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Severity and types of catastrophic injuries

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2022 | Personal Injury |

The state of New York has more than 19 million residents. And thousands of those residents have experienced catastrophic personal injuries. A catastrophic injury drastically affects a person’s quality of life. You can sustain these injuries in many different situations.

Claims of severe personal injuries often involve car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents. But any accident has the potential to cause physical damage. Here’s a look at four common types of severe catastrophic injuries.

Injuries to the brain

A severe brain injury can cause cognitive, physical and emotional problems. Brain damage can make simple tasks such as feeding yourself difficult or impossible. A sharp hit on the head is often the cause of severe brain injury. People at high risk for this type of injury include motorcyclists and cyclists.

Injuries to the eye

An eye injury is catastrophic when it causes permanent blindness in one or both eyes. Total loss of eyesight completely changes your life. You have to learn to do everything without your vision. Accidents involving sharp blows to the eye and items lodged in the eye often cause blindness.

Damages to nerves

Nerve damage causes you to lose feeling in certain parts of your body. The nerves and your brain work together to transmit sensation. But the damage to the nerves causes a communication breakdown. Nerves that have partial damage can usually heal themselves. In some cases, surgery helps. But, some nerve damage is permanent.

Spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries can lead to lifelong paralysis or the need for specialized medical treatment. Some people with this severe catastrophic injury also struggle with mental and emotional health.

A catastrophic personal injury can change your life forever. And it will take time to adjust to a new way of life. Family and friends will also have to make adjustments. Emotional support can help ease the burden of a major life change.

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