Catastrophic injuries are those that may cause a permanent impairment, require extensive healing and therapy, shorten a life span, result in the loss of use of certain body parts or systems, cause a deformity or extensive scarring, affect the ability to work in the future, and cause extensive pain and suffering. Some victims never recover from a catastrophic injury and it can affect them for the remainder of their life.
Damages that can be recovered in a New Mexico catastrophic injury case include: scarring, loss of use, lost earning capacity, lost wages, pain and suffering, punitive damages, diminished life span, and past and future medical expenses.
In addition to those that are injured, catastrophic injuries may have devastating effects on families. Spouses may be forced to stop working to care for a loved one while young children may loose the guidance and counseling of a loved one. Both of these types of damages are recoverable as well. Typically known as loss of consortium, these damages are intended to address the effect on a family that catastrophic injury may have.
Causes of catastrophic injury range from, car accident, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, product liability, slip and fall, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and government liability.
When handling a catastrophic injury case it is important for the personal injury attorney to be experienced and familiar with all aspect of damages that may be recoverable.