When you think of catastrophic injuries, you probably think of serious paralysis or brain injuries. You’re right that these are types of catastrophic injuries.
The classification “catastrophic injury” means that a person has suffered a severe injury to the spinal cord, brain or spine. Sometimes, spinal fractures and skull fractures are included in the classification.
Spinal fractures aren’t always discussed, but there are a few reasons that they are sometimes considered catastrophic. A fracture can mean that the bone has moved in a way that pinches or damages the spinal cord. Even a dislocation can cause bone fragments to damage the spinal nerves or the spinal cord itself. In severe cases, a person with a fracture may be unable to walk or could have chronic pain as a result of damage to the spinal cord or nerves of the spine.
Spinal fractures may be able to be treated and taking the pressure off the spinal cord may help reduce the symptoms of pain and dysfunction. Usually, treatments are based on how long ago the injury occurred and the type of damage that has been done.
What can you do if you’ve suffered a spinal injury in a crash or other accident?
If you suffer from a spinal injury in a crash, it is important that you get the medical help that you need. After you’ve received care, you may want to reach out to your attorney to begin a personal injury claim so that you can seek out the money you need. With good help, you will have the best chances of getting fair compensation.