Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries are injuries that usually occur without warning and have an enormous impact on a person’s life. Some common catastrophic injuries include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, accidental amputation, severe burns, multiple fractures, and a variety of other neurological disorders. This type of injury frequently causes major disruptions to the central nervous system. Because of this disturbance, many other systems of the body are then affected.

There is no set definition of what a catastrophic injury is because the cause of a severe disruption can vary. Most of the time, an injury is considered catastrophic if the injured individual is not expected to recover from the injury completely, ever.

Some types of injuries that are commonly considered catastrophic include:

  • Serious head trauma
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Foot injuries
  • Neurological disorders
  • Brain injury or damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Severe burns
  • Accidental amputation
  • Multiple bone fractures

This class of injuries can result in loss of movement, reduced sensation, and minimal communicative and cognitive abilities. In addition, any catastrophic injury can also affect respiration, circulation, skin, the urinary system, the gastrointestinal system, and a variety of other body systems. It is very difficult to manage the injury and its repercussions. Depending on the injury, a person many have significant disability when it comes to finding a job or maintaining one.

Because a person with a catastrophic injury is likely to require extensive medical care and frequently round-the-clock care, it is possible for an individual who has been the victim of a catastrophic injury to qualify for social security disability insurance.

Contact an Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer

If you or a loved one has experienced a catastrophic injury and been denied social security coverage, contact the Indianapolis social security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 to discuss the situation and to determine the legal options.