Catastrophic vs. Non-Catastrophic Injuries

December 5, 2022
By Clawson Fargnoli Utsey, LLC

Injuries are classified as catastrophic if they cause so much damage that the victim suffers from lifelong disabilities. Leaving them to struggle moving forward because of their inability to care for themself or live life the way they once were being severely affected. After an accident, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately because not all injuries have immediate symptoms. Getting medical attention right away can help increase the chances of the condition worsening and the damage becoming more severe.

Types and Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

These injuries are typically so severe they are debilitating, leaving victims with minimal chances of ever fully recovering. These injuries also often leave victims not only facing physical challenges but mental ones as well because they require so many adjustments.


  • Construction accidents
  • Trucking accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Injuries on unsafe premises

Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries

  • Brain injuries that lead to the inability to care for oneself
  • Spinal cord injuries that lead to paralysis
  • Burns that cause disfiguration
  • Organ damage

Types and Causes of Non-Catastrophic Injuries

Non-catastrophic injuries can also be severe, but unlike catastrophic injuries, victims are expected to fully recover and return to everyday life.


  • Car accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Dog bites

Common Types of Non-Catastrophic Injuries

  • Head injuries like concussions
  • Broken bones
  • Burns that are likely to heal
  • Bruises or cuts

Contact an Attorney

Attempting to seek financial compensation after sustaining catastrophic injuries caused by another person’s negligence can be challenging without the proper knowledge or experience. This is why it is strongly recommended to consider working with an attorney before filing a claim to ensure you have a successful case.

Here at Clawson Fargnoli Utsey, LLC, we have a team of skilled personal injury lawyers who want to see you win. With years of experience handling these cases, our attorneys have what it takes to get you the compensation you are owed. We are dedicated to top-notch legal counsel and giving all of our clients the support they need allowing them time to focus on a full and healthy recovery. Let us help you.

Contact us today at or visit us online to schedule your free case review with a member of our team.