Catastrophic injuries are of a serious nature and are caused by the negligence of another party. They typically happen suddenly without warning, but the aftermath they leave behind is usually long-term. If you are suffering from a catastrophic injury that is severe, long-term, and potentially permanent, follow along to understand what damages you are entitled to claim and how one of the seasoned Queens personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of George Poulos can work to make this attainable for you.
What kinds of damages from catastrophic injuries are commonly claimed in the state of New York?
Catastrophic injuries are commonly associated with injuries to the neck or spinal cord. Such injuries can lead to paraplegia and quadriplegia, which will leave you with partial or total loss of the use of your limbs and torso. However, also classified as catastrophic injuries are loss of hearing, loss of eyesight or other eye injuries, and facial injuries. More severe kinds of catastrophic injuries include birth injuries, crush injuries, brain injuries, nerve damage, neurological damage, or the need for amputations.
If you are experiencing any of the above injuries, or any type of physical, emotional, or financial burden from your accident, you may require compensation to heal. With a catastrophic injury claim, you may recover both economic and non-economic damages. This includes the following:
- Economic damages:
- Large medical bills for your required specialized medical care, which may potentially last for the rest of your lifetime.
- Considerable medical bills for your required physical therapy, which may potentially last for the rest of your lifetime.
- Current and future lost wages due to your inability to go back to work for years or, potentially, for the rest of your lifetime.
- Serious physical disfigurement, which may permanently affect your physical abilities in your day-to-day life.
- Non-economic damages:
- Deep emotional scarring and distress, which may permanently affect your day-to-day life.
- Chronic pain and suffering, which may permanently affect your day-to-day life.
What is the statute of limitations for my catastrophic injury claim in the state of New York?
It is important to note that, in the state of New York, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim, such as a catastrophic injury claim, is typically three years from the date of your accident. Failure to meet this deadline will permanently bar you from suing and from the compensation you deserve. Therefore, it is key that you do not hesitate in reaching out to our firm to start your claim before it is too late.
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The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today.