When the body is severely injured, the damage may be catastrophic. It’s important for everyone in Mississippi and around the country to be aware of the different kinds of accidents that can happen – along with their catastrophic consequences.
What makes an injury catastrophic?
Generally, injuries are considered catastrophic when they occur suddenly, change a person’s life in major ways, and have a long-term impact. No matter what type of catastrophic injury it is, it’s not going to be minor.
There are, however, different severity levels of these injury types. The appropriate response to these incidents and the expected recovery time depends heavily on what type of injury the person is dealing with.
Some of the most commonly seen forms of catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Eye injuries
The effects of a catastrophic injury
When a person has suffered from a traumatic brain injury, there is the potential for issues with cognition and emotions. In some cases, the damage can be so severe that the person’s memory is impacted and they might not recognize their loved ones. Nerve damage causes numbness and muscular weakness that results in dropping things or tripping unexpectedly.
These four examples are some of the most serious injury types. But catastrophic injuries come in many different forms and cause a range of damage to the body. Some injuries result in paralysis, hearing loss, neurological damage, or crush damage – which is literally damage done to the body by being crushed by an object, sometimes resulting in crush syndrome.
Awareness of these serious types of injuries is a crucial part of preparedness if an accident ever does occur. No one ever plans for these things to happen, but when you prepare ahead of time, you may be able to react more quickly and confidently.