Do I Have a Valid Catastrophic Injury Claim?

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Unfortunately, people are hurt due to the negligence of others virtually every day here in New York City. In some cases, these injuries are only minor and heal after a matter of days. However, sometimes, injuries are far worse. If you find yourself in this situation, continue reading and reach out to our experienced New York City personal injury attorney to learn more about whether you have a valid catastrophic injury claim and how our legal team can help you through the process. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is classified as a catastrophic injury?

Technically speaking, a catastrophic injury is loosely defined as an injury that significantly and permanently impacts a person’s life. There are various types of catastrophic injuries a person may endure, including the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal injuries, leading to paralysis
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of limb
  • Loss of sight or hearing

What damages can I recover for a catastrophic injury?

If you were catastrophically injured due to the negligence of another, as long as we can satisfy the burden of proof in your injury claim, you should receive financial compensation to help you cope with the economic and non-economic damages you’ve sustained. This can include the cost of medical treatment you received and continue to receive, such as surgeries, rehabilitation or medication, the cost of lost wages from being unable to return to work, and more. You may also recover compensation to help you deal with non-economic damages, which involve the emotional aspect of your injury, such as your injury causing a decreased quality of life or pain and suffering.

How long do I have to file a catastrophic injury claim in New York City?

The answer varies depending on when and how you were injured. For example, if you were injured due to an act of medical malpractice, you will likely have 2.5 years from the date the incident occurred to file your personal injury claim. However, if you were catastrophically injured in an auto accident or a slip and fall, in most cases, you may have as long as three years from the date of your accident to sue. That being said, it’s always best to file your claim as soon after your accident as you can. If you’d like to get started, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today.


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