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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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The overall expenditure for the hospital casualty department during this period was R10 321 401.
A handful of patients seen at Singleton's casualty department come from Llanelli.
HOSPITAL chiefs were yesterday accused of putting lives at risk by closing a casualty department.
KARACHI, August 24, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Civil Hospital, Karachi presented almost a haunted look on Tuesday with only its Casualty department and Emergency Surgical Unit functional.
VICTORY is in sight for campaigners fighting for the return of a casualty department to Ormskirk General Hospital, a delighted MP said last night.
Patients had to be evacuated from a hospital casualty department and anxious householders flooded West Midlands Fire Service with 999 calls after reporting a strong smell of gas in West Bromwich and into Kingstanding and Hamstead, Great Barr.
A MIDDLE-aged couple's kinky late-night romp ended in a hospital casualty department.
Eventually a frantic Mrs Williams took matters into her own hands and drove her son to the casualty department at the University Hospital of Wales where he was admitted for treatment.
A CASUALTY department offering treatment exclusively for battered women is to be opened at Warrington hospital.
Over the same period they checked casualty department records for treatment of assaults.
The casualty department at Monklands is one of Scotland's busiest, dealing with victims from accidents on the M8, M9 and M73 motorways.
Electronic advance noticeboards are being installed in a Birmingham hospital casualty department to warn staff about the arrival of patients with life-threatening conditions.

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