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.