A catastrophic injury often occurs out of the blue due to circumstances beyond the victim’s control. Catastrophic injuries can be caused by car accidents, truck accidents, defective products, chemical exposure, airplane crashes, and defective drugs. Some common examples of catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, loss of limb, severe burns, and multiple bone fractures.
A catastrophic injury can drastically affect the life of the victim and his or her family. Individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or other such injuries may not be able to return to work. They may require significant treatment and rehabilitation. In addition, one’s quality of life can decrease substantially. Family members may suffer from the financial strain or from taking on caretaker responsibilities. Sometimes it seems like there is nothing that can be done to replace the loss of a loved one or to repair the effects of a catastrophic injury.