New Mexico Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
Top-Rated Albuquerque Trial Lawyers for Serious Injury Lawsuits
While all injuries are serious, there are some that can be classified as "catastrophic." These are injuries that do not heal quickly and do not have short-lived consequences. Injuries that are truly catastrophic are those that have a life-altering impact on the victim, requiring ongoing medical support and possibly even impeding their ability to perform normal activities and return to the same quality of life.
Examples of catastrophic injuries include the following:
- Acoustic Trauma: Also known as occupational hearing loss, acoustic trauma refers to injuries that affect your ability to hear—often from prolonged exposure to loud noises. This can be broken into two separate forms of acoustic trauma. One form results from sudden exposure to excessively loud noise while the other is prolonged exposure that causes damage over a long period of time.
- Amputations: The loss of a limb is one of the severest forms of injuries that can be sustained. In some cases, the amputation will result during the course of the accident itself; in others, amputation will be necessary if the limb suffered severe damage (ex: from being crushed). Either way, limb loss can leave the victim unable to continue in their line of work and require prolonged rehabilitation.
- Burns & Scarring: Burns are broken into three separate "degrees" depending on the severity of the burn and the amount of skin affected. While first degree burns can be fairly minor in nature (ex: sunburns), second- and third-degree burns can be extremely painful and result in life-long scarring and disfigurement. Not only is this physically damaging, but it can leave a victim with emotional trauma.
- Loss of Vision: One of the most common injuries involves eyesight. In fact, more than 2,000 eye injuries sustained on the job are reported every single day. Vision can be lost from blunt force trauma by a flying object, a fracture, exposure to chemicals, and lasers.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: When the vertebrae of the spinal cord are damaged, the results can be completely catastrophic. Spinal cord injuries are classified as either "complete" or "incomplete" depending on how many motor functions that the victim retains. In some cases, depending on where the injury was sustained and how severe the injury, spinal cord injuries may result in paralysis.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): There are two types of head injuries that can lead to TBI: closed and open. Closed head injuries may involve blunt form trauma where open injuries involve a penetrating force. Regardless, TBI can lead to debilitating primary and secondary injuries. Minor forms of TBI may result in increased noise sensitivity where severe TBI may require the need for around the clock care.
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If you or a loved one has sustained a catastrophic injury that you feel is the fault of a third party, we encourage you to contact our New Mexico serious injury law firm as soon as possible. We have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and we are ready to help you.
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