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What are some types of catastrophic injuries after a car accident?

Posted by Brad Ponder | Jan 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

We know that any injury can be difficult to endure after a car accident. However, there are some situations in which the injuries you suffer can be more damaging than normal. Some of the most common accidents in car accidents are those involving soft tissue damage, but there are some that are more catastrophic.

If you suffer a catastrophic injury in a car accident, it's vital to recognize just how this type of damage can impact your ability to pursue compensation. Below, we'll detail the most common catastrophic injuries and how they can impact your life moving forward.

The most common catastrophic injuries include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Disfigurement

If you suffer a catastrophic injury in a car accident resulting from someone else's negligence, we're here to help. Call our firm today at 888-201-0305  or contact us online for a free consultation.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury can be one of the worst types of injuries you can suffer. Commonly referred to as a TBI, this type of injury can impact your memory, balance and coordination, developmental abilities, cognitive abilities, motor function, and more.

Minor traumatic brain injuries, such as a concussion, can be just as damaging as any other type of injury. A traumatic brain injury has long-term effects on those who suffer them, which can impact how much you may recover when seeking compensation for your damages.

Spinal Cord Injuries

A spine or spinal cord injury may not always be serious, but there are times when it can lead to paralysis. There are multiple forms of paralysis, each impacting a different part of your body. Here are the different types of paralysis you may suffer:

  • Monoplegia impacts one limb
  • Hemiplegia impacts one half of the body
  • Paraplegia impacts the lower extremities
  • Quadriplegia (or tetraplegia) impacts all four limbs

Any paralysis can be complete or incomplete. Incomplete paralysis means that you may still have some function in the impacted limbs. Complete paralysis can result in full functionality loss in the effective limbs.

Burn Injuries

Burn injuries range in severity. Most people experience first-degree burns in many different situations, such as in a sunburn or by accidentally touching something hot. However, second and third-degree burns can go beyond the top two layers of skin and deeper into the affected area.

Burn injuries can occur because of hot or scalding water or items, fire and flames, chemical exposure, excessive radiation, and more. Recognizing where negligence plays a role can be vital to your ability to pursue compensation.

Broken Bones

While broken bones are not always severe, there are some devastating fractures that can lead to long-term damage. If a broken bone heals incorrectly, it can also result in long-term pain and suffering that factors into your ability to obtain compensation.


Permanent disfigurement often results in mental trauma as much as the physical damages. Someone who suffers permanent disfigurement may have trouble with their social life, but it can also cause physical pain which must factor into compensation—usually for non-economic damages.

At Ponder Legal Group, we're committed to helping our clients through some of the most complex times of their lives. If you suffer any kind of injury, you deserve to pursue compensation. When you suffer a catastrophic injury, our goal is to help maximize the compensation you may recover.

Our Birmingham car accident attorneys go above and beyond to provide you with the highest level of advocacy and protect your rights from insurance adjusters. Trust that we'll be by your side throughout the entire process, helping you focus on your recovery while we handle the legal matters on your behalf.

Ready to discuss your case in a free consultation? Call our firm today at 888-201-0305  or contact us online for a free consultation.

About the Author

Brad Ponder

Brad specializes in complex litigation, including class actions and mass torts in both state and federal court. He represents consumer and business owners in a variety of lawsuits, including class actions and high-stakes litigation against major corporations. 


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