Catastrophic Injury Lawyer | Suffolk County & Nassau County, Long Island
A personal injury is always an unwanted and disruptive event in a person’s life. Not only is there the injury itself, but there are also the expenses caused by that injury; there are the medical bills of course, but there are also the costs to repair or replace damaged property. And if the injury is particularly debilitating, then the injured person could be out of work for a while, which could mean lost wages. As bad as personal injuries are, the ones that result in a catastrophic injury are far worse. The reason is that catastrophic injury results in permanent damage to the individual. The legal definition of a catastrophic injury is one whose consequences “permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.”
If a person suffered a catastrophic injury because of the negligent actions of someone else, then the Harrison Law Group can help them. We have decades of experience representing clients who have suffered grievous personal injuries due to the negligence of others. That means we are adept at calculating just how much compensation they will need and that we are more than capable of negotiating with the insurance companies to get a fair settlement amount. If the case comes down to a lawsuit, then we give our clients the best chance of a successful outcome. So if you or someone close to you has suffered a catastrophic injury, contact us to find out how we can help you.
The Definition of a Catastrophic Injury
There are three types of catastrophic injury, each of which can have devastating consequences to the victim of the injury as well as those close to them.
There are various types of injuries that fall under this category. Burns are one of them, specifically third, fourth, or fifth-degree burns. Those kinds of burns penetrate every layer of the skin and even go down to the muscles and the bones in the most severe cases. If a person survives these kinds of burns, then the burnt tissue will have to be removed, which could mean an amputation in some cases. Even if they do not result in an amputation, burns this severe can cause permanent disfigurement, nerve damage, and the loss of function of the burned body part. The victim may also suffer complications like infections or organ damage.
Serious fractures and traumatic orthopedic damage are the other types of catastrophic physical injuries. They include bone breaks or dislocations so severe that they require multiple surgeries and heavy physical rehabilitation to fix. In the very worst cases, amputation of the injured limb may be required. Traumatic orthopedic damage could lead to stiffness, pain, and a limited range of motion, all of which could negatively impact the victim’s ability to work or to participate in activities they once enjoyed.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Damage to the spinal cord can leave a person permanently paralyzed. The level of paralysis depends on how high on the spinal cord the damage occurred; the higher the region that was damaged, the greater the paralysis. So if a person experiences spinal cord damage in the neck region, then they are likely to end up with quadriplegia, which is paralysis in all four limbs. Damage that happens lower on the spinal cord could result in paraplegia, which is paralysis in the lower extremities.
A spinal cord injury is caused by a heavy impact such as a fall, a car accident, or a gunshot wound. A person who suffers a spinal cord injury will need special medical equipment to assist in their mobility. They might also need special respiratory equipment because many of them may have breathing problems or may develop breathing problems later on.
A brain injury occurs when a person suffers a heavy blow to the head or if an object penetrates the skull and enters the brain tissue. The type of brain injury a person suffers could be mild or serious. An example of a relatively mild brain injury would be a concussion, but even a concussion can cause dizziness, memory loss, nausea, and other problems. More serious brain injuries can cause cognitive problems like short term memory loss, aphasia, problems with visual perception, and more.
Proving Negligence in a Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit
Unfortunately, you cannot turn back the clock and change the circumstances that resulted in your catastrophic injury. However, you do have control over what happens next. To succeed in your personal injury lawsuit, you will need to prove that the defendant or defendants acted negligently or recklessly and that their actions or inactions caused your injuries.
Sometimes our clients assume that because they are catastrophically injured, their case will be easy to prove. However, proving negligence is often one of the most challenging aspects of a personal injury lawsuit. At Harrison Law Group, we have represented many victims of catastrophic injuries throughout Long Island and New York City. We have decades of experience helping catastrophic injury victims succeed in proving negligence.
The word negligence is a legal term that means failure to act reasonably under the same or similar circumstances. When a victim becomes injured, he or she can file a lawsuit against the defendant. The person filing the lawsuit, the plaintiff, and the plaintiff will need to show that the defendant acted unreasonably in the circumstances, causing the accident that resulted in their catastrophic injuries.
Gathering Evidence for Your Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit
Recovering compensation is not always as easy as it seems, even in accidents involving catastrophic injuries. Suppose you are involved in a car accident after the defendant failed to follow the traffic light, stop light or another type of traffic signal. The defendant collided with your vehicle and caused your catastrophic injuries. As the plaintiff, you would need to gather evidence that the defendant did ignore the traffic signal.
At Harrison Law Group, our catastrophic injury lawyers will often hire engineers and car accident reconstruction experts. They will help us reconstruct the events that led to your accident, demonstrating that the defendant did fail to follow the traffic signal. We can also work with expert witnesses who will testify about the relationship between vehicles and the roadway. Experts can also address the time, distance, and speed of the vehicles involved in the car accident. Our investigative team will look for any additional evidence, such as CCTV footage or video footage taken by witnesses. If there are any witnesses to your accident, we will try to find them and use their testimony to shed light on the defendant’s negligence.
Accurately Calculating Your Damages
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, you could be facing millions of dollars of medical expenses during your lifetime. It is crucial that you accurately determine the total cost of your economic and non-economic damages and pursue the total amount of compensation you deserve. Harrison Law Group has a network of financial professionals who assist us in calculating our clients’ future expenses. We will work with these investigative, financial, and medical experts to accurately determine the total value of your claim before we begin aggressively negotiating for you.
We Handle Catastrophic Injury Cases on a Contingency Fee Basis
Victims of catastrophic injuries are often financially strained. They have mounting medical bills, are unable to return to work, and have concerns about their financial future. These understandable concerns may lead catastrophic injury victims to think that they cannot afford a lawyer to represent them. However, at Harrison Law Group, our personal injury lawyers represent clients on a contingency fee basis.
We do not charge our clients legal fees until we have successfully obtained compensation for them through an insurance settlement, an out-of-court settlement, or a verdict in court. We understand that being catastrophically injured by another person’s negligence causes extreme financial strain for most families. Harrison Law Group wants to make our clients’ lives easier, not more difficult. If you choose to retain our legal services, you will feel peace of mind understanding that you will not need to pay us until you receive compensation. Our legal fees will be a fraction of your final award. Without a financial recovery, you will not need to pay us any legal fees.
The Consequences Of Catastrophic Injuries
Without the proper financial support, the treatment for a catastrophic injury can be extremely expensive. People with physical injuries will need special mobility equipment and may have to endure extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation. Those who have suffered spinal cord damage will need a lot of special equipment to take care of themselves or for their family to take care of them. Victims of brain injury will require a lot of therapy in order to re-learn basic actions that they took for granted.
In addition to the physical toll of a catastrophic injury, there is an emotional toll as well. Such an injury could cause mental and emotional problems, like PTSD, that require months of therapy to overcome. There is also a toll on the rest of the family members as well. It can be difficult for them, both physically and emotionally, to deal with the fallout from their loved one’s physical injury. That is why everyone who suffers a catastrophic injury needs as much support as possible.
The Harrison Law Group Promises to Help All Victims of Catastrophic Injuries
The physical, emotional, and psychological burdens caused by a catastrophic injury are bad enough, which is why victims of such injuries should not have to worry about the financial burdens as well. We at the Harrison Law Group will fight on behalf of any victim of a catastrophic injury so that they do not have to worry about the financial consequences of their injury.
We understand how serious a catastrophic injury can be to the person who suffers it as well as their family, which is why we do everything in our power to make sure that they get a fair and just settlement that will meet their needs. So contact the Harrison Law Group if you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury so that we can help you.