What is Catastrophic Injury?

Catastrophic injuries are personal, non-fatal injuries that severely effect or hamper how an individual performs routine tasks and often result in permanent or long-term disabilities. Injuries to the head, neck, and spinal cord make up the majority of catastrophic injuries due to the delicate nature of these parts of the anatomy. Any brunt force impact to these areas may cause permanent personal injuries resulting in years of rehabilitation, loss of income, and insurmountable physical and psychological difficulties. People who suffer a catastrophic injury in Albany or anywhere due to negligence, hazardous conditions, or unsafe work environments have recourse to take legal action against those responsible for their injuries. Please do not let those responsible for your injuries go unpunished.

Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Since catastrophic injuries are any kind of personal injury that severely effects physical or mental activity, there are many different types, with some being more serious than others. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common catastrophic injury effecting approximately 1.7 million people every year, according to the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and responsible for 30% of all injury related fatalities in the United States. In New York, more than 2,000 deaths are attributed to  catastrophic traumatic brain injuries annually.

Injuries to the back or spinal cord can also be severe and cause lifelong immobility like paraplegia and quadriplegia. Paralysis of limbs and loss of motor functions are frequently attributed to spinal cord injuries.

Other types of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Nerve Damage
  • Severe Burns
  • Loss of Limbs
  • Concussion
  • Severe Fractures
  • Internal Organ Damage
  • Blindness

Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

One of the main reasons people receive catastrophic injuries is due to unsafe work conditions. While Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) keeps strict guidelines that must be followed in nearly every occupation, businesses and companies often cut costs to the detriment of their employees. Looking the other way when safety measures are lapsing is a major contributor to workplace accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries.

Car accidents are another way thousands of people suffer personal injuries with lifelong consequences. Whether due to a drunken driver, bad weather, or reckless driving, car accidents are a leading cause of paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, and severe internal injuries. Slip and fall accidents are also a leading cause of personal injuries, especially among seniors.

Common causes of catastrophic injuries in Albany and throughout New York may include:

  • Negligence
  • Improper Work Procedures
  • Lack of Safety Equipment
  • Car Accidents
  • Sports or Sports-related Activities (training, practicing, etc.)
  • Medical Mistakes
  • Slip and Fall Accidents

A catastrophic injury can change your life. Endless hospital visits, grueling rehabilitation sessions, and substantial loss of income are common among victims of catastrophic injuries. With the help of our experienced legal team, you can recuperate damages in the form of compensation from those responsible for your injuries.

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