What is a Catastrophic Personal Injury?

Dedicated Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Victims of Catastrophic Injuries in Will, Lake, Kane, DuPage, and Cook Counties

Although all personal injuries involve different degrees of damages, pain, and recovery, catastrophic personal injuries are typically injuries specific to the spine, brain, spinal cord, and/or skull or spinal fractures. These injuries can also be differentiated by the type and extent of medical care they require, sometimes necessitating a lifetime of care, rehabilitation, surgery, permanent disfigurement, disabilities, and other maladies. They can also have lasting impacts on the victim’s family, particularly if the victim’s life is cut short due to the injury.

Levin & Perconti has historically represented many victims who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries. These cases can be extremely complex and very expensive to pursue. We have the medical/legal knowledge, experience and resources to pursue significant injury claims. Our clients have sustained major injuries that impact their everyday lives, and our Chicago personal injury lawyers can help you recover the compensation you need and deserve.

Catastrophic Medical & Work Issues

Catastrophic personal injuries can come about as the result of:

  • Bone fractures;
  • Accidental amputation or dismemberment;
  • Traumatic brain injury;
  • Injuries that result in paralysis;
  • Damage to the spinal cord;
  • Severe head trauma or burn injuries; and
  • Others.

After the incident that gives rise to the catastrophic injury, victims may face:

  • Ongoing medical care and treatment
  • Large medical bills
  • The inability to work
  • Wage loss
  • Loss of independence/ Need for full-time care
  • The inability to walk or drive
  • Chronic pain

In other words, these injuries are not only catastrophic in terms of medical repercussions, but in terms of job consequences as well; they can permanently prevent someone from returning to their previous job or another type of employment. This is due to a variety of injuries and circumstances, as well as other organs and systems in the body that are affected.

Many times, these injuries cause fatality, permanent, severe functional disability, and/or severe head or neck trauma. Sometimes, these injuries can result from auto accidents, or as the result of medical malpractice/during surgery.


The types of damages sought in catastrophic injury cases often involve seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, permanent disability, and others. In many of these cases, victims need lifelong, live-in care, and the damages must be enough to cover this care for the rest of their lives.

Contact Us Today

Because of the potentially life-altering impact of a catastrophic injury, victims should seek legal recourse to help offset the high costs of an injury.Contact us to discuss your case and how we can help you pursue legal action. Call 312-332-2872, toll-free at 877-374-1417, or fill out our Free Online Case Evaluation form and a Chicago personal injury attorney will call you back at the number you provide.

Margaret, Daisy and Bryan. This magnificent cohesive team led by Margaret represented us for my mom's nursing home wrongful death case. They were most patient and responded timely to many questions throughout the entire process. All demonstrated professionalism and extensive knowledge of case and state laws. Their in-depth investigative work uncovered details which were unknown to us and yet sadly confirmed our suspicions. We would recommend the Levin and Perconti Law firm and especially this team. Kathy and Ron
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Peconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. My family and I will always be grateful for the compassion that they showed us. I want to thank you for what you did for my family, and for always being there for us. W.R., Medical Malpractice Client
Our deepest appreciation to the law firm of Levin & Perconti, and in particular to Margaret Battersby Black, in the handling of the lawsuit we field n behalf of our sister who sustained life-threatening injuries as a nursing home resident. Margaret’s representation, guidance, and professionalism gave us the sense that we could put our trust in Levin & Perconti and the final outcome proved that to be true. D.G., Nursing Home Client
I want to send my heartfelt thanks to John Perconti and the Levin & Perconti staff in taking our case. Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf. M.R.Z., nursing home client
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti, and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Perconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. W.R., medical malpractice client