What Catastrophic Injuries are Caused by Car Accidents?
Posted on December 19th, 2014 by Admin
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury are two types of severe injuries that fall into the category of catastrophic injuries. Both of these injuries often occur through auto accidents. If you or a loved one suffers a catastrophic injury as a result of a car accident in Atlanta, contact a lawyer at your first opportunity to find out about your legal rights.
The United States Code (42 USCS § 3796b) defines a catastrophic injury as one where the consequences of the injury permanently prevent the individual from performing any gainful work. Severe traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury often fall within the catastrophic injury category. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides statistics showing that the second-highest leading cause of TBI comes from motor vehicle traffic accidents (17 percent). However, statistics for spinal cord injury show that the greatest percentage of spinal cord injuries occur due to motor vehicle accidents—46 percent. The CDC also indicates that seatbelt use can reduce the odds of spinal cord injury by 60 percent, and combining seat belt and airbag use reduces the likelihood by 80 percent.
If someone else is responsible for a car crash that injures you or a loved one, grounds may exist to pursue a lawsuit and seek compensation. The CDC reports that that the average medical cost for spinal cord injury ranges from $15,000 to $30,000 a year. Estimated lifetime costs may range from $500,000 to more than $3 million, based on injury severity. Not just the injury is catastrophic, but so are the costs. However, any car accident injury can create a financial burden.
The Cochran Firm Atlanta can evaluate your prospects of pursuing accident case in a free consultation. Find out how we can help.