Catastrophic injuries in New Mexico are on the rise. Personal injury lawyer, Scott Atkinson warns that a “catastrophic injury could be just around the corner, and your life could change in the blink of an eye”.
Online PR News – 27-April-2010 – – The term catastrophic injury refers to injuries that are literally catastrophic and life-altering. Injuries that turn one’s life upside down so drastically that life will never be the same as it once was ever again. “Certainly people don’t think they are ever going to be in a situation where something like that would happen to them. Unfortunately, catastrophic injury could be just around the corner, and your life could change in the blink of an eye,” said Scott Atkinson, a New Mexico personal injury lawyer.
When someone thinks catastrophic, they need to think very serious injuries. For example: several categories of injuries are always classified as being catastrophic – multiple bone fractures, amputations, spinal injuries, brain injuries, severe burns and other neurological disorders. Other injuries may involve burns, organ damage, paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia. “They’re called catastrophic injuries for a very good reason,” said Atkinson,” that’s because they send the central nervous system into a major upheaval, which causes problems in other areas of the body.”
People who have sustained catastrophic injuries have a diminished ability to communicate, have cognitive problems and often a loss of sensation as a result of nerve damage. Along with these issues, there may also be a loss of movement. It is also entirely possible that due to the initial injury, whatever that may be, that it directly affects the individual’s circulatory system and breathing, the urinary tract, the digestive system and other crucial body functions. In other words, a person’s whole life has been changed and their body won’t cooperate with them any longer. There is nothing more catastrophic than these kinds of injuries.
“For people who are living a life of constant struggle to just get through the day, the degree of care they often need is very expensive. For the rest of their lives they will need personal and medical assistance. This is one of the main reasons it’s best to call a skilled lawyer with experience in cases like this, as many of the injuries have long term consequences not always visible until years later,” added Atkinson.
While things are difficult for the victim, the family also suffers along with them. It’s the family who does the daily care, the medical appointments, the therapy and the general day-to-day care victims of catastrophic injuries require. “As a personal injury lawyer, I go to bat for my clients and help them recover damages for suffering, pain, lost wages, medical bills, loss of enjoyment of life, anguish and permanent disability,” said Atkinson. The idea is to get a damage award high enough to provide care for the victim for the rest of their lives.
Don’t wait to call a skilled New Mexico personal injury lawyer in the case of catastrophic injury. Every second counts and every important detail about the accident needs to be preserved for evidence.