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Catastrophic injuries permanently change the lives of both injury victims and their loved ones. Tragically, they are more common than you might think. According to the Amputee Coalition, approximately 185,000 amputations occur every year in the United States, and the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports that there are approximately 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injury annually across the country. The NSCISC also reports that life expectancy for spinal cord injury victims, while rising, continues to be lower than that of persons without a spinal cord injury.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that traumatic brain injuries contribute to about 30 percent of all injury deaths. In one year, this translated to approximately 50,000 deaths caused by traumatic brain injuries. This also translated to more than 300,000 children being treated in emergency departments that year for traumatic brain injuries. These are only a few of the many types of catastrophic injuries that devastate injury victims, family members, and loved ones.

If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, you and your loved ones are likely to incur staggering financial losses. A negligent person or company who caused your injury has a legal obligation to compensate all financial losses that occurred as a result of your injury. This is why it is so important to seek the advice of an experienced catastrophic injury attorney who can help uncover all of your past, present and future financial losses.

For decades, New York City injury victims have trusted Russo Law to protect their legal rights. We spend the time to get to know our clients and to answer any questions and address concerns. Unlike other law firms, our attorneys make ourselves available for phone calls, in-person meetings, and any other needs our clients have. Call us at (917) 675-6553 or contact us today to learn more about your rights as the victim of a catastrophic injury.

The Many Different Types of Catastrophic Injuries

A catastrophic injury is a serious injury that causes long-term or permanent impairments. Many different types of injuries might qualify as catastrophic, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Non-traumatic brain injuries (such as a stroke)
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Loss of limbs or extremities (accidental or surgical amputation)
  • Injuries necessitating an organ transplant
  • Cardiac injuries causing long-term cardiac conditions (such as an irregular heartbeat or coronary artery disease)

Often, the reason an injury is referred to as “catastrophic” is the extent of damage it causes. As you will see, a catastrophic injury can quickly result in millions of dollars in financial losses to its victim.

The Extensive Costs of a Catastrophic Injury

Loss of limbs, organ transplants, and spinal cord injuries often require hundreds of thousands of dollars in immediate medical treatment. A victim will almost certainly require ongoing medical care for the rest of his or her life, and this, too, can cost hundreds of thousands (or even millions of dollars) in medical expenses. Almost all victims of catastrophic injuries miss significant time from work. Some are permanently disabled and never able to return to work. This can also result in a substantial sum of lost wages over decades of missed employment. Catastrophic injury victims have the legal right to be compensated for all financial losses that occur as the result of a defendant’s negligence.

In addition to these tangible economic losses, there are many intangible losses that catastrophic injury victims also suffer. They endure painful recovery processes. They lose the enjoyment of life through both daily activities and major life events. (For example, a paralyzed runner loses both the daily enjoyment of running, as well as the ability to walk across the stage at his or her graduation ceremony.) Something as important as holding a child could be taken away from an injury victim. These losses, while intangible and difficult to place a value upon, are still compensable. An experienced New York catastrophic injury attorney will know how to persuasively present these claims to an insurance company or jury in order to protect an injury victim’s right to be compensated for them.

Who is Liable for Compensating a Catastrophic Injury Victim?

There are many different individuals and companies who might be responsible for causing a catastrophic injury. Common examples include:

  • A negligent driver who injures another road user
  • An employer who subjects employees to unsafe working conditions
  • A professional sports organization that fails to provide adequate safety equipment or coaching
  • A manufacturer of a defective vehicle that causes a catastrophic accident
  • A surgeon who amputates the wrong limb
  • A pharmacist who fills a prescription incorrectly and causes the victim to suffer a stroke or heart attack
  • A construction company that drops heavy equipment on passersby in the area
  • A pharmaceutical company that markets a drug known to carry long-term side effects
  • A clothing company that sells children’s clothing made of flammable materials

There are many potential defendants who might face liability for causing a catastrophic injury. The person or company whose negligence caused the injuries will have a legal obligation to compensate all victims of that negligence. Again, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney. He or she will be able to identify all potential defendants to ensure that the victim has access to all potential sources of compensation for his or her financial losses.

Catastrophic injuries almost always have devastating financial consequences for victims and their families. This is why it is so important to find an experienced personal injury attorney who can aggressively defend your legal right to be compensated for all financial losses resulting from the defendant’s negligence. The personal injury attorneys at Russo Law have decades of experience protecting victims of catastrophic injuries throughout New York. Call us at (917) 675-6553 or contact us today to learn how we can help. We deliver personal attention, dependable legal advice, and aggressive protection to injury victims to ensure their legal rights are defended.

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