Identifying the Most Catastrophic Injuries

man in a wheelchairAny injury, regardless of severity can feel difficult to overcome and the person who suffers the injury is often unsure of what to do next. In personal injury law, though, the most severe injuries are referred to as catastrophic and they add an element to these types of cases.

The most catastrophic injuries can require extensive medical care and result in long-term damages. Recognizing which injuries are categorized as such can help you understand if you suffered from one and what legal options come next.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (also referred to as TBIs) can be some of the most serious types of injuries because even the mildest injury can have a significant impact on your health. This includes a concussion caused by the brain moving inside the brain and making contact.

These types of injuries can range, often resulting in short-term problems like memory loss, confusion, and loss of balance to long-term issues including seizures, increased risk of stroke, and trouble with speech.

When you suffer a TBI, it’s imperative to hold the negligent party accountable as the expenses can begin to rise quickly.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Any spine injury can be serious, including bulging discs. However, the most severe spine injury can cause the injured party to suffer paralysis, leaving them immobilized from the location of the injury and below. Paralysis can be either complete or incomplete, resulting in total loss of motor function or some motor function remaining.

A spinal cord injury may require lifelong care, medical equipment (such as a wheelchair and other adjustments to your home or car), and constant medical attention.

Burn Injuries

When someone suffers a burn injury, it’s usually an accident. However, there are times when negligence is involved and the individual can suffer significant damages in the form of second and third-degree burns (which can include damage to the nerves below the skin).

These types of burns can occur with chemical burns, when someone spills a hot liquid one you, or when making contact with a hot item. Should negligence be involved, the person responsible can be held accountable for the damages you sustain.

Internal Organ Damage

Your bodily relies on your organs to function properly. Unfortunately, acts of violence, car accidents, and other negligent-related problems can lead to them suffering significant damage. This can also result in internal bleeding which can be fatal if not properly detected in a timely manner.

Internal organ damage can result in parts of the body shutting down and leave individuals to deal with the pain and aftermath.


There are numerous situations where amputations are required for the sake of a person’s health. However, there are also situations involving negligence—such as car accidents, medical errors, and more—in which amputation is preventable, but it can happen.

It’s imperative to recognize your rights should you suffer an injury due to someone else’s negligent actions. If the injury is considered catastrophic, you should know how to pursue the necessary compensation to cover the expenses associated with the long-term care and treatment you need.

At Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, we put your needs first and foremost. We want to help you get through a very difficult situation in the most effective way possible, aiding you in your pursuit of justice against the responsible party.

Our catastrophic injury attorneys are able to represent clients throughout the Texas panhandle and Eastern New Mexico. If you or someone you love has suffered a catastrophic injury as a result of a reckless and negligent action, we’re ready to stand in your corner and fight to protect your rights.

Call us today at (806) 397-0300 to discuss your potential case. Your best interests are our top priority.


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