Some people involved in an accident were able to easily get up on their feet and leave the scene unharmed. However, others need to spend a long time trying to recover from it, especially if they sustained catastrophic injuries.
Catastrophic injuries can have long-term and serious effects to those who are suffering from it. They not only affect the person who sustained them, but also his loved ones who are required to take care of him during the process of his recovery.
Here are some examples of catastrophic injuries:
Burns are known as injuries to a person's tissue that can result from fires, the sun's heat, heated fluids or objects, electricity, or chemicals. They can be minor or severe, depending on their scope and the parts of the body that were affected.
In addition, burns can also require a person to spend much money for his medical treatment. For example, a man who is suffering from burn injuries, which cover 30% of his body, will likely need to pay $200,000 for his treatment. Aside from the money that he will pay to the doctors who provided him with immediate assistance, he will likely need to shoulder additional fees for surgical treatment and reconstruction later on.
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury can cause loss of sensation and movement or disability below the area of the body that has been injured in the accident. Many scientists are positive that advances in the researches that they are conducting will enable them to repair damaged spinal cords in the future. However, for now, rehabilitation and certain treatments will allow individuals with this injury to have an independent and productive life.
Here are some of the common symptoms of spinal cord injuries:
- Inability to feel touch, cold, and heat
- Loss of body movement
- Changes in fertility, sexual function, and sexual sensitivity
- Exaggerated spasms or reflex activities
- Difficulty in coughing or breathing
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
TBI is often sustained when a person experiences a violent and sudden blow to his head, causing his brain to collide with his skull. It will end up bruising the brain or tearing nerve fibers, which will cause bleeding.
It can also be sustained when hard objects shatter the skull and enter your brain tissue.
The severity of this injury will depend on different factors like the scope of the damage and the part of your brain that was affected in the accident. A mild TBI can also cause a person to suffer from temporary headache and confusion, but a severe one can result in his death.