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A serious or fatal accident. A person or thing injured, lost, or destroyed. A disastrous occurrence due to sudden, unexpected, or unusual cause. Accident; misfortune or mishap; that which comes by chance or without design. A loss from such an event or cause, as by fire, shipwreck, lightning, etc.

An inevitable casualty is one that occurs through no fault of anyone. It happens totally without design, as in the case of an accident resulting from an act of God, such as a house struck by lightning or flooded by a storm.

A casualty loss is a tax deduction that can be taken for an accident that is incurred in a trade or business, in a transaction entered into for profit, or for the complete or partial loss or destruction of property owned by the taxpayer. It arises from certain specific events such as a fire, an auto accident, or a flood. Casualty losses are computed subject to special rules and are treated as itemized deductions.

Many people purchase casualty insurance so that they will be protected or covered in the event of specific misfortune or accident. It is a type of insurance that covers losses resulting from injuries to people.


n. 1) an accident which could not have been foreseen or guarded against, such as a shipwreck caused by storm or fire caused by lightning. 2) the loss, as in life, from such an unavoidable accident. The courts remain inconsistent on the exact definition. (See: casualty loss)


noun accident, adversity, affliction, backset, bad fortune, blight, calamity, catastrophe, contretemps, débâcle, disaster, emergency, hardship, ill fortune, ill hap, incident, infliction, injury, misadventure, mischance, mishap, serious accident, setback, tragedy, unforeseen accident, unfortunate accident, unfortunate occurence
Associated concepts: casualty insurance, casualty loss
See also: accident, corpse, damage, disaster, expense, fatality, happenstance, misfortune, quirk, sacrifice, tragedy, victim
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A cross sectional study was conducted on all the registered medico legal cases (3105) reported to casualty department of public sector Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rawalpindi.
Most patients were admitted in the casualty department as a result of injuries (25%), a similar finding to a study in Mpumalanga.
Families can wait until the next morning to visit the medical centres when they reopen, but the families prefer the casualty department in Saqr Hospital as it's easier, faster and gives free-of-charge medical examinations, Dr Al Tair said.
About 200 residents packed out the Birmingham Mail's A&E Debate to highlight plans to stop all emergency surgery at City Hospital casualty department in January.
69972526 |A PS1,300 cheque was handed over to the Huddersfield Kiddicare Appeal from the casualty department of the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, where staff organised a bring-and-buy sale, sponsored swim, dance and |sponsored pub crawl.
The injured were shifted to the casualty department of CMC Hospital Larkana.
Shortly after 7am on Thursday morning staff found that a burglary had taken place in the supplies building, left of the casualty department.
A hospital casualty department was forced to close this week because of a shortage of doctors.
This resulted in our first visit to the new children's casualty department at the University hospital in Walsgrave.
It will include outpatient, X-ray and minor injuries facilities but no casualty department, despite local protests.
HEALTH bosses want to close a hospital casualty department after spending pounds 4million on it.
Police were called to a hospital casualty department after reports of a drunken brawl.

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