Catastrophic Injury FAQs

What is a catastrophic injury?

Catastrophic injuries are life-changing injuries that often occur suddenly and without warning. These injuries have long-term implications which sometimes become evident months or even years after an accident. Catastrophic injuries often damage the central nervous system and in turn may damage other bodily systems.

Victims of catastrophic injuries may never be able to work again and are likely to require long-term medical care. The physical and emotional pain of a catastrophic injury is immense, and the financial consequences can be overwhelming as well.

Catastrophic injury victims and their families should work with an attorney experienced with complex injury litigation. The attorneys at Swartz & Swartz, P.C. have over three decades of expertise in complex catastrophic injury litigation. If you would like to speak with one of our injury attorneys or schedule a free consultation, please call our Boston law office at 617-742-1900.

How to treat a catastrophic injury*

Victims must receive proper medical care for a catastrophic injury. After the initial medical care, they may need to visit the doctor frequently or have follow-up surgeries. An attorney can work with medical care professionals to determine the potential future medical needs of the victim. This will ensure that victims of the negligence are fully compensated for past, present and future damages.


What are the types of catastrophic injury?

Examples of catastrophic injuries:

  • Brain injuries
  • Burns
  • Death
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of eyesight
  • Loss of hearing
  • Loss of limbs (amputations)
  • Multiple bone injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Paraplegia
  • Permanent disabilities
  • Quadriplegia
  • Serious head trauma
  • Severe burns
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
What causes a catastrophic injury?

Common Causes of Catastrophic injuries:

  • Car accidents
  • Consumer products
  • Drug/medications
  • Environmental disasters
  • Explosions
  • Falls
  • Fires
  • Industrial and construction accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Nautical accidents
  • Toxic exposure
  • Truck accidents
  • Workplace accidents
What damages can you recover after a catastrophic injury?

Damages Recovered for:

  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium
  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain
  • Permanent disability
  • Scarring
  • Suffering
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