When people think of catastrophic injuries, they often think of multiple broken bones or internal injuries like a punctured lung. These injuries are very serious, but a catastrophic injury doesn’t always look as bad as it is. Two of the most serious types of injuries are brain and spinal cord injuries, yet an injury like a concussion may only appear on the outside to be a bump on the head.
In many cases, a spinal cord injury will be immediately apparent because victims often notice that they don’t have feeling in their extremities or below the waist when they are being treated by emergency responders. The lack of pain in this case is an indication that something could be seriously wrong.
Brain injuries on the other hand can take some time before their full extent is clear. Sometimes victims may believe they just have a headache or bruise and then realize in a few days that there are major issues when more serious symptoms develop. This is one reason why anyone who has been involved in an accident should seek medical attention after the accident and be evaluated by a health care professional, who is better able to determine the true extent of the injuries.
Whether you were automobile, injured by a defective product or attacked by a dog, serious injuries can have a long-term impact on your ability to work, independent living skills and overall quality of life. A personal injury attorney can help you understand how a civil suit works and what damages you may be able to seek based on your injuries.