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How a catastrophic injury can affect your quality of life

On Behalf of | Jul 26, 2023 | Catastrophic Personal Injury |

Recovering from a catastrophic injury can be a difficult and overwhelming emotional and physical process. Not only do you have to accept the physical limitations that your body might face, but often these injuries will also significantly reduce your quality of life. 

How much does a catastrophic injury affect day-to-day activities such as work, leisure time, social interactions and more?

1. Physical

A catastrophic injury typically has profound, long-term effects on the victim. Life-altering physical symptoms may include:

  • Permanent disability
  • Chronic pain
  • Disfigurement
  • Lifestyle changes

Many people never fully recover from these kinds of injuries.

2. Emotional 

A catastrophic injury doesn’t just have physical implications; it can also have a profound emotional and psychological impact on the victim, such as:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Fear, shock, and guilt
  • Changes in self-perception and body image
  • Social isolation

Many of these require lifelong treatment, which can be costly.

3. Financial

A catastrophic personal injury’s physical and emotional impact often leads to substantial economic hardship. 

The initial medical costs following a catastrophic injury can be considerable, including emergency room visits, surgeries, hospital stays, and medications. Furthermore, many severe injuries may require long-term care, including physical therapy and rehabilitation.

In addition to mounting medical expenses, victims of catastrophic injury often face a loss of income or reduced earning capacity. They may be unable to work, or if they are, it may not be at the same level as before their injury.

A catastrophic personal injury can impact every facet of a person’s life. If you or a loved one is living with the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of someone’s negligence, it’s wise to learn more about your rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering and economic hardship.