Difference Between Catastrophic and Non Catastrophic Injury

Post By Corey Heit

Injuries of any kind that result from the negligence of another can be a big cause for concern. And even after receiving appropriate medical care following an accident, you may be a little confused about the differences between certain types of injuries that often arise in personal injury claims.

Understanding the difference between catastrophic and non-catastrophic injuries will be a big help to you as you start the process of filing a personal injury claim. Below we take a look at these differences and the kind of damages in catastrophic injury cases that you might expect to see.

The Difference between Catastrophic and Non-Catastrophic Injury

There are some key differences between a catastrophic injury and a non-catastrophic injury. Both can result from negligent acts, such as a car accident, dog bites, or even slip and fall accidents. But both types of injuries ultimately have different impacts on the person who has been injured.

Catastrophic injuries are injuries that will leave individuals with long term and life changing impacts. These kinds of injuries often require long term or extensive treatment. They also often impact one’s ability to live, work, and go about their daily lives. Catastrophic injury examples

A non-exhaustive list of catastrophic injuries includes:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Severe burns
  • Brain and head injuries
  • Loss of hearing, vision, etc…
  • Loss of limb or amputation
  • Other serious injuries that result in a long term disability

Non-catastrophic injuries are injuries that you are expected to recover from. They can still be severe injuries, but they typically will not require lifetime, ongoing treatment. Just like catastrophic injuries, they can fall under a few different categories:

  • Concussions and other head injuries
  • Bruises, cuts, and lacerations
  • Sprains
  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Fractures

Damages in Catastrophic Injury Cases and Non-Catastrophic Injury Cases

The damages that you might expect to see in both catastrophic and non-catastrophic injury cases are very similar to what you would see in any kind of personal injury claim.

Damages could include:

  • Medical expenses – both current and future
  • Lost income – both current and future
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering

The number of damages you may receive from your claim will vary based on different factors including the severity of your injury, how it occurred, and other relevant facts of the case.

Communication with Non-Catastrophic and Catastrophic Health Insurance in Ohio

Following an accident where you sustain either a catastrophic or non-catastrophic injury, one stressful part of filing a personal injury claim that might worry you is handling communication with your health insurance and the negligent party’s health insurance.

A catastrophic injury lawyer will be well-versed in handling insurance communications and complications, including an insurance company denying claims.

That’s why connecting with the right lawyer can be hugely beneficial to you in the aftermath of an accident.

Consult with a Personal Injury Lawyer for Assistance Seeking Catastrophic Injury Compensation in Ohio

If you have been hurt in an accident recently and need legal representation as you seek appropriate compensation, please reach out to Heit Law, LLC today. I can provide legal advice and representation to you or your loved one as you look to file a personal injury claim – for a non-catastrophic or catastrophic injury.

We help handle communication between catastrophic health insurance in Ohio, making sure all necessary deadlines are met, and work to get you compensation for your injuries so you can get back to your everyday life.

We work on a contingency fee basis which means that you don’t pay attorney fees unless we win. Contact us today at 614-898-5300 or reach out online today to set up a free consultation.

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