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Catastrophic Injury

Catastrophic Injury

Catastrophic injuries are those which result in severe physical harm. These serious injuries pose a greater potential for lasting or life-long repercussions – slow and painful recoveries, permanent deficits, or life-altering impairments and disabilities. The medical field often defines a catastrophic injury as a severe injury to the spinal cord, spine, or brain.

Catastrophic injuries include severe burn injuries, brain and head injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, organ damage, and loss of eyesight. These types of injuries often result in permanent disability from the loss of a limb, blindness, or paralysis. Victims will never recover from these losses and often face a future where they cannot work to support themselves or their families, let alone pay for their medical expenses. In the case of severe burns, brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries, future surgeries may be required, as well as extensive therapeutic or rehabilitative care that can last for months, years, or even a lifetime. In some instances, the injured may never recover full consciousness or full mental capacity, such as in brain injuries. Other painful results may be changes in personality, memory losses, emotional problems, learning problems, and more.


These types of injury mean the victim can no longer maintain a job that allows them to support themselves or their family. If the victim suffered an injury that is likely to have long-term or permanent effects on their quality of life, they may have suffered a catastrophic injury.

The strain on victims and families in the wake of such injuries can be enormous. Even where the prognosis for recovery may be positive, the process for achieving that recovery may be extremely time-consuming, demanding, and difficult on both the patient and his or her family. Medical specialists, physical therapists, psychologists, and more using a team approach may be needed to achieve results.


Part of the personal injury lawsuit in such cases involves detailed financial projections of the future costs for medical expenses, the costs of the loss of income, projected loss of future income, and value placed on his or her pain, suffering, emotional trauma, and loss of enjoyment of life. Stackhouse Law is experienced in handling these complex factors in any catastrophic injury case; we are committed to fighting aggressively to secure the financial future of injured persons and their families throughout Northeast Florida.


The severity and nature of the injuries are important factors involved in determining the value of your claim. You can seek compensation for the losses that you sustain. In catastrophic injury cases, these losses are often much more significant than in other types of cases.


There are costly bills for medical treatment, many times multiple surgeries, ongoing care, physical therapy and pain medications. There may be expenses related to the emotion trauma of going through such a traumatic situation, while at the same time, a lost earning capacity due to being unable to return to the same job or to work in any way. There is also a high degree of emotional anguish, pain and suffering at the same time as the loss of relationships with your spouse, children or other family or friends. 

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If you or a loved one have suffered a catastrophic injury and need legal assistance with your claim, an experienced lawyer at Stackhouse Law can help you pursue just  compensation for the losses you have endured due to someone else’s negligence and duty of care.