Life changing industries, which might also be described as “catastrophic” injuries, are generally defined as injuries that are so serious that they result in some form of permanent disability, long-term health problems and/or a reduction in the victim’s life expectancy. In other words, they are injuries that have the effect of changing the victim’s life for the future. In this article, we look at some of the most common types of life changing injury and explain how to claim compensation if you or a close relative have been unfortunate enough to sustain such serious injuries.
Types of life changing injuries
It is impossible to draw up a complete list of injuries that might accurately be described as “life changing.” However, here are some of the most common:
Injury to the brain
Any head injury that results in damage to the brain has the potential to be truly life changing, if not life threatening. Less serious brain injury may result in relatively modest changes to the life of the victim. However, more serous head injuries can cause severe damage, resulting in the victim being incapable of work or independent living and being reliant on full time care for the remainder of his or her life, with seriously reduced mental abilities.
Spinal cord injuries
Injuries to the spinal cord also vary in degree, which in turn, impacts upon the extent to which they necessitate changes being made to the life of a victim. Injury to the back may result in bruising and pressure on the spinal cord. At its most serious however, a spinal cord injury may result in paraplegia or quadriplegia, rendering the victim reliant on the care of others and restricting their mobility without the assistance of specialised equipment.
Loss of a limb or limbs
The impact of the loss of a limb will depend, to a great extent, upon which limb is amputated. Although the loss of a finger or thumb may well adversely impact on the life of a victim, losing an arm or a leg will clearly have more serious, life changing consequences.
One of the most extreme consequences of oxygen deprivation is the impact that it has on the brain. If the brain does not receive the oxygen it requires to function properly, it might well sustain permanent, severely disabling harm, resulting in significant life changing consequences for the victim.
Burns, scalds and scars
Sever burns, scalds and scars, which can never be entirely concealed, can also have a dramatic, life changing impact on a victim, which is not limited to the physical consequences. Many victims of burns and scalds suffer from extreme depression and a permanent loss of confidence and require long-term emotional and psychological support services.
Claiming compensation for life changing injuries
If the life changing injury was caused through the fault of someone else, it is likely that you will be able to make a claim for compensation against them. By their nature, life changing injuries command the greatest amounts of compensation, which can sometimes run into the millions. For that reason, it is important to consult a personal injury lawyer who has experience in claims of this kind. Most claims have to be made within three years of the event giving rise to the injuries, so it is important to take early advice from a specialist personal injury lawyer.