What’s the Difference Between a Personal Injury and a Catastrophic Injury After a Car Accident?

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Car accidents can sadly cause an array of injuries. From bruises and strains all the way to broken bones and collapsed lungs, how do you know if you have a personal injury or a catastrophic injury case? What’s the difference?

Personal Injury Claims

After you or a loved one has been involved in a serious car accident, you may choose to pursue a personal injury case. Every car accident is different, and it’s helpful to hire an attorney to help you through the process and fight for the compensation you deserve. You may choose to sue for damages to your property, as well as for medical bills and pain and suffering.

Neck, back, and head injuries are the top three most common injuries people incur after a car accident. Some neck and back injuries may be subtle, but head injuries can prove to be quite serious and life-altering. Sadly, in addition to those injuries, motor vehicle accidents rank within the top three leading causes of preventable injury-related deaths.

Catastrophic Injury Claims

If you’re filing a case against someone else after a serious car accident, your lawyer may choose to seek compensation for catastrophic injuries. A catastrophic injury is a life-altering or life-threatening injury. This includes ongoing hospitalization, medical treatment, extensive surgeries, or death.

Suppose you or a loved one has been through a catastrophic injury after a car accident. In that case, you may choose to sue for financial burdens and the emotional and physical burdens that you will have to endure for the rest of your life.

The main difference between a typical personal injury case and a catastrophic injury case are those two things; if the injury was life-altering or caused life-long threatening side effects. A debilitating injury can mean more compensation is deserved for you and your family to live as comfortably as possible for the remainder of your life.

If you or someone you know was recently injured in a car accident, contact Loscalzo & Loscalzo, P.C. at (646) 846-4776 to discuss your case with one of our personal injury attorneys today.