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What Classifies as a Catastrophic Injury?

Injuries sustained from any accident can vary. While some people sustain minor cuts and bruises, others can receive severe injuries resulting in partial or total disability. Our personal injury attorneys at Pearson Butler created this blog to help readers better understand how severe their injuries are, including what you can recover if you decide to file a catastrophic injury claim.

What is a Catastrophic Injury?

A catastrophic injury can result in long-term disability, permanent disfigurement, or even death. Some of the most common catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations, fractures, and severe burns.


Sadly, a catastrophic injury can happen to anyone at any time. These are some of the most common accidents that result in catastrophic injury:

  • Auto accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Acts of violence
  • Medical malpractice

Damages Available

The damages a person can recover from a catastrophic injury depend on the severity of the your condition. Some of the most common damages you can recover from a catastrophic injury claim include:

  • Medical bills for past, current, and future treatments related to the injury
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of quality of life

A claimant can also be awarded punitive damages, which aren’t necessarily guaranteed as they depend on the contents of your case. Punitive damages are damages awarded by the judge to help deter the other party from partaking in negligent behavior again.

Catastrophic Injury Attorneys

We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll a catastrophic accident can take on a person and their family. That's why we're here to help. We'll handle all the paperwork and negotiations with the insurance companies so that you can focus on what's most important— healing.

If you’re interested in learning what options are available, be sure to give our office a call at 801-495-4104 or visit our Contact Us page to fill out a consultation request form.