Catastrophic Tort

“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 and significant suffering, and substantially shorten an injured person’s life span up to and including premature death of the victim.

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