When most people hear of a car accident, they often just think of the immediate aftermath, such as the number of people involved, if there were any injuries or death, and damage to vehicles and property.
However, for those involved in catastrophic car accidents, the impact is felt by them and their families long after the scene has been cleared.
It’s more than just physical injuries
We often hear the term “catastrophic injury,” but what exactly is it? An injury is typically considered to be catastrophic if it has a long-term effect on a person’s life, requiring surgery, ongoing medical treatment, and an extended recovery period. Examples include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Severe burns
- Loss of limb
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Multiple fractures
Something such as a TBI can lead to cognitive impairment, memory loss, and personality changes. And spinal cord injuries could result in partial or complete paralysis.
In addition to the physical damage, people who have been through tragic events often suffer psychological trauma. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and pain interference are common among people who are in car accidents.
Furthermore, chronic pain (pain lasting 12 weeks or longer) is associated with depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder.
These physical injuries and mental health issues can significantly impact a person’s life. They might no longer be able to work. The loss of income, financial instability, and mounting medical expenses only add to the stress and mental trauma.
Therefore, it’s crucial that anyone who has been in a catastrophic car accident receive compensation for their injuries. It helps remove the stress of financial insecurity so they can focus on their recovery.