Though all injuries are serious, some have the possibility to permanently change a victim’s life and leave him with overwhelming medical bills for years to come, in addition to years of pain. Here a just a few examples of catastrophic injuries.
- Traumatic brain injuries. In car crashes and other accidents, brain trauma is common due to forces acting on the body causing the brain to collide with the skull. Brain injuries can lead to a wide variety of symptoms, like personality changes, memory impairment, difficulty with motor skills, and many others. These impairments are unlikely to go away, and many require years of medical treatment or assistance.
- Spinal cord injuries. The spinal cord can be cut by sharp objects or bullets, or damaged by application of strong forces that crush or displace vertebrae. Regardless of how it happens, spinal cord damage changes a victim’s life forever. Below the point of injury, victims may experience decreased sensation, or even paralysis. If they are paralyzed, victims will need help performing basic tasks like dressing and housekeeping for years to come.
- Amputations. In cases of severe trauma, amputation of fingers, toes, or limbs may be necessary to deal with irreparable injuries. Adjusting to life after amputation is difficult for victims, and many victims require years of rehabilitation to live independently, in addition to costly medical supplies for the rest of their lives.
- Severe burns. Whether caused by exposure to chemicals or fire, burns can be excruciating, and they can have permanent effects on a victim’s quality of life. Deep burns cause skin damage and restriction of movement, and scarring from burns may disfigure a victim permanently.
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