What Features Characterize A Catastrophic Personal Injury?

Personal injury lawyers seek a fair compensation for any client that has sustained a catastrophic injury. Any accident victim ought to have some appreciation for the features associated with each of the various catastrophic injuries.

ICBC Lawyers in Surrey know that the consequences linked to such an injury can keep the affected victim from pursuing a way to earn a living. Someone that has become paralyzed as the result of an accident might need to face such consequences. The educational level of the victim could also work to determine the extent to which an accident-related condition has eliminated the victim’s ability to earn a living.

Consequences associated with the lifestyle of the person that has sustained a catastrophic injury.

Although he or she may not be able to work, that does not mean that the same accident victim gets to enjoy lots of time pursuing activities of interest. Instead, such victims suffer a decline in their enjoyment of activities, such as travel, exercise and pursuit of a hobby. In addition, the same victim’s lifestyle might reflect the presence of specific emotional problems. Those are usually feelings such as anxiety, depression and uncertainty. That uncertainty explains the existence of one common feature.

Just about every person that has sustained a catastrophic injury has suffered some form of physical trauma. Their ability to have survived that trauma has not allowed them to remain free of its effects. Those effects work to cause the victim’s uncertainty. The lack of an ability to earn a living, or the challenge of finding a way to earn a living can deprive the affected victims of financial stability. Because each of them lacks that financial stability, each of them lives with a feeling of uncertainty.

By the same token, their condition might not be one with which members of the medical community are greatly familiar. Sometimes medicine learns how to correct a problem, but does not know how the correction could affect a patient’s future. Take for example, the way that neurosurgeons can now place a ventricular shunt in someone that developed hydrocephalus, as the result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). That shunt drains away the fluid that would otherwise collect in the brain. Still, it can also create other issues. For instance, it forces a young woman to deal with the fact that she must deal with a high-risk pregnancy, if she hopes to have children. Later, that same woman, and any male that had been given such a shunt could face an uncertain future.

Until now, no adult has lived for a prolonged time with a ventricular shunt. The medical community can only guess at the length of the lifetime of such a victim. That explains their feelings of uncertainty.