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What Injuries Count as Catastrophic Injuries— and What to Do If You’ve Been in One

Catastrophic injuries can change your life in the blink of an eye. One day, you could be walking into work or driving your car down the road and the next, you could be in bed unable to move or waking up with a missing limb or major bodily reconstruction.

By knowing what kinds of accidents are considered catastrophic accidents, you can determine whether they will require you to make a case and what kind of attorney you will need to work with. Below is a list of the most common catastrophic accidents and what to do if you’ve been in one of these situations.

Sport and Recreational Activities

Imagine driving an ATV or professionally riding a BMX bike when, all of a sudden, a patch of unkempt track or a mistake on behalf of the competition organizers leads to a back or spinal cord injury that affects your life dramatically. This kind of accident happens more than you would think and affects countless individuals worldwide each year.

Construction Accidents

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “4,693 worker fatalities occurred in private industry in 2016…991 of those fatalities, or 21.1% of those deaths, were doing some kind of construction work.” A simple slip from a high point, a misuse of a work tool, or being hit on the head could quickly lead to a catastrophic injury or fatality.

Medical Mistakes

According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins, more than 250,000 people in the United States die each year as a result of medical mistakes, making it the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.

Medical mistakes can often take what was a simple procedure and turn it into a life-threatening one. In this life-altering situation, it is crucial to have a catastrophic injuries attorney on your side.

Car Accidents

As expected, car accidents account for a large number of catastrophic accidents nationwide. In fact, in California alone, more than 3,000 people die every year in car accidents. Being in the Valencia area, you are likely well aware of how dangerous drivers can be, which is why being prepared and alert is essential on the road.

Workplace Accidents

Just as construction accidents are a leading cause of workplace accidents, office workers, as well as other extreme job holders such as cable men and firefighters, face workplace accidents each and every day. These accidents can lead to electrocution, brain injury, back injuries, and many other catastrophic injuries that are typically highly unexpected and devastating.

Now knowing some of the leading catastrophic injury causes and how to avoid them, all that is left is finding a responsible catastrophic injuries attorney in the Valencia area to represent you in your catastrophic injury case.

With this said, if you are either in Valencia, Santa Clarita, or Canyon Country, give the Law Office of C. Ray Carlson a call for a free consultation regarding your case! We’re always willing and ready to help!


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