After the Accident: When it is Considered to Be a Catastrophic Injury

Car accidents typically do not resolve with all parties involved leaving uninjured. Whether you experience a physical injury that is minor or one that holds you back for quite some time, or whether you feel emotional distress each and every time you get inside a vehicle, serious harm is left on the victims following a vehicle accident. Injuries that you sustain in a West Virginia car accident can have a huge impact on the rest of your life. You might even experience an injury that requires constant medical attention, future surgeries, therapy, and even around-the-clock care. These injuries might be considered catastrophic. based on the circumstances.

In West Virginia, if you have been involved in a car accident that leaves catastrophic injuries, this not only means that the injury was inspected on its own but also the medical consequences that you could suffer for the rest of your life. For instance, what happens if you have been involved in an accident due to another party and you have received an injury that is going to immensely change your life, from your career to your social relationships? If this is the case, you have suffered a catastrophic and long-term injury. These injuries tend to make it difficult for individuals to return to work to earn a living, lessen their ability to have a manageable quality-of-life or result in a requirement of physical aid for the rest of your life. Though not all catastrophic injuries result in death, if somebody’s injuries led to a death, those are also considered catastrophic.

Expenses to Expect Over Time Following Catastrophic InjuriesDamage on white sedan after head on collision

There are many types of injuries that are considered to be catastrophic, from motorcycle collisions where a rider is thrown from their bike to head-on collisions involving motor vehicles at high speeds. In accidents involving more than one party, you might find that the injuries resulting from the impact are much worse than they would have been in any other circumstances.

In catastrophic injury cases, one thing that becomes evident is that lifelong expenses could result, which means that you might be feeling on your own or without options at this time. If you have received an injury that requires constant medical attention, then it doesn’t make sense for you to return to work. You might never be able to work the same hours you once did before your injury, or even be able to do the same kind of job. You might also accrue a variety of expenses for medications, therapy, and regular home nursing care, which could all add up when the finances are already bringing you down. Here are just some of the costs that might follow a catastrophic injury:

  • Costs of your hospitalization;
  • Emotional distress;
  • Medical treatment, in the present and future;
  • Nursing care;
  • Prescriptions;
  • Lost income from missed work; and/or
  • Cost of medical equipment.

Of course, there are many other expenses that follow these injuries as well. You might feel the strain of your catastrophic injury from the moment you receive your first medical bill or the physical pain you experience caused by your injuries. Because we understand what a burden this could be for you and want to help you through this difficult time, our attorneys at Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner are here for you at this time. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are here for you if you have been involved in a devastating car accident and feel as if you have been left without options. Contact us for more information at (304) 713-2014.


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