A catastrophic injury is an injury from a car or motor vehicle accident that results in complete blindness, amputation, paralysis, brain impairment, mental disorders, or behavioural disorders.
These types of injuries can be detrimental to one’s life and can also be a large burden financially. However, if the proper steps are taken, a victim with a catastrophic injury can be compensated sufficiently and have the expenses of rehabilitation, medical attention, attendant care and so on covered.
Here is a list of injuries that are commonly considered to be a catastrophic injury:
- Complete vision loss in both eyes
- Amputation or an injury that results in total or partial loss of use of a body part
- Paraplegia or quadriplegia that results in total or partial loss of use of a body part
- Brain impairment
- An impairment or impairments that result in a 55% or greater impairment of the body
- An impairment that results in a class 4 or 5 impairment due to mental or behavioural disorder
In order to receive the compensation deserved from a catastrophic injury during a motor vehicle accident, here are the steps that should be taken to properly handle the situation:
- Call the police
- Record the persons involved contact information and if possible take pictures of the scene
- Seek medical attention
- Get in touch with a personal injury lawyer immediately
- Notify your insurance company
- Find out if you have health insurance coverage
- Attend the necessary appointments or assessments
- Save all documents and information
- Record ongoing health changes
If you or someone you know has experienced a catastrophic injury but are unsure what steps to take next it’s critical that you speak with Natalie Clarke. She will be able to provide guidance and success in seeking justice, compensation, benefits, and treatment for the injury.