of a debilitating and/or catastrophic personal injury.