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What Makes an Injury Catastrophic?

Each state has its own laws for personal injury claims, but some laws apply federally. The definition of a catastrophic injury is one such law.

According to 34 USC 10284, “’catastrophic injury’ means an injury, the direct and proximate consequences of which permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.”

In simpler terms, this means if you are no longer able to work after an accident, your injury is considered catastrophic.

Catastrophic injuries frequently arise after car accidents, slip-and-falls, and other events caused by negligence. The most common catastrophic injuries we see at our firm include:

If you’ve suffered any of the injuries above, May, Rammell & Wells can help you. We can also help clarify whether your injury is catastrophic or not and show the effects of your injury in settlement negotiations – and in court, if necessary.

Damages in Catastrophic Injury Lawsuits

Catastrophic injury lawsuits are very similar to personal injury lawsuits, which are addressed in Section 5-327 of the Idaho Statutes. Ultimately, the difference between a personal injury claim and a catastrophic injury claim comes down to damages.

Because catastrophic injuries take away your ability to work, you may need additional compensation to account for this loss.

A catastrophic injury lawsuit can help you recover lost earning potential, as well as:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of income
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Assistive care and devices
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • And more

It is difficult to overestimate the costs and consequences of a catastrophic injury. Your lawyer will help you understand the impact your injury will have on your past, present, and future and fight for the appropriate compensation.

This is especially true when you choose our attorneys at May, Rammell & Wells. Our catastrophic injury lawyers have over 70 years of combined experience and are dedicated to your success.

No case is too complex for us to handle.

If your injury has robbed you of your ability to work and live the way you did before your accident, please call us at (208) 623-8021 and tell us what happened. You can also contact us online for more information and to schedule a free consultation.

For our personal injury clients, if there is no recovery, there is no fee.


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  • 70+ Years of Collective Experience
  • Passionate About the Pursuit of Justice
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  • We Are Not Afraid to Take Your Case to Trial
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  • Backed by a History of Success

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