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Understanding Catastrophic Injury Cases


There are a number of issues that are unique to personal injury cases that involve catastrophic injuries. Typically, in these types of cases, the damages are much higher and the arguments are more difficult to prove. In this blog, our Charleston personal injury attorney will explain the key factors in catastrophic injuries and how these cases differ from others.

What is considered a catastrophic injury?

An injury that results in long-term or permanent disability and disfigurement is considered a catastrophic injury. These injuries are grave in nature and typically life threatening. While there’s no legal definition for catastrophic injuries, the victim of these types of injuries involve multiple surgeries, a very difficult recovery process, and continuous medical care. Some examples of catastrophic injuries can include traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, loss of limb, and severe burn injuries.

When determining whether an injury is catastrophic, the following factors will be considered:

  • The debilitating nature of the injury, and how long it is expected to last
  • The impact the injury has on the victim’s life and livelihood
  • The likelihood that the injured person will be able to return to work

How do these cases differ from other personal injury cases?

If the defendant is held responsible for another’s catastrophic injuries, he or she will be required to pay damages that will make the plaintiff whole – the plaintiff should receive enough financial compensation to pay for the expenses that have accumulated as a result of the accident and injury.

At Pierce, Sloan, Kennedy & Early LLC, we are wholly committed and focused on achieving your goals. Our team of personal injury attorneys are proud to stand by you and advocate on your behalf. Our legal team is made up some of the nation’s top trial lawyers – when you come to our firm, you can trust that we’ll do all the heavy lifting so you can focus on healing.

To speak to a Charleston personal injury attorney from Pierce, Sloan, Kennedy & Early LLC, call (843) 968-0886 today or contact us online to request a free case evaluation.

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