What Qualifies as Catastrophic Injury in Nevada?

Car accidents are one of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries. When you’re involved in a car accident, your insurance will pay for medical bills and lost wages.

Catastrophic injuries can be defined as any injury that causes a significant change in a person’s lifestyle, such as paralysis or brain damage. The definition of catastrophic injury differs depending on the type of insurance you have and the case it caters to.

In this article, we take a look at catastrophic injury in Nevada and study some of the cases that qualify within the use.

What Qualifies as a Catastrophic Injury?

Catastrophic injuries are serious injuries that can leave you with a lifetime of medical bills and other expenses. For example, if you have a traumatic brain injury from an accident, it could take months or even years for your body to heal completely.

In the meantime, you’ll need physical therapy and may also have to hire someone else to do jobs around the house that would typically be done by yourself. These costs can quickly add up over time and create a significant financial burden.


Amputation is the loss of a body part. It is typically partial or complete, though it can also be partial and below the knee.

Amputations are generally caused by trauma (i.e., an accident), disease or congenital deformities.

Partial amputation may affect:

  • fingers
  • toes
  • hands or feet

Brain Damage

Brain damage is a serious injury that can cause devastating effects on your life. Brain damage can be caused by a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is an impact to the head resulting in bleeding or swelling of the brain, or by a stroke—a loss of blood supply to part of the brain that results when a blood vessel ruptures or leaks.

Brain injuries can have many symptoms, including headaches and seizures, memory loss and cognitive impairment.

Multiple Fractures

There are several categories of fracture that can be considered catastrophic.

  • Multiple fractures: If you have multiple fractures, this will likely qualify as a catastrophic injury and allow you to seek financial compensation for your injuries.
  • Wheelchair injuries: If you are in a wheelchair due to the accident, this may also be considered a catastrophic injury in Nevada.
  • Spinal cord injuries: In some cases, spinal cord injuries will qualify as catastrophic injuries under Nevada law if they result from an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness.

Burns or Spinal Cord Injuries

Burns can be caused by a fire or explosion. Burns may heal over time but are often very serious and require life-saving surgery.

Spinal cord injuries are usually caused by accidents, such as car accidents or workplace accidents. Spinal cord injuries can cause paralysis or other permanent disabilities that require lifelong care.

Some people who suffer from catastrophic injuries may be entitled to compensation through a lawsuit against the person or company responsible for causing the accident.


Catastrophic injuries are very serious injuries that can have a huge impact on your life. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident and qualifies for a catastrophic injury, then it’s essential to know what kind of compensation you may be entitled to.

You should contact the knowledgeable accident lawyers at the Bourassa Law Group as soon as possible if you’ve suffered injuries in a Nevada accident. They can help you establish the other party’s responsibility for the damages. Call us at (800)870-8910 for a free consultation!

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