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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by Founding Partner, Terry Crouppen who has more than 40 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney. Our last modified date shows when this page was last reviewed.

Catastrophic injuries have permanent, life-changing impacts on victims. Missouri residents who have sustained catastrophic injuries may have a strong case for compensation if their injuries were caused or exacerbated by another person’s negligence or carelessness. Contact Brown & Crouppen Law Firm’s experienced team of award-winning attorneys to get connected with a St. Louis catastrophic injury lawyer. Brown & Crouppen is dedicated to helping you explore your legal options and seek the compensation you deserve.

A catastrophic injury is so serious that it causes lifelong effects. Catastrophic injuries permanently alter the lives of victims, with devastating effects on their livelihoods, physical health, and mental well-being. Sometimes, catastrophic injuries occur due to the carelessness or negligence of others. In these situations, victims deserve justice and compensation for their medical bills, pain, suffering, and other losses.

If you or a loved one has experienced a catastrophic injury, contact Brown & Crouppen today for a free consultation with one of our award-winning St. Louis personal injury lawyers

What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

A catastrophic injury is a serious one—usually resulting from an accident— that permanently affects the victim and their quality of life. Catastrophic injuries are so severe that the injured person will never fully recover, and they frequently leave the person permanently disfigured or scarred. 

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Accidents That Cause Catastrophic Injuries

A variety of accidents may result in catastrophic injuries. Examples include the following:

While these are some of the more common causes of catastrophic injuries, any accident could result in life-changing injuries. Many of these accidents are preventable and occur because of others’ negligence or carelessness. 

When catastrophic accidents occur due to someone else’s actions, you are entitled to damages to compensate for your pain and suffering. Contact Brown & Crouppen to learn more about your options for recovering financial damages.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are caused by a violent external force, such as a blow to the head or sudden jolt. They can result in lifelong damage and disabilities, often necessitating long-term medical care and intensive physical therapy.  

Often caused by motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, and slip and fall accidents, severe traumatic brain injuries can permanently impact a person’s ability to focus, communicate, or perform basic physical tasks. 

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are among the most dangerous and permanently debilitating catastrophic injuries. They frequently result in partial or full paralysis, numbness and loss of sensation, serious back pain, and breathing difficulties. These injuries are difficult to treat and often cause permanent loss of quality of life.

Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries are car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, sports accidents, serious falls, workplace accidents, and medical malpractice. 


Burn injuries are some of the most painful and devastating catastrophic injuries, often requiring extensive medical interventions, including repeated surgeries and skin grafts. Burns can potentially have serious medical complications, including permanent disfigurement, infections, and psychological complications.

Structural fires, hot water, workplace accidents, product defects, and motor vehicle accidents are some common causes of serious burns. Many of these injuries are preventable and occur only due to negligence and unsafe products.


Unfortunately, death is a common result for victims of catastrophic injuries. However, legal action is possible even after the victim’s death. I

In Missouri, you can file a wrongful death suit when a loved one dies from a catastrophic accident caused by someone else’s negligence. 

Brown & Crouppen’s compassionate team has provided top-notch legal representation to the surviving family members of those killed in accidents. We represent wrongful death cases involving motor vehicle accidents, severe burns, workplace accidents, serious falls, and other causes of catastrophic injury.

How Long Do I Have to File a Catastrophic Injury Claim?

Every state has its rules governing the deadlines for filing personal injury lawsuits. Missouri’s statute of limitations for filing a catastrophic personal injury lawsuit is five years. Therefore, you have five years from the injury date to file a lawsuit for compensation.

It is important to contact an experienced catastrophic injury lawyer as soon as possible following the accident. One of Brown & Crouppen’s award-winning attorneys can help you to navigate the intricacies of Missouri’s statute of limitations and seek the justice you deserve.

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Catastrophic Injury Compensation

Following a catastrophic injury, victims have the right to seek compensation for the damage done during the incident. This compensation can cover the following, among other things:

  • Medical expenses: A catastrophic injury often necessitates that victims spend significant time in the hospital and undergo costly surgeries and therapies. Other medical expenses could include the costs of medication and medical equipment, such as wheelchairs. 
  • Pain and suffering: The life-changing nature of a catastrophic injury undoubtedly causes a great deal of physical pain and emotional suffering. The victim can seek compensation for the emotional and physical burden of living with a permanent injury.
  • Lost wages: When a catastrophic accident occurs, it frequently prevents the victim from being able to work, either temporarily or permanently. Victims may seek compensation for lost wages resulting from the accident.     
  • Punitive damages: If another person’s malicious or intentionally harmful actions caused your injury, the court may also require them to pay a certain amount as punishment.

Why Hire a Lawyer for a Catastrophic Injury Claim?

Catastrophic injuries have devastating and lifelong effects on your physical, emotional, and mental health, and you should be compensated for your suffering and losses. An attorney with experience handling catastrophic injury cases in your state will be able to help you navigate the legal procedures associated with filing a claim.

A St. Louis catastrophic injury lawyer at Brown & Crouppen will help you prove negligence, manage complex legal processes, and pursue compensation for your pain and suffering.

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How B&C Can Help With Your Catastrophic Injury Claim

At Brown & Crouppen Law Firm, we understand how difficult and life-changing a catastrophic injury can be. We are dedicated to doing everything possible to help you seek fair compensation for all the damage caused by your injury, from costly medical bills to the emotional and psychological suffering you experienced.

A skilled St. Louis catastrophic injury attorney at Brown & Crouppen will fight for your legal rights and aggressively pursue all possible sources of compensation. Contact us anytime at (314) 501-9510 or fill out our online form for a free case consultation to see how we can help.



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