When you’re in a motor vehicle accident, you can suffer serious injuries that include deep bruises, lacerations, and broken bones. Although these injuries are painful and the treatments uncomfortable, they tend to heal, allowing you to resume your normal day-to-day activities after you are sufficiently recovered.
Catastrophic injuries are different in that you never fully recover. These are injuries that change your life forever and can even compel you to seek long-term care. In general, they have the following characteristics:
- Affects at least one of your major organs or systems
- Leaves you permanently disabled
- Prevents you from working
- Causes a terminal condition or ends in death
Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 1.5 million Americans suffer a TBI every year.
- Spinal cord injuries: When your vertebrae are dislocated or fractured, it can cause paraplegia and even quadriplegia, leaving you immobile and unable to function without assistance.
- Traumatic amputation: Loss of one or more limbs can leave you with lifelong physical limitations and psychological challenges.
- Internal organ damage: If you suffer major damage to key organs like your liver, kidneys, and spleen, then you can require long-term surgical treatment and even a transplant.
- Disfiguring burn injuries: If your vehicle catches fire as a result of the accident, then you could suffer burn injuries that need surgical attention and leave you permanently disfigured.
- Loss of sight or hearing: Some car accidents result in such intense trauma to the head area that you are left permanently blind or deaf.
When you suffer a catastrophic injury, you are left with high medical bills because they are among the most expensive to treat. What makes your situation even more stressful is that you have no way of working to pay them off. Your quality of life is also affected, which can lead to depression and other emotional challenges. If you were the primary breadwinner in your household, then your family could face economic uncertainty due to your inability to work.
If this happens to you, then you deserve compensation for losses like those below:
- Medical bills
- Costs for physical therapy, psychological treatment, and prescription medications
- Permanent disability
- Lost wages and loss of future earning ability
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
When your life is impacted by a catastrophic injury, a New York personal injury attorney can help you obtain the damages needed to cover economic losses and lessen your financial burdens. While they may not be able to restore the quality of life you had before the accident, you and your loved ones will have access to the finances and services needed to rebuild as much as possible.
Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx personal injury lawyer. If you have questions after an accident, then contact his office at 718-329-9500. Mr. Lutzky offers free initial consultations.