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IL injury lawyerAny type of accident, whether it involves a vehicle, sports, workplace equipment, etc. can cause serious personal injuries. Depending on the situation, victims may be able to recover within days or months after surgery or rehabilitation if a bone was broken, for instance. However, there are other kinds of injuries that are considered more severe. A catastrophic injury is legally defined as an injury with “direct and proximate consequences” that “permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.”

This type of injury can have life-altering effects and in many cases causes the victim permanent damage. This can range from paralysis to brain damage to third-degree burns. Regardless of the specific injury, it alters the victim’s life in a way that usually requires compensation to cover medical costs or long-term care.

Examples of Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries are unique, but they not only impact the survivor in a significant way, but typically his or her family, too. It may require a family member to quit his or her job or take a leave of absence to care for his or her injured loved one. This can be emotionally and financially draining, especially if the victim requires 24/7 assistance. Even if a family member does not stay home, the family will likely have to hire a caretaker, which is a huge expense. A catastrophic injury can result in a limited future for survivors and their families.

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Bloomingdale spinal cord injury attorney, spinal cord injuriesNearly 450,000 Americans live with a spinal cord injury, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association. Each year, about 11,000 spinal cord injuries are sustained in the United States.

What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

Most spinal cord injuries are attributed to vertebral column trauma. In a healthy person, the spinal cord sends and receives messages between the body and the brain. These messages control sensory, autonomic, and motor functions. However, when the vertebral column is injured, the spinal cord cannot send and receive these vital messages resulting in conditions such as paralysis and loss of sensation.

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