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Frequently Asked Questions About Catastrophic Injuries

Posted on Sep 9, 2017 in Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries can be caused by anything from car accidents to workplace accidents to home fires and burns to medical negligence.

They can also be caused by sports, including football, cheerleading, etc. According to the University of North Carolina’s National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, 65.2% of all catastrophic injuries sustained in youth sports take place in cheerleading – it is second only to American football.

FAQs About Catastrophic Injuries

Q: What classifies as a catastrophic injury?

A: Catastrophic injuries are those injuries that are so severe in nature that their impact often leaves victims with permanent damage. In most cases, these injuries are associated with physical harm to the spinal cord and/or brain. The effects that these injuries can have on a person’s short-term or long-term functional capabilities are so severe that they are considered catastrophic. Some examples of this type of injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Burns over a large portion of the body
  • Amputations
  • Injuries to the nerves in the arm, shoulder or chest
  • Loss of an eye
  • Multiple fractures

Q: What may be the cause of a catastrophic injury?

A: Almost any type of accident may result in a catastrophic injury, such as:

  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Fires
  • Workplace accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Fires
  • Farm machinery accidents
  • Defective products

Q: What are some of the effects of a catastrophic injury?

A: A person who suffers from a catastrophic injury may require multiple surgical procedures, extensive rehabilitation or therapy, special adaptive equipment, long-term and continuous medical treatment. They may also require emotional support that only a professional, like a psychiatrist, can provide.

Victims of catastrophic injuries may also need help in performing everyday tasks that they once could easily perform. A catastrophic injury could have an effect on every aspect of the life of the victim.

Q: What kind of compensation can I receive for a catastrophic injury?

A: A person who sustains a catastrophic injury may be awarded damages, or compensation, for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical costs
  • Expenses related to the injured person’s care
  • Loss of income
  • Future loss of income
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

In some cases, a victim may also be awarded punitive damages – damages that are intended to punish a person whose actions led to the catastrophic injury. Punitive damages, if any, would be included to the list of damages mentioned above.

Get Legal Assistance for Catastrophic Injuries

If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury caused by another person’s negligence or recklessness, you should immediately seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.

You can file a personal injury lawsuit and recover compensation for damages. Your entire life is likely to change drastically as a result of your injury, which is why you need to take action against the party at fault and make sure that you obtain the maximum compensation you are entitled to by law.

This is why you need RMFW Law on your side. We know how to win these types of cases. Do not sign any paperwork with anyone until you have vetted it with us. Do not sell yourself short.

RMFW Law has won millions of dollars for past clients. You too can be on this striking list. Call us today. Let’s hear what you have to say!

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