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Ontario Car Accident Law – Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Car accidents may result in serious and catastrophic injuries to those involved. For instance, a Kingston resident driving his car on the highway may sustain catastrophic injuries after a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer.

There are different types of catastrophic injuries including, but not limited to:

  • blindness in one or both eyes,
  • amputation of a limb, e.g., leg or arm,
  • paraplegia or quadriplegia, and
  • severe brain injury.

In addition to these injuries, there may be other catastrophic injuries:

  • injury resulting in severe impairment of the whole person, and
  • injury resulting in severe mental or behavioral impairment.

The road to recovery for catastrophically injured victims is often a long and arduous one. Victims may require multiple orthopedic surgeries and long-term medical treatment and rehabilitation. In addition, victims often cannot work for a long period of time. Worse, they may not be able to return to their previous jobs for the rest of their lives. Using the above example of a head-on tractor-trailer accident, let’s assume the injured driver suffers a traumatic brain injury. He has memory problems and often has difficulty concentrating which prevents him from returning to his job as a financial advisor. If he is the sole financial provider in the family, his family will be faced with incredible financial stress.

Catastrophic injuries do not only affect the victims physically, they also affect them psychologically and emotionally. Again, using the above example, let’s assume that as a result of the head-on collision, the driver does not suffer a traumatic brain injury but suffers catastrophic orthopedic injuries requiring amputation of his legs. Prior to the accident, he was very active and loved being outdoors. He would run almost every day to exercise. He would go on hikes, ride his bike, etc. Because of his catastrophic injuries, he can no longer do those things and is confined to a wheel chair. As a result, he becomes severely depressed. He doesn’t want to leave the house and does not want to see his friends. Thus, he needs to be treated for his severe depression.

An experienced catastrophic car accident lawyer can help victims with their accident benefits claims and ensure that they can access accident benefits to help them deal with their catastrophic injuries. In addition, an experienced car accident lawyer can help victims financially recover from the at-fault drivers for the following damages:

  • medical and rehabilitation costs not covered by OHIP or accident benefits,
  • past and future lost pay not covered by accident benefits, and
  • pain and suffering damages.

Therefore, it is important for catastrophically injured motorists in Kingston to seek legal advice after car accidents. An experienced catastrophic car accident lawyer can help victims present the best legal claims for the most financial compensation.

Kingston, Ontario Catastrophic Car Accident Lawyers

If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident and sustained catastrophic injuries, the car accident lawyers at Bergeron Clifford can help. Call to schedule a FREE consultation today. 866-384-5886

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