Most people would agree that our capacity to see, hear, move, work and communicate is essential to a full life. Yet each one of these abilities is a priceless gift most of us daily take for granted. For persons who have sustained serious and life changing injuries, it is impossible to put a price value on loss in even one of these areas. Because, assessment, rehabilitation and long term care costs for serious injuries, are high, financial issues must be considered. The term catastrophic impairment is an attempt to fairly define the amount of loss in one or more areas, regarding whole body impairment.
Catastrophic injuries may include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Paraplegia or Quadriplegia
- Loss of one or more limbs
- Blindness in both eyes
For people who have suffered catastrophic injuries, life is irreversibly altered. Victims are affected physically and psychologically. Everyday activities regarding self-care, work, relationships and communication may become impossible or at best a struggle.
It is understood that from the point of the injury on, victims require medical care. This includes assessment, rehabilitation and ongoing medical and psychological care and support. The costs are staggering. If the injuries have been caused by the negligence of someone else the victim is legally entitled to financial compensation. For the purposes of benefit entitlement, definitions of impairment may be used as a tool, to equate the percentage of impairment with a corresponding dollar amount. Injuries deemed catastrophic are automatically assigned a higher amount.
Significant progress has been made, regarding research and rehabilitation in the field of serious and catastrophic injury. In order to ensure access to the services necessary, prompt, experienced and committed legal support is critical. Scott Furlong Ford personal injury lawyers have access to a full network of medical and related professionals. We help our clients to create a new life with a positive outlook and we have a proven track record for winning the benefits required to make it happen
The Scott Furlong Ford personal injury lawyers service clients throughout the areas of Oshawa, Whitby, Pickering and the greater Durham Region.