You’ve been injured in an accident, but you’re not sure if it is considered to be catastrophic or not. Here, we discuss what a catastrophic injury means.

Is my injury considered catastrophic?

 

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Getting hit by a truck on I-5 has thrown your life into chaos. You lost your leg in the accident and suffered multiple breaks and lacerations because of the crash. You spent a few weeks in the hospital, months in physical therapy, and don’t think you’ll ever be able to return to construction work again.

Your friends and family have talked about catastrophic injuries and that accident victims who have experienced them are often eligible to receive compensation, but you’re just not sure if your injury qualifies as “catastrophic.”

How to Tell If Your Injury Is Catastrophic

Unfortunately, there’s not a clear definition of what a “catastrophic injury” is. However, by asking yourself a few questions and evaluating your situation, you may be able to find out if you indeed have this type of injury.

  • Did your injury cause disfigurement or disability? When determining if an injury is catastrophic, the law looks at whether or not the condition has caused a person to become disabled, meaning they are unable to perform the tasks they were able to prior to the injury. Additionally, disfigurement associated with the injury is also taken into play. The loss of a leg typically causes both disability and disfigurement.
  • How long are you expected to be disabled? Catastrophic injuries that cause long-term or life-long disablement are typically considered catastrophic. Additionally, if the victim is expected to be unable to perform all of life’s functions on a long-term basis, or needs some level of assistance to complete daily tasks, the injury is likely catastrophic. Certain types of traumatic brain injuries, for example, are often considered catastrophic.

You Shouldn’t Have to Suffer Because of Someone Else’s Negligence

If your catastrophic injury was caused by an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation that can help pay for your medical bills, time away from work, and pain and suffering. Contact the Andrew Kim Law Firm today to find out what you can receive.


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Bellevue, WA 98005
Phone: (425) 289-1990
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