Catastrophic Injury vs. Personal Injury Claims: What's the Difference?

Although sustaining injuries can be traumatic regardless of the severity of them, in the eyes of the law, some injuries are treated differently. For example, if an injury renders you permanently disabled, this is considered a catastrophic injury. Whether or not your case is considered a catastrophic injury case or a personal injury case will impact the potential damages you will be able to recover since catastrophic injuries tend to require greater expenses for more intense long-term care.

Personal Injury Cases

While personal injuries can certainly be serious, they are generally temporary. A victim of a personal injury is more likely to be able to make a full recovery and return to his or her daily activities, including work, without experiencing lingering effects of the injury. Personal injuries also include emotional injuries, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Catastrophic Injury Cases

Unlike personal injuries, catastrophic injuries tend to affect victims for the rest of their lives and are unable to recover or resume the life they enjoyed prior to sustaining their injuries. Not only do these injuries inflict a vast amount of pain and have life-altering effects, but they are also usually expensive to treat.

Some of the most common catastrophic injuries include:

Traumatic brain injuries


Spinal cord injuries

Severe burn injuries

Loss of hearing or vision


Since victims of catastrophic injuries tend to suffer disabilities that prevent them from returning to work, the financial losses associated with their injuries are also taken into account when it comes to compensation.

Kansas City Catastrophic Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one suffered a catastrophic injury, you need an award-winning attorney on your side who will fight on your behalf to obtain the compensation you need and deserve. At DiPasquale Moore, our Kansas City legal team takes the time to meet your needs in the best way we know. You should not have to bear this burden alone. Reach out to us today.

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