“Tort law” is a legal term to describe civil claims seeking monetary damages for injuries caused by the negligence of others. “Catastrophic tort” is the area of the law that deals with any accident caused by the fault of another that results in the victim sustaining a catastrophic injury.

A catastrophic injury is a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain, and may also include skull or spinal fractures. This is a subset of the definition for the legal term catastrophic injury, which is based on the definition used by the American Medical Association.

A catastrophic injury can necessitate a lifetime of medical care, or repeated reconstructive surgeries. Injuries that require significant medical treatment, or long-term or lifetime permanent disfigurement, impairment, or disability can be considered catastrophic personal injuries. Injuries this severe cause permanent disability, significant suffering, and substantially shorten an injured person’s lifespan up to and including premature death of the victim.

Due to their serious nature, catastrophic injuries often require a lifetime of ongoing medical treatment and personal care, especially if the accident victim is disabled and in need of permanent personal assistance. These types of injuries can be devastating to a family and many times result in the need for 24-hour care and assistance of the victim by family members and hired professionals.

If you or a loved one have suffered a catastrophic personal injury caused by the fault of another, we at Smolen Law consider it an honor and a privilege to help our clients navigate the court system to recover the compensation they are so clearly owed.


Smolen Law’s mission is to provide exceptional legal services with integrity, professionalism and respect. Choose the Oklahoma law firm that gets results—Smolen Law.



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