Although any injury has the potential to change a person’s life, some injuries are so serious, they result in permanent impairment and lifelong limitations. In the legal world, these are known as “catastrophic injuries.”
Catastrophic injuries frequently require extensive medical care, leading to massive bills and other related costs. To make matters worse, victims are often unable to return to work—sometimes temporarily and sometimes permanently—meaning they lose weeks, months, or even years of expected income. On top of all this, the trauma of the accident and the victim’s injuries can be debilitating.
At the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III, we understand the significant impact catastrophic injuries have, both on victims and their families. Led by Long Island catastrophic injury lawyer Joseph J. Perrini, III, our team offers caring and compassionate support to each and every client. We have successfully represented individuals throughout New York City and the surrounding areas, recovering tens of millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts.
What Makes an Injury Catastrophic?
There is no official definition of “catastrophic injury,” but most agree that any injury that results in significant and/or permanent impairment or limitation of a bodily function, member, organ, or system is considered “serious.” In New York, injuries that meet the state’s “serious injury threshold” for auto accident claims are often classified as catastrophic, as well.
Some examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe burns
- Amputation/loss of limb
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
- Broken bones, including compound and multiple fractures
These and other serious injuries often result in partial or total disability, as well as tens to hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of dollars in damages. At the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III, we believe that you deserve justice if you were seriously injured due to the careless, reckless, or wrongful conduct of someone else.
How Do Catastrophic Injuries Happen?
Most often, catastrophic injuries result from catastrophic events, such as major accidents. However, a catastrophic injury can also result from a seemingly minor incident, such as a fender-bender or slip and fall.
Some of the most common causes of catastrophic injuries include:
- Auto accidents
- Large truck collisions
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Dog bites and attacks
- Defective products
- Nursing home abuse
- Medical malpractice
Often, these incidents can be contributed to negligence—when a motorist, employer, caregiver, manufacturer, property owner, or some other person or party is negligent, innocent individuals can suffer devastating injuries with life-altering effects. If you believe another person or party’s negligent or wrongful conduct was the cause of your or your loved one’s catastrophic injury, turn to the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III for a free consultation. Our Long Island catastrophic injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options during a free and confidential consultation.
Damages You Can Recovery From a Catastrophic Injury?
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain & suffering
How Are Catastrophic Injury Claims Different from Other Personal Injury Claims?
Catastrophic injury claims are different from standard personal injury claims in several key ways. First, they tend to be much higher in value. This is due to the fact that catastrophically injured victims typically require more intensive medical attention than less seriously injured victims and may even require lifelong care. Catastrophic injury victims are also at risk of being partially or totally disabled, meaning they may be unable to continue working and earning a living to support themselves and their families.
In short, catastrophic injury damages are typically much higher than standard personal injury damages, meaning these claims are often very high in value. As a result, insurance companies are even more invested in disputing or denying catastrophic injury claims. This is another factor that sets these cases apart from others—the pushback from insurance adjusters and defense teams. In other words, catastrophic injury victims may face tougher battles when it comes to securing the full, fair compensation they are owed.
Another thing that makes catastrophic injury claims unique in New York is the fact that these cases typically provide grounds for going outside the state’s no-fault system. This system comes into play in most motor vehicle accident cases, including those involving passenger vehicles, commercial trucks, pedestrians, and bicyclists. One of the only ways an individual can go outside the no-fault system and bring a claim or lawsuit against a negligent party is by proving that their injuries meet New York’s “serious injury threshold.” Most catastrophic injuries do.
Although it is always important to have a lawyer by your side after a serious accident or injury, this is especially true in cases involving catastrophic injuries. You are likely to face numerous challenges, from getting necessary medical treatment to managing lost wages and everyday expenses to negotiating with the insurance company for a fair settlement. As your Long Island catastrophic injury attorney, Joseph J. Perrini, III is prepared to fight tirelessly for you and for the maximum compensation you are owed. If necessary, he can even take your case to trial.
Seeking the Justice You Deserve
You should not have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own. When you turn to the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III, you get a team of trusted legal professionals ready to advocate for you and your recovery. Led by founding attorney, Joseph J. Perrini, III, we offer truly personalized legal representation, as well as a high level of accessibility and attorney-client communication.
Our firm is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we accept all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay any out-of-pocket expenses when you hire the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III. Instead, we only collect legal fees if we secure compensation for you.
Long Island Catastrophic Injury FAQ
- What happens if a loved one dies after filing a catastrophic injury lawsuit? Some catastrophic injuries are terminal and largely untreatable. As such, it is possible that someone will file a catastrophic injury claim but pass away from complications caused by that injury before their case is concluded. At that point, the case or lawsuit will be replaced by a wrongful death claim to be continued by the deceased’s loved ones. Wrongful death claims are essentially personal injury cases but for someone who is no longer around, so the evidence and research that had been done before the original plaintiff passed away should still be useful.
- Is an injury catastrophic if I can still find work after suffering it? By some legal definitions, an injury is only catastrophic if it prevents you from holding gainful employment. If you are able to find work after suffering a serious injury, then it might allow the defense to argue that the injury is not catastrophic. To counteract this argument, your attorneys will have to focus on the non-work-related consequences of your injury, such as its permanence and other hardships it has caused in your life.
- Why hire a catastrophic injury lawyer? Catastrophic injury claims are hotly contested by the insurance defense teams that handle them. Why? They know that the money owed to the claimant could reach $1 million or more in some cases due to the severity and permanence of the injury in question. Because the insurance company will do everything it can to save its bottom line from such a large payout, you need to do everything you can to fight them, which, for most plaintiffs, means hiring a highly experienced catastrophic injury attorney.