Spinal cord injuries: Devastating injuries to the neck or back can result in trauma to the spinal cord. Since the spinal cord is responsible for transmitting signals from the brain to the rest of the body, spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are about 273,000 people currently living with spinal cord injuries in the United States and there are approximately 12,000 new cases each year.Severe damage to the brain
: Mild concussions do not typically result in catastrophic brain injuries, but severe damage to the brain can have permanent consequences. Victims of catastrophic brain injuries often suffer from physical and mental disabilities. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury annuallyBurn injuries
: Severe burns can result in permanent disfigurement and nerve damage. Burn injuries are considered catastrophic when a significant portion of the body is permanently damaged.Internal organ damage
: In a car accident or devastating fall, it is possible to sustain severe internal damage. When the heart, lungs, liver, spleen or other organ is permanently damaged, it could affect every aspect of the victim's life.Multiple bone fractures
: A single bone fracture can heal over a period of weeks or months with proper treatment. When someone suffers multiple bone fractures in the same accident, he or she may experience long-term effects. Some victims of multiple bone fractures never regain their strength and mobility and experience a lifetime of reduced physical abilities.
: Any loss of limbs is a significant catastrophic injury. Such injuries may occur as a result of car crashes or on-the-job injuries. Injured victims are often unable to work or return to their jobs after an accident that involves an amputation. Medical expenses and cost of equipment such as prosthetics can also add up very quickly.