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Types of Catastrophic Injury: From TBIs to Fractures

By Michael Verna on May 06, 2017

Illustration of a scan of the spine after an accidentAt Bowles & Verna, LLP, our trial lawyers have focused their careers on representing the best interests of catastrophic injury victims and their families, fighting for their right to compensation from those whose negligence turned their worlds upside down. Our personal injury attorneys prepare every case for trial, using all of the resources at their disposal to present the strongest collection of evidence possible in pursuit of the full measure of damages to which each injured client is entitled. Our lawyers have extensive experience and an impressive history of success in handling cases involving virtually all types of catastrophic injury in courtrooms throughout the San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland, CA region.

If you or a member of your family has suffered a catastrophic injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the personal injury attorneys of Bowles & Verna, LLP, have the experience, skills, and resources to help. We urge you to contact our personal injury law firm today to arrange for an evaluation of your catastrophic injury case.

What Are the Most Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries?

Catastrophic injuries can occur as a result of any type of incident arising from someone else’s negligent or deliberately wrongful actions, including auto accidents, slip-and-fall accidents that occur on someone else’s property, workplace accidents, medical malpractice, accidents involving defective products, sports accidents, and violent attacks. The following types of catastrophic injuries are just some of the most common; they do not by any means represent a comprehensive list.

The most common types of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries: Spinal cord injuries can generally be divided into two basic types. Incomplete spinal cord injuries refer to injuries after which victims maintain some feeling and ability to move at and below the point of damage to the spine. Complete spinal cord injuries include paraplegia - loss of feeling and movement in the lower body, but continued use of the arms and hands - and tetraplegia - complete loss of feeling and movement below the neck.
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): Like spinal cord injuries, TBIs can generally be classified in one of two categories. Closed brain injuries occur when the force of a violent event causes the brain to come into impact with the inner wall of the skull, but the skull itself is not penetrated. These types of injuries may not produce immediate symptoms, meaning that they are often not diagnosed until serious and irreparable damage to the brain has been done. By contrast, open brain injuries, in which a foreign object penetrates the skull and directly damages the brain, are generally extremely catastrophic but can also be treated immediately.
  • Burn injuries: Serious burn injuries can result not only from exposure to fire or flame, but also to steam, scalding water or other liquids, hot machinery, chemicals, or electricity.
  • Bone fractures: Among the more serious types of bone fractures are comminuted fractures, in which a bone is left in at least three separate pieces or partially or entirely crushed; open fractures, also known as compound fractures, in which the end of a broken bone pierces the surface of the skin; and greenstick fractures, which are incomplete fractures most commonly suffered by children.

Learn More about Types of Catastrophic Injury

To arrange for an evaluation of your catastrophic injury case, please contact Bowles & Verna, LLP, today.

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